Visser to headline NSSA festivities in Salisbury; complete list of winners
January 9, 2015 at 11:37 AM EST - Updated July 11 at 10:21 AM
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV)
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has announced that Bill Raftery, Dick Schaap, Hal McCoy and Lesley Visser are part of the largest class of inductees in the organization's 56-year history. They will be enshrined during the NSSA's annual awards banquet, June 8, 2015 in Salisbury, according to a news release provided to WBTV.
Joining the Hall of Fame quartet as honorees at the banquet will be 2014 National Sportscaster of the Year Mike ‘Doc' Emrick and 2014 National Sportswriter of the Year Tom Verducci, along with more than 100 state sportscasters and sportswriters of the year from 48 states and the District of Columbia (see list below).
Raftery has followed a long college basketball coaching career with a second career as a basketball analyst on television. He joined CBS Sports in 1983 and currently calls games for CBS, including his 33rd NCAA Tournament this year, as well as Fox Sports 1 and Westwood One radio network. Raftery had a long career at ESPN and also called New Jersey Nets and Big East Network games.
The late Dick Schaap is being recognized for his ground-breaking work as the host of ESPN's acclaimed Sunday morning show, The Sports Reporters, as well as for his five Emmy Awards. Schaap also co-hosted The Sporting Life on ESPN Radio (with his son Jeremy) and had a long print career, ranging from his job as editor of Sport magazine to authoring or co-authoring 33 books. Schaap died in 2001.
McCoy is a writer and columnist who spent most of his career as the Cincinnati Reds beat writer for the Dayton Daily News. In 2002, the Baseball Writers Association of America honored him with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Despite being legally blind, McCoy continues to cover the Reds for FoxSportsOhio.com. After a career of firsts in both print and broadcast, Visser becomes the third woman elected to the NSSA Hall of Fame. She was the first female beat writer covering an NFL team, when the Boston Globe put her on the New England Patriots beat. Visser then embarked on a long television career with CBS, HBO, ABC and ESPN. Among her roles, Visser was the first female sideline reporter for a Super Bowl (1995), first woman assigned to Monday Night Football (1998) and first female color commentator for an NFL game (2001). She was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, when she was presented with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. In 2007 she returned to writing as a columnist for CBSSports.com and in September 2014 she again made television history with the debut of the first all female national weekly sports show WE NEED TO TALK on CBS Sports Network.
Emrick wins the National Sportscaster of the Year for the second straight year. The “voice” of the National Hockey League on NBC and the NBC Sports Network, Emrick's hockey play-by-play career stretches back more than 40 years. He has called more than 3,000 NHL games, including the last 25 Stanley Cup playoffs. A two-time Sports Emmy Award winner, he was the first broadcaster inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame and was recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2008.
This is Verducci's first election as National Sportswriter of the Year. Sports Illustrated's lead baseball writer for more than a decade, Verducci started his SI career in 1993. Before SI, Verducci was a sports reporter and lead baseball columnist for Newsday and a sportswriter for Florida Today. Verducci added tv duty to his resumé in 2008. He won a Sports Emmy in 2012 for his work on MLB Network and TBS. He has served as a game analyst for FOX Sports since 2011. [About the voting: From mid-October through mid-November, NSSA members in each state nominate up to three state and national sportscasters and sportswriters of the year. For state categories, the top two, plus ties, are placed on the final ballot. For national categories, the top ten, plus ties, are placed on the final ballot. NSSA national board members provide nominations for the Hall of Fame categories, and ten names are placed on the ballot for each of those categories. Final balloting takes place during the month of December.] HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTERS Bill Raftery, Big East Network, ESPN, CBS, FOX Sports *Dick Schaap, The Sports Reporters, ESPN HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITERS Hal McCoy, Dayton Daily News, Fox Sports Ohio Lesley Visser, Boston Globe, HBO, ABC, ESPN, CBS, CBSSports.com
NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER Mike ‘Doc' Emrick, NBC NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPORTSCASTER Joe Beninati, Capitals/CSN Washington, Washington Bob Carpenter, Nationals/MASN, Washington DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPORTSWRITER Thom Loverro, Washington Times, Washington
FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER Gene Deckerhoff, FSU/IMG & Bucs Radio Networks, Tallahassee/Tampa FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER Gary Shelton, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg
GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER Steve Holman, Hawks Radio Network/92.9 The Game, Atlanta GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER Steve Hummer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta
IDAHO SPORTSCASTER Tom Morris, Idaho Vandals Sports Properties/Learfield, Moscow IDAHO SPORTSWRITER Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman, Boise
ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER Pat Hughes, Cubs Radio Network/WGN, Chicago ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER Rick Telander, Sun-Times, Chicago
INDIANA SPORTSCASTER Mark Boyle, Pacers Radio Network/107.5/1070 The Fan, Indianapolis INDIANA SPORTSWRITER Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis
IOWA SPORTSCASTER Andy Garman, KCCI-TV, Des Moines IOWA SPORTSWRITER Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids
KANSAS SPORTSCASTER Mike Kennedy, Shocker Sports Properties/KEYN, Wichita KANSAS SPORTSWRITER Gary Bedore, Journal World, Lawrence
KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER Kent Spencer, WHAS-TV, Louisville KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER Eric Crawford, WDRB.com, Louisville
LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER Ed Daniels, WGNO-TV, New Orleans LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER Glenn Guilbeau, Gannett, Baton Rouge
MAINE SPORTSCASTER Don Shields, Black Bear Sports Network/Learfield, Orono MAINE SPORTSWRITER Mark Emmert, Press-Herald, Portland
MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER Johnny Holliday, Terrapin Sports Network,MASN, College Park MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore
MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER Dave Goucher, WBZ-FM/Bruins Network, Boston Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, Boston MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe, Boston Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe, Boston
MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER Dan Dickerson, Tigers Radio Network/WXYT, Detroit MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER Jeff Seidel, Free Press, Detroit
MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER Dawn Mitchell, KMSP-TV, Minneapolis MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER Joe Christensen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis
MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER Jim Ellis, Mississippi State Bulldog Sports Network/Learfield, Starkville MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER Rick Cleveland, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Jackson
MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER Mike Shannon, KMOX Radio/Cardinals, St. Louis MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star, Kansas City