2018 NSMA Hall of Fame Finalists

11.30.2017

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (NOVEMBER 30, 2017) -- Below is the list of finalists nominated by the NSMA Hall of Fame Committee, Board and staff, for induction into the NSMA Hall of Fame in 2018. There are ten sportscasters and ten sportswriters on the final ballot, which will be distributed for voting on December 1st to eligible NSMA members.

Linda Cohn was a 2017 NSMA Hall of Fame inductee (Brian Westerholt/Sports on Film Photo)
Linda Cohn was a 2017 NSMA Hall of Fame inductee (Brian Westerholt/Sports on Film Photo)

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTER

James Brown, CBS

*Skip Caray, Atlanta Braves TV

Woody Durham, U. of North Carolina Radio

*Chris Economaki, ABC, others

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN Radio

Bryant Gumbel, NBC, HBO

Greg Gumbel, CBS, NBC

*Dan Kelly, NHL on CBS, St. Louis Blues

Tim McCarver, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX

Pam Oliver, FOX

Mike Lupica was a 2017 NSMA Hall of Fame inductee (Brian Westerholt/Sports on Film Photo)
Mike Lupica was a 2017 NSMA Hall of Fame inductee (Brian Westerholt/Sports on Film Photo)

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITER

Ira Berkow, NY Times, NEA, others

Tom Boswell, Washington Post

Christopher Clarey, New York Times

*Ray Fitzgerald, Boston Globe

Jerry Green, Detroit News

Claire Smith, New York Times, Hartford Courant, Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN

Art Spander, Oakland Tribune, The Sporting News

Rick Telander, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Sun-Times

Dick Weiss, Philadelphia/NewYork Daily News

*Dick Young, New York Daily News

Below is the list of national finalists for the 2017 NSMA Awards, nominated by eligible NSMA members. The top ten vote-getters (plus ties) are placed on the final ballot.

2017 NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Joe Buck, FOX

Ian Eagle, CBS

Mike 'Doc' Emrick, NBC

Kevin Harlan, CBS, Turner

Ernie Johnson, Jr., Turner Sports

Sean McDonough, ESPN

Al Michaels, NBC

Jim Nantz, CBS

Dan Patrick, Dan Patrick Show, NBC

Dan Shulman, ESPN

Mike Tirico, NBC

Scott Van Pelt, ESPN

2017 NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Christine Brennan, USA Today

Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports

Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated

Peter King, Sports Illustrated, The MMQB

Buster Olney, ESPN.com

Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic

Bob Ryan, Boston Globe

Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated

Wright Thompson, ESPN.com

Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

Below is the list of state finalists for the 2017 NSMA Awards, as nominated by their peers, NSMA members in those states. The top two vote-getters (plus ties) are placed on the final ballot. Voting will take place throughout the month of December.

Winners will be contact during the first week of January. The list of 2017 NSMA Award winners will be released in mid-January.

Winners will be honored as part of the 59th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 23-25, 2018, in Winston-Salem, NC.

ALABAMA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jim Dunaway, CBS 42 & WJOX Radio, Birmingham

Chris Stewart, Crimson Tide Sports Network, Tuscaloosa

ALABAMA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Scarbinsky, AL.com, Birmingham

Matt Zenitz, AL.com, Tuscaloosa

ARIZONA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dave Pasch, Arizona Cardinals Radio Network, Phoenix

Tim Ring, KPHO/KTVK-TV, Phoenix

ARIZONA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Doug Haller, Arizona Republic, Phoenix

Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic, Phoenix

Nick Piecoro, Arizona Republic, Phoenix

Kent Somers, Arizona Republic, Phoenix

ARKANSAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Phil Elson, Razorback Sports Network/Fox Sports Arkansas, Little Rock

Wess Moore, FOX 16, Little Rock.

ARKANSAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Matt Jones, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Fayetteville

Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Fayetteville

CALIFORNIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Ken Korach, Oakland A's/95.7, Oakland

Mike Krukow, San Francisco Giants/KNBR-AM, San Francisco

Charley Steiner, AM 570 Dodgers Radio Network, Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Dan Brown, Bay Area News Group, San Jose

Helene Elliott, LA Times, Los Angeles

Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco

Tim Kawakami, The Athletic, San Jose

Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco

Andy McCullough, LA Times, Los Angeles

Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco

Mark Whicker, Southern California News Group, Long Beach

COLORADO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Sandy Clough, KKFN Radio, Denver

Dave Logan, KOA Radio, Denver

COLORADO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mark Kiszla, Denver Post, Denver

Paul Klee, Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs

CONNECTICUT SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Joe D'Ambrosio, UConn IMG Sports Network/NBC Connecticut, Hartford

John Pierson, WTNH-TV, New Haven

CONNECTICUT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, Hartford

Paul Doyle, Hartford Courant, Hartford

DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Matt Janus, Wilmington Blue Rocks/FOX Sports Digital, Wilmington

Scott Klatzkin, 94.7 WDSD, Wilmington

DELAWARE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jon Buzby, Newark Post, Newark

*Jason Levine, News Journal, Wilmington

Kevin Tresolini, News Journal, Wilmington

DC SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Joe Beninati, Washington Capitals TV, Washington

Steve Buckhantz, Washington Wizards TV, Washington

DC SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Chelsea Janes, Washington Post, Washington

Barry Svrulga, Washington Post, Washington

Mark Zuckerman, MASN.com, Washington

FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mick Hubert, Florida Gators Radio Network, Gainesville

Eric Reid, FOX/Sun Sports, Miami

FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando

Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, Miami

GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons Radio Network/FOX Sports, Atlanta

Steve Holman, Atlanta Hawks Radio Network, Atlanta

GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Steve Hummer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

HAWAII SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bobby Curran, ESPN 1420, Honolulu

Kanoa Leahey, Spectrum Sports, Honolulu

HAWAII SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Billy Hull, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu

IDAHO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Chris King, Idaho Vandals Radio Network, Moscow

Chris Lewis, KTIK Radio, Boise

IDAHO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

B.J. Rains, Idaho Press-Tribune Nampa

Dave Southorn, Idaho Statesman, Boise

ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mark Giangreco, WLS-TV, Chicago

Pat Hughes, Cubs Radio Network, Chicago

ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jim Benson, Pantagraph, Bloomington

Chris Hine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago

Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago

Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, Chicago

INDIANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dan Dakich, 1070 The Fan, Indianapolis

Don Fischer, IU Radio Network/Learfield, Bloomington

Howard Kellman, Indianapolis Indians Radio Network, Indianapolis

Bob Lamey, Indianapolis Colts Radio Network

INDIANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune, South Bend

Mike Miller, Herald Times, Bloomington

Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

IOWA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

John Walters, Iowa State Radio Network/Learfield, Ames

Keith Murphy, WHO-TV, Des Moines

IOWA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Steve Batterson, Quad City Times, Davenport

Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids

KANSAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mike Kennedy, Wichita State Radio Network, Wichita

Greg Rahe, WVOE Radio, Emporia

Wyatt Thompson, K-State Sports Network/Learfield, Manhattan

KANSAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Bob Davidson, Salina Journal, Salina

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence

KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Tom Lane, WDRB-TV, Louisville

Kent Taylor, WAVE-TV, Louisville

KENTUCKY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jen Smith, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington

Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington

Tim Sullivan, Courier-Journal, Louisville

LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jacques Doucet, WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge

Fletcher Mackel, WDSU-TV, New Orleans

LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ross Dellenger, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com/Times Picayune, New Orleans

Larry Holder, NOLA.com/Times Picayune, New Orleans

Scott Rabalais, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

MAINE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Rene Cloukey, WAGM-TV, Presque Isle

Rich Kimball, Black Bear Sports Properties/Learfield, Orono

MAINE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ernie Clark, Bangor Daily News, Bangor

Joe Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times, Houlton

MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Scott Garceau, 105.7 The Fan, Baltimore

Gerry Sandusky, WBAL-TV, Baltimore

Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV, Baltimore

MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Thom Loverro, Washington Times, Washington, DC

Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Joe Amorosino, WHDH-TV, Boston

Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, Boston

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe

Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe, Boston

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, Boston

MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jack Ebling, 92.1 FM & Fox 47, Lansing

Jamie Edmonds, WDIV-TV, Detroit

MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dan Barreiro, KFAN, Minneapolis

John Focke, Minnesota Lynx Radio Play-by-Play, Minneapolis

Cory Provus, Go 96.3 Twins Radio Network, Minneapolis

MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Joe Christensen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bart Gregory; SEC Network + / Mississippi State University

Rob Jay, WLBT-TV, Jackson

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Danny P Smith, Starkville Daily News, Starkville

Scott Walters, Commercial Dispatch, Columbus

MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mitch Holthus, Chiefs Radio Network, Kansas City

Mike Kelly, Missouri Tiger Radio Network, Columbia

MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star, Kansas City

Dave Matter, Post-Dispatch, St. Louis

MONTANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Kyle Riley, 910 AM KBLG, Billings

Jay Sanderson, Montana State Bobcats, Bozeman

MONTANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Scott Mansch, Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls

Greg Rachac, Billings Gazette, Billings

Steve Schreck, Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls

NEBRASKA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Greg Sharpe, Husker IMG Sports Network, Lincoln

Kevin Sjuts, KOLN/KGIN-TV, Omaha/Lincoln

NEBRASKA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Lee Barfnecht, Omaha World Herald, Omaha

Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald, Omaha

NEVADA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Bollinger, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas

Amber Dixon, KSNV-TV, Las Vegas

NEVADA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Steve Carp, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas

Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bob Lipman, WTPL/Wildcat Sports Properties/Learfield, Concord/Durham

Mike Murphy, Wildcat Sports Properties/Learfield, Durham

Jamie Staton, WMUR-TV, Manchester

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Roger Brown, Union Leader, Manchester

Allen Lessels, UNC Wildcat Insider, Durham

Ryan O'Leary, Seacoast Media Group, Portsmouth

Al Pike, Foster's Daily Democrat, DoverAl Pike, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover

Mike Whaley, Seacoast Media Group, Portsmouth

Mike Zhe, Seacoast Media Group, Portsmouth

NEW JERSEY SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mike Frankel, WSNJ, Millville

Mike Gill, 97.3 ESPN, Atlantic City

Tom Williams, Prime Events, Ocean City

NEW JERSEY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Gregg Lerner, MSG Varsity, Toms River

Steve Politi, NJ Advance Media, Newark

Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City

NEW MEXICO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jack Nixon, NMSU Radio Network/Learfield, Las Cruces

Robert Portnoy, 770 KKOB UNM Radio Network/Learfield, Albuquerque

NEW MEXICO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-News, Las Cruces

Rick Wright, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque

NEW YORK SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV, New York

Laura Behnke, WABC-TV, New York

Michael Kay, YES Network, New York

NEW YORK SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Neil Best, Newsday, Melville

John Branch, New York Times, New York

John Harper, New York Daily News, New York

Frank Isola, New York Daily News, New York

Joel Sherman, NY Post, New York

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Stan Cotten, Wake Forest/IMG Sports Network, Winston-Salem

Jeff Gravley, WRAL-TV, Raleigh

Gary Hahn, NC State Sports Network/Learfield, Raleigh

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Andrew Carter, News & Observer, Raleigh

Luke DeCock, News & Observer, Raleigh

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Brad Anderson, 740 The Fan, Fargo

Mark Beighley, KZZY Radio Devils Lake

Dan Keating, KMAV, Mayville

Jody Norstedt, Midco Sports Network, Fargo

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Greg Devillers, Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks

Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks

Eric Peterson, The Forum, Fargo

OHIO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jim Donovan, WKYC TV and Cleveland Browns Radio Network

Dan Hoard, Bengals Radio/UC Bearcats IMG Sports Networks, Cincinnati

OHIO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Paul Dehner, Jr., Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati

Tim May, Columbus Dispatch, Columbus

OKLAHOMA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Brian Davis, Fox Sports Oklahoma/OKC Thunder, Okla. City

Dennis Higgins, Tulsa Drillers Radio, Tulsa

OKLAHOMA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jenni Carlson, Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

Guerin Emig, Tulsa World, Tulsa

Bill Haisten, Tulsa World, Tulsa

OREGON SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jerry Allen, Oregon IMG Sports Network, Eugene

John Canzano, KXTG-102.9/750 The Game

Mike Parker, Oregon State Radio Network/Learfield, Corvalis

Orlando Sanchez , KGW-TV, Portland

OREGON SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

John Canzano, The Oregonian, Portland

Andrew Greif, The Oregonian, Portland

Steve Mims, Register-Guard, Eugene

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

John Kruk, Phillies TV, CSN Philly, Philadelphia

Marc Zumoff, 76ers/NBC Sports Philadelphia, Philadelphia

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia

Jim Salisbury, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Todd Zolecki, Phillies.com, Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Nick Coit, WLNE-TV, Providence

Yianni Kourakis, WPRI-TV, Providence

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Bill Koch, Providence Journal, Providence

Brendan McGair, Pawtucket Times/Woonsocket Call, Pawtucket/Woonsocket

Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal, Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Scott Eisberg, WCIV-TV, Charleston

Phil Kornblut, SC News Network, Columbia

Mark Sturgis, ESPN Upstate, Greenville

Pete Yanity, WSPA-TV, Spartanburg

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Lou Bezjak, The State, Columbia

David Cloninger, Post and Courier, Charleston

Joe Hughes, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach

Scott Keepfer, Greenville News, Greenville

Grace Raynor, Post and Courier, Charleston

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dellas Cole, Brookings Radio, Brookings

Al Decker, KDSJ, Deadwood

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ryan Deal, Daily Republic, Mitchell

Jeremy Hoeck, Press & Dakotan, Yankton

TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Pete Pranica, FOX Sports Southeast/Grizzlies, Memphis

Pete Weber, 102.5 The Game Predators Radio Network, Nashville

TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Joe Rexrode, The Tennessean, Nashville

Teresa Walker, Associated Press, Nashville

TEXAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Eric Nadel, 105.3 The Fan Rangers Radio Network, Dallas

Brad Sham, Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, Arlington

TEXAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman, Austin

Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News, Dallas

UTAH SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Craig Bolerjack, ROOT Sports (Jazz), Salt Lake City

Alema Harrington, ROOT Sports, Salt Lake City

UTAH SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City

Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City

VERMONT SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Erin Cofiell, ABC22/FOX 44, Burlington

Jack Healey, WSYB-AM Rutland & NSN Sports

VERMONT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Alex Abrami, Burlington Free Press, Burlington

Tom Haley, Rutland Herald, Rutland

VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dennis Carter, WSET-TV, Lynchburg

Damon Dillman, WCAV-TV, Charlottesville

Wes McElroy, Fox Sports 910 Radio, Richmond

Travis Wells, WDBJ-TV, Roanoke

VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Barber, Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond

David Teel, Daily Press, Newport News

WASHINGTON SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Brock Huard, 710 ESPN, Seattle

Dave Sims, ROOT Sports/Mariners, Seattle

WASHINGTON SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times, Seattle

Stef Loh, Seattle Times, Seattle

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Steve Cotton, Marshall IMG Sports Network, Huntington

Keith Morehouse, WSAZ-TV, Huntington

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Chuck McGill, Thundering Herd Illustrated, Huntington

Grant Traylor, Herald-Dispatch, Huntington

WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Brian Anderson, FOX Sports Wisconsin (Brewers), Milwaukee

Matt Lepay, Badgers Sports Network/Learfield, Madison

WISCONSIN SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison

Tom Silverstein, Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee

Jason Wilde, Wisconsin State Journal, Green Bay

WYOMING SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Frank Gambino, Wyo Preps, Casper

Keith Kelley, KFBC Radio -- Cheyenne

Scott Mangold, KPOW, Powell

Reece Monaco, KFBC Radio -- Cheyenne

Erik Pauley, Wind River Radio Network, Riverton

Megan Salle, KTWO-TV, Casper

WYOMING SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne

Jeremiah Johnke, Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne

Jack Nowlin, Casper Star-Tribune, Casper

Scott Nulph, Laramie Boomerang, Laramie

* - deceased

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