Finalists Announced for 2019 NSMA Awards

11.25.2019
2018 State SPortscaster and Sportswriter of the Year Award (Daniel Coston photo)
2018 State SPortscaster and Sportswriter of the Year Award (Daniel Coston photo)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Finalists for the 2019 National Sports Media Association Awards are listed below.

They include the finalists for Hall of Fame Sportscasters and Sportswriters, nominated by current NSMA Hall of Famers, as well as state sportscasters and sportswriters from 49 states, plus DC, nominated by NSMA members in each state.

Nomination voting took place from October 15 to November 15.

Final ballots will be emailed to members on December 1, for voting through December 31.

Winners will be contacted during the first week of January.

The 2019 NSMA Award winners will be announced during the second week of January.

Winners will be honored in Winston-Salem during the 61st annual awards weekend, June 27-29, 2020.

(Please send any spelling or affiliation corrections to dgoren@nationalsportsmedia.org)

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTERS

James Brown, CBS Sports

Joe Buck, FOX

Skip Caray, Atlanta Braves TV

Greg Gumbel, CBS, NBC

Dan Kelly, NHL on CBS, St. Louis Blues

Bill King, Oakland A's/Raiders, SF Giants/Warriors

Cawood Ledford, Univ of Kentucky radio play-by-play

Tim McCarver, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX

Pam Oliver, FOX

Dan Patrick, ESPN, NBC Sports, The Dan Patrick Show

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITERS

Ira Berkow, New York Times, et. al.

Ray Didinger, Philadelphia Daily News, et. al.

Mike Downey, LA Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Sun-Times & Daily News, The Sporting News, Sport Magazine

William Nack, Sports Illustrated

Bill Plaschke. Los Angeles Times

Claire Smith, Hartford Courant, NY Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN

Rick Telander, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Sun-Times

Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, Newsday, Florida Today

Mike Wilbon, Washington Post

Dick Young, New York Daily News

NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER

Mike Breen, ESPN/ABC

Joe Buck, FOX Sports

Ian Eagle, CBS Sports/Westwood One

Mike "Doc" Emrick, NBC Sports

Kevin Harlan, CBS Sports/Westwood One/Turner Sports

Al Michaels, NBC Sports

Jim Nantz, CBS Sports

Dan Patrick, The Dan Patrick Show

Tony Romo, CBS

Dan Shulman, ESPN

Mike Tirico, NBC Sports

Scott Van Pelt, ESPN

NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER

Christine Brennan, USA Today

Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports

Peter King, NBCSports.com

Buster Olney, ESPN.com

Jeff Passan, ESPN.com

Ken Rosenthal , The Athletic

Jayson Stark, The Athletic

Wright Thompson, ESPN, The Magazine

Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com

ALABAMA SPORTSCASTER

J.D. Byars, Univ. of South Alabama Radio Network

Eli Gold, Crimson Tide Sports Network, Tuscaloosa

ALABAMA SPORTSWRITER

Cecil Hurt, Tuscaloosa News, TideSports.com, Tuscaloosa

Matt Zenitz, AL.com, Birmingham

ARIZONA SPORTSCASTER

Bob Brenly, Diamondbacks/FOX Sports Arizona, Phoenix

Dave Pasch, Arizona Cardinals Radio Network, Phoeix

ARIZONA SPORTSWRITER

Doug Haller, The Athletic, Phoenix

Craig Morgan, The Athletic, Phoenix

Nick Piecoro, Arizona Republic, Phoenix

Caitlin Schmidt, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

Kent Somers, Arizona Republic, Phoenix

ARKANSAS SPORTSCASTER

Justin Acri, 103.7 The Buzz, U. of Cent. AR, Little Rock

Chuck Barrett, Razorback Sports Network, Fayetteville

Josh Bertaccini, 92.1 The Ticket, Fayetteville

Phil Elson, Razorback Sports Network/ESPN Arkansas, Fayetteville

Steve Sullivan, KATV-TV, Little Rock

ARKANSAS SPORTSWRITER

Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville

Andrew Hutchinson, Hawgbeat.com, Fayetteville

Jeremy Muck, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock

Tom Murphy Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Fayetteville

CALIFORNIA SPORTSCASTER

Dave Flemming, KNBR Radio, San Francisco

Ken Korach, A's Radio Network, Oakland

Patrick O'Neal, FOX Sports LA, Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA SPORTSWRITER

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles

Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco

COLORADO SPORTSCASTER

Ryan Harris, Altitude Sports Radio, Denver

Troy Renck, KMGH-TV, Denver

COLORADO SPORTSWRITER

Nick Groke, The Athletic, Denver

Ryan O'Halloran, Denver Post, Denver

CONNECTICUT SPORTSCASTER

Rich Coppola, Fox 61, Hartford

Wayne Norman, WILI-AM/ESPN 99.7 FM, Hartford

CONNECTICUT SPORTSWRITER

Dom Amore, The Courant, Hartford

Dave Borges, Hearst-CT, New Haven

Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, Hartford

DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER

Bill Harman, U of Delaware Radio Network/WDSD, Wilmington

Scott Klatzkin, U of Delaware Radio Network/WDSD, Wilmington

DELAWARE SPORTSWRITER

Brad Myers, The News Journal, Wilmington

Kevin Tresolini, The News Journal, Wilmington

DC SPORTSCASTER

Joe Beninati, NBC Sports Washington/Capitals, Washington


Bob Carpenter, MASN/Nationals, Washington


Dave Johnson, WTOP Radio/Wizards, Washington

Craig Laughlin, NBC Sports Washington/Capitals, Washington

John Walton, Capitals Radio Network, Washington

DC SPORTSWRITER

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, Washington

Brittany Ghiroli, The Athletic, Washington

Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER

Gene Deckerhoff, Seminoles IMG Sports Network & TB Bucs Radio, Tallahassee/Tampa

Steve Goldstein, FOX /Sun Sports/Florida Panthers, Miami

Dave Wills, Tampa Bay Rays/WDAE Radio, Tampa

Joe Zagacki, Miami Hurricanes Radio Network, Miami

FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER

Greg Cote, Miami Herald, Miami

Dave Hyde, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale

GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER

Dave Archer, Falcons Radio Network, Atlanta

Andy Demetra, Georgia Tech Radio Network, Atlanta

Steve Holman, Atlanta Hawks Radio/92.9 The Game, Atlanta

Scott Howard, UGA Radio Network, Athens

Zach Klein, WSB-TV, Atlanta

GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER

Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

Steve Hummer , Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

Ken Suguira, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

HAWAII SPORTSCASTER

Bobby Curran, ESPN 1420, Honolulu

Rob DeMello, KHON2, Honolulu

Kanoa Leahey, Spectrum Sports Hawaii, Mililani

HAWAII SPORTSWRITER

Rob Collias, Maui News, Wailuku

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu

IDAHO SPORTSCASTER

Bob Behler, Bronco Sports Properties/Learfield & KTIK Radio, Boise

Will Hall, KTVB-TV, Boise

Chris King, Vandals Radio Network, Moscow

IDAHO SPORTSWRITER

B.J. Rains, Idaho Press, Nampa

Rachel Roberts, Idaho Statesman, Boise

ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER

Pat Foley, NBC Sports Chicago/Blackhawks, Chicago

Jeff Joniak, Bears Radio Network, Chicago

ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER

Darnell Mayberry, The Athletic, Chicago

Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune, Chicago

Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, Chicago

INDIANA SPORTSCASTER

Mark Boyle, Pacers Radio - Pacers Radio Network, Indianapolis

Don Fischer, IU Sports Properties,Bloomington

INDIANA SPORTSWRITER

Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

Zak Keefer, The Athletic, Indianapolis

Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

IOWA SPORTSCASTER

Gary Dolphin, Hawkeye Sports Network, Iowa City

Keith Murphy, WHO-TV, Des Moines

John Sears, WHO-TV, Des Moines

IOWA SPORTSWRITER

Mark Emmert Des Moines Register, Des Moines

Travis Hines, Ames Tribune, Ames

Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids

Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register, Des Moines

KANSAS SPORTSCASTER

Mike Kennedy, Wichita State Radio Network, Wichita

Wyatt Thompson, K-State Sports Properties, Manhattan

KANSAS SPORTSWRITER

Rick Peterson, Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka

Mike Tait, Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence

KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER

Matt Jones, Kentucky Sports Radio, Louisville

Tom Leach, UK Radio Network, Lexington

KENTUCKY SPORTSWRITER

Jon Hale, Courier-Journal, Louisville

Mark Story, Hearld-Leader, Lexington

Kyle Tucker, The Athletic, Lexington

LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER

Ed Daniels, WGNO-TV, New Orleans

Jacques Doucet, WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge

Fletcher Mackel, WDSU-TV, New Orleans

Doug Mouton, WWL-TV, New Orleans

Ken Trahan, 106.1 FM, New Orleans

LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER

Jeff Duncan, The Athletic, New Orleans

Les East, Crescent City Sports, New Orleans

Scooter Hobbs, American-Press, Lake Charles

MAINE SPORTSCASTER

Dale Duff, The Ticket Bangor

Bill Green, WCSH-TV, Portland

Rich Kimball, U. of Maine Radio Network, Orono

MAINE SPORTSWRITER

Steve Craig, Portland Press Herald, Portland

Joe Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times

Travis Lazarczyk, Morning Sentinel, Kennebec

MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER

Pete Gilbert, WBAL-TV/Radio, Baltimore

Scott Garceau, 105.7 the Fan, Baltimore

MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER

Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

Patrick Stoetzer, Carroll County Times, Westminster

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER

Joe Amorosino, WHDH-TV, Boston

Kyle Draper, NBC Sports Boston, Boston

Mike Gorman, NBC Sports Boston, Boston

Sean Grande, Celtics/98.5 The Sports Hub, Boston

Mike Lynch WCVB-TV, Boston

Dave O'Brien, NESN/Red Sox, Boston

Jerry Remy, NESN/Red Sox

Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, Boston

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER

Peter Abraham, Boston Globe, Boston

Kevin Dupont, Boston Globe, Boston

Chris Gasper, Boston Globe, Boston

Karen Guregian, Boston Herald, Boston

John Karalis, MassLive.com, Boston

Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston, Boston

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, Boston

Gary Washburn, Boston Globe, Boston

MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER

Dan Dickerson, Tigers Radio Network, Detroit

Jack Ebling, The Drive with jack Ebling, lansing

Jamie Edmonds, WDIV-TV, Detroit

Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV, Detroit

MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News, Detroit

Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER

Mike Grimm, Gopher Sports Properties/Learfield, Minneapolis

Alan Horton, Timberwolves/WCCO-AM 830, Minneapolis

MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER

Lavelle E. Neal III, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Michael Russo, The Athletic, Minneapolis

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER

Bart Gregory, SEC Network & MSU Radio Network/Learfield, Starkville

Neil price, MSU Radio Network, Starkville

Matt Wyatt, Matt Wyatt Media/TeleSouth, Tupelo

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER

Rick Cleveland, Mississippi Today, Jackson

Joel Coleman, Starkville Dialy News, Starkville

MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER

Mike Kelly, Mizzou Sports Properties, Columbia

Ryan Lefebvre, FOX Sports KC/ Royals, Kansas City

MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER

Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star, Kansas City

Dave Matter, Post Dispatch, St. Louis

MONTANA SPORTSCASTER

Riley Corcoran, Grizzly Sports Properties/Learfield, Missoula

Rocky Erickson, Rocky Erickson Sports, Billings

Mark Miller, KMXE Radio, Red Lodge

MONTANA SPORTSWRITER

Greg Rachac, 406MTSports.com, Bozeman

Bill Speltz, 406MTSports.com, Missoula

NEBRASKA SPORTSCASTER

Matt Lothrop, KETV-TV, Omaha

Greg Sharpe, Husker Radio Network, Lincoln

NEBRASKA SPORTSWRITER

Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald, Omaha

Parker Gabriel, Journal Star, Lincoln

NEVADA SPORTSCASTER

Kevin Bollinger, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas

Amber Dixon, KSNV-TV, Las Vegas

Chris Maathuis, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas

NEVADA SPORTSWRITER

Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas

Ron Kantowski, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas

David Schoen, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSCASTER

Bob Lipman, Fisher Cats and UNH Radio Networks, Manchester, Durham

Justin McIsaac, UNHRadio Network, Durham

Mike Murphy, UNH Radio Network, Durham

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSWRITER

Tim O'Sullivan, Concord Monitor, Concord

Mike Zhe, Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth

NEW JERSEY SPORTSCASTER

Mike Frankel, Jersey Sports Zone, Trenton

Tom Williams, Prime Events, Ocean City

NEW JERSEY SPORTSWRITER

Steve Politi, NJ Advanced Media, Newark

Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City

NEW MEXICO SPORTSCASTER

DonTrell Moore, UNM Radio Network, Albuquerque

Jack Nixon, NM State Sports Properties, Las Cruces

Robert Portnoy, UNM Radio Network, Albuquerque

NEW MEXICO SPORTSWRITER

Ken Sickenger, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque

Will Weber, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe

NEW YORK SPORTSCASTER

Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV, New York

Ian Eagle, Nets/YES Network, New York

NEW YORK SPORTSWRITER

Rich Cimini, ESPN NY, New York

Tyler Kepner, New York Times, New York

Mike Vaccaro, New York Post, New York

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER

John Forslund, FOX Sports Carolinas/Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh

David Glenn, The David Glenn Show, Raleigh

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER

Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte

Luke DeCock, News & Observer, Raleigh

Ed Hardin, News & Record, Greensboro

Jourdan Rodrigue, The Athletic, Charlotte

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER

Brad Anderson, 103.9 The Truck, Casselton

Dom Izzo, WDAY-TV, Fargo

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER

Jeff Kolpack, The Forum, Fargo

Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks

Brad Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks

OHIO SPORTSCASTER

Jim Day, FOX Sports Ohio/Reds, Cincinnati

Jim Donovan, Browns Radio Network, Cleveland

Dan Hoard, Bengals, UC Bearcats Radio Networks, Cincinnati

OHIO SPORTSWRITER

Paul Daugherty, Enquirer, Cincinnati

Paul Dehner, Jr., The Athletic, Cincinnati

Zach Meisel, The Athletic, Cleveland

Aaron Portzline, The Athletic, Columbus

OKLAHOMA SPORTSCASTER

John Holcomb, KOTV-TV, Tulsa

Bruce Howard, Univ. of Tulsa Radio Network, Tulsa

Dave Hunziker, Oklahoma State Radio Network, Stillwater

Cayden McFarand, KJRH-TV, Tulsa

OKLAHOMA SPORTSWRITER

Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

Guerin Emig, Tulsa World, Tulsa

Bill Haisten, Tulsa World, Tulsa

Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

OREGON SPORTSCASTER

John Canzano, 750 the Game, Portland

Nick Krupke, KPTV-TV, Portland

OREGON SPORTSWRITER

John Canzano,The Oregonian, Portland

Jason Quick, The Athletic, Portland

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSCASTER

John Clark, NBC 10/NBC Sports Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Scott Franzke, Phillies Radio Network, Philadelphia

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSWRITER

Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News, Philadelphia

Bob Ford, The Inquirer, Philadelphia

Matt Gelb, The Athletic, Philadelphia

Jim Salisbury, NBC Sports Philadelphia, Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSCASTER

Nick Coit, WLNE-TV, Providence

Ruthie Polinsky, WPRI-TV, Providence

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSWRITER

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

Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal, Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER

Scott Eisberg, WCIV-TV, Charleston

Brad Fralick, WYFF-TV, Greenville

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER

Lou Bezjak, The State, Columbia

Jeff Hartsell, Post and Courier, Charleston

Manie Robinson, Greenville News, Greenville

Gene Sapakoff, Post and Courier, Charleston

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER

Scott Kooistra, KYNT Radio, Yankton

Tyler Merriam, SDSU Radio Network, Brookings

John Thayer, Coyote Sports Network, Vermillion

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER

Ryan Deal, Daily Republic, Mitchell

Jeremy Hoeck, Press & Dakotan, Yankton

TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER

Dawn Davenport, 104.5 The Zone, SEC Network, Nashville

Joe Fisher, Vanderbilt Radio Network, Nashville

Jeff Hem, Sounds Radio Network, Nashville

Jonathan Hutton, 104.5 The Zone, Nashville

Kevin Ingram, 104.5 The Zone, Nashville

Mike Keith, Titans Radio Network, Nashville

Steve Selby, Redbirds Radio Network, Memphis

Pete Weber, Predators/102.5 The Game Radio Network, Nashville

John Wilkerson, WIVK/WNML Radio, Knoxville

TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITER

Mike Organ, The Tennessean, Nashville

Joe Rexrode, The Athletic Nashville

Teresa Walker, Associated Press, Nashville

TEXAS SPORTSCASTER

Dale Hansen, WFAA-TV, Dallas

John Morris, Baylor Radio Network, Waco

Eric Nadel, Rangers Radio Network, Dallas

Brad Sham, Cowboys Radio Network, Dallas

Craig Way, Longhorn IMG Sports Network, Austin

TEXAS SPORTSWRITER

Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman, Austin

Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle, Houston

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Forth Worth

Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio

Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News, Dallas

Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News, Dallas

Levi Weaver, The Athletic, Dallas

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock

UTAH SPORTSCASTER

Craig Bolerjack, AT&T SportsNet/Jazz, Salt Lake City

Scott Garrard, 1280 The Zone, Salt Lake City

David James, KUTV-TV/KZNS Radio, Salt Lake City

UTAH SPORTSWRITER

Dirk Facer, Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Tony Jones, The Athletic, Salt Lake City

Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City

Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City

VERMONT SPORTSCASTER

Jack Fitzsimmons, WCAX-TV, Burlington

Lauren Walsh, WFFF/WVNY-TV, Burlington

VERMONT SPORTSWRITER

Mike Beniash, Caledonian Record, St. Johnsbury

Austin Danforth, Burlington Free Press, Burlington

VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER

Mike Burnop, VT Radio Network, Blacksburg

Marc Davis, WWBT-TV, Richmond

Dave Koehn, Virginia Sports Properties (UVA), Charlottesville

Jon Laaser, VT Radio Network, Blacksburg

Wes McElroy, Fox Sports 910, Richmond

Travis Wells, WDBJ-TV, Roanoke

VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER

Mike Barber, Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond

Andy Bitter, The Athletic, Blacksburg

David Teel, The Daily Press, Newport News

WASHINGTON SPORTSCASTER

Brock Huard, ESPN 700, Seattle

Dave Sims, Mariners TV/ROOT Sports, Seattle

WASHINGTON SPORTSWRITER

Gregg Bell, The News Tribune, Tacoma

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times, Seattle

Larry Stone, Seattle Times, Seattle

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER

Steve Cotton, Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network

Mark Martin, WCHS/WVAH-TV, Charleston

Keith Morehouse, WSAZ-TV, Huntington

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER

Chuck McGill, Thundering Herd Illustrated/HerdZone.com, Huntington

Grant Traylor, Herald-Dispatch, Huntington

WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER

Brian Anderson, Brewers/FOX Sports Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Matt Lepay, Badger Sports Properties/Learfield & FOX Sports Wisconsin, Madison

WISCONSIN SPORTSWRITER

Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee

Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee

WYOMING SPORTSCASTER

Steve Core, KUGR, Green River

Keith Kelley, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne

Scott Mangold, KPOW Radio, Powell

Reece Monaco, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne

WYOMING SPORTSWRITER

Tyler Polosky, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne

Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune, Casper


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