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Peter Gammons, John Madden Named to National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame

Monday, January 18, 2010 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 11:25 PM, under

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) has announced that former long-time ESPN Baseball Analyst Peter Gammons and John Madden have been selected for induction into the organizations hall of fame. In addition, Jim Nantz has been named a repeat winner of the National Sportscaster of the Year , and Bob Ryan as the National Sportswriter of the Year. The induction ceremony will take place on May 3, 2010.


Here is the press release from the NSSA:

2009 NSSA Awards: Gammons, Madden Earn NSSA Hall of Fame Inductions

SALISBURY, NC  (January 18, 2009) - Already Hall of Famers in their respective sports, baseball's Peter Gammons and football's John Madden have been inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.  NSSA Executive Director Dave Goren made the announcement on Monday. 

Gammons and Madden will be inducted May 3rd at the NSSA's Annual Awards Banquet in Salisbury.

Joining Gammons and Madden will be National Sportscaster of the Year Jim Nantz of CBS Sports and National Sportswriter of the Year Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe.  Nantz and Ryan are repeat winners.  They will also be honored at the NSSA Awards Banquet, along with 106 winners of State Sportscaster and Sportswriter of the Year Awards.

Like Ryan, Gammons cut his teeth at The Boston Globe.  In fact, the two started work as interns at The Globe on the same day in 1968.  Gammons went on to revolutionize the way baseball was covered.  His Sunday Notes column often filled an entire page.  After leaving The Globe, Gammons went on to a successful career at Sports Illustrated.  He won three NSSA National Sportswriter of the Year Awards between 1989 and 1993.  Since then, Gammons has become well-known as a baseball expert on television.  He just ended  a long stint at ESPN and can now be seen on the MLB Network (he also writes for mlb.com) and New England Sports  Network (NESN).

Madden won a Super  Bowl as the Oakland Raiders' head coach, then embarked on a long television career that saw him become the preeminent pro football analyst of the last 30 years.  Known for his colorful personality as a commentator, Madden worked for CBS, Fox, ABC and ESPN.  He was the NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year in 1984.  Madden parlayed his fame as an announcer into commercials and a best-selling video game.  He retired in April 2009.

This is Nantz's fifth National Sportscaster of the Year Award (other wins in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2008).  Only Bob Costas (eight) and Chris Berman (six) have won more National Sportscaster of the Year Awards.  CBS's lead play-by-play man for golf, college basketball and NFL football, Nantz started at CBS in 1985 after a short career in local TV sports.

Ryan has won three straight NSSA National Sportswriter of the Year Awards and four overall.  He has spent his entire career at The Boston Globe, where he covered the Boston Celtics' beat for 15 years.  He has been a general columnist for more than 20 years and has branched out into radio and television during that time, making frequent appearances on ESPN's The Sports Reporters.


2009 NSSA STATE AWARD WINNERS




STATE
SPORTSCASTER
SPORTSWRITER
AL
Chris Stewart, Tuscaloosa
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham



AR
Phil Elson, North Little Rock
Bob Wisener, Hot Springs



CA
Greg Papa, Oakland
Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles



CO
Drew Goodman, Denver
Dave Krieger, Denver



CT
Kevin Nathan, Hartford
Jeff Jacobs, Hartford



DE
Scott Klatzkin, New Castle
Kevin Tresolini, Wilmington

John Sadak, Wilmington




FL
David Steele, Orlando
Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg



GA
Wes Durham, Atlanta
Furman Bisher, Atlanta



HI
Bobby Curran, Honolulu
T.V. Mott, Maui


Stephen Tsai, Honolulu



ID
Dave Tester, Meridian
Brian Murphy, Boise



IL
Pat Hughes, Chicago
Dave Reynolds, Peoria


Rick Telander, Chicago



IN
Don Fischer, Indianapolis
Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis



IA
Larry Morgan, Des Moines
Rick Brown, Des Moines



KS
Bob Davis, Lawrence
Kevin Haskin, Topeka



KY
Mary Jo Perino, Lexington
Larry Vaught, Danville



LA
Dave Nitz, Ruston
Randy Rosetta, Baton Rouge



ME
Rich Kimball, Orono
Peter Warner, Bangor

Clem LaBree, Bangor




MD
Craig Heist, Baltimore
Thom Loverro, Columbia



MA
Mike Lynch, Needham
Dan Shaughnessy, Boston



MI
No Winner
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit



MN
Dave Lee, Minneapolis
Charley Walters, St. Paul

Mike Grimm, Minneapolis




MO
John Covington, Washington
Craig Vonder Haar, Washington



MT
Rocky Erickson, Billings
Scott Mansch, Great Falls

Mick Holien, Polson




NE
Kevin Kugler, Omaha
Lee Barfknecht, Omaha


Mike Babcock, Lincoln






NV
Russ Langer, Las Vegas
Ed Graney, Las Vegas



NH
Mike Murphy, Concord
Allen Lessels, Manchester



NJ
Mike Gill, Atlantic City
Brian Cunniff, Wildwood

Tom Williams, Ocean City




NM
Van Tate, Albuquerque
Felix Chavez, Las Cruces



NY
Bruce Beck, New York City
Phil Mushnick, New York City






NC
Woody Durham, Chapel Hill
*Tom Berry, High Point

Mick Mixon, Charlotte




ND
Rod Kleinjan, Dickinson
Wayne Nelson, Grand Forks



OH
Marty Brennaman, Cincinnati
Hal McCoy, Dayton



OK
Bob Barry, Jr., Oklahoma City
Dave Sittler, Tulsa

Dean Blevins, Oklahoma City




OR
Joe Becker, Portland
Rachel Bachman, Portland

Katy Brown, Portland




PA
Merrill Reese, Philadelphia
Rich Hofman, Philadelphia



RI
Steve Hyder, Pawtucket
Joe McDonald, Providence

Steve McDonald, Providence




SC
Tony Ciuffo, Charleston
Ron Morris, Columbia

Mike Morgan, Columbia




SD
Al Decker, Deadwood
Mick Garry, Sioux Falls



TN
Mike Keith, Nashville
Brent Hubbs, Knoxville



TX
Eric Nadel, Arlington
Evan Grant, Dallas



UT
Dana Greene, Salt Lake City
Dirk Facer, Salt Lake City



VT
George Commo, Waterbury
Ted Ryan, Burlington



VA
Lane Casadonte, Richmond
David Teel, Newport News



WA
Bill Krueger, Bellevue
John Blanchette, Spokane



WV
Steve Cotton, Huntington
Jack Bogaczyk, Charleston



WI
Matt LePay, Madison
Gary D'Amato, Milwaukee



WY
Reece Monaco, Cheyenne
Eric Schmoldt, Casper




NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER
NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER

Jim Nantz, CBS Sports
Bob Ryan, The Boston Globe




HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTER
HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITER

John Madden, ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN
Peter Gammons, Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com







*deceased

About NSSA - The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association was founded in 1959 in Salisbury, NC by a local group interested in honoring sportscasters and sportswriters for their crafts.  More than 700 NSSA members from several sports media fields vote annually for State and National Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year.  An annual banquet is held in Salisbury each spring to present the winners with their awards.  In 1962, a Hall of Fame was added.  Starting with Grantland Rice, more than 80 sports media legends have been inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame.

NSSA Mission Statement -- The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, dedicated to honoring, preserving and celebrating the legacy of sportscasters and sportswriters in the United States - for their creativity in storytelling, their pursuit of truth and their conveyance of information - all of which helps American sports fans form lifelong connections to both participatory and spectator sports.   NSSA also seeks to develop educational opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing a career in sports media, through networking, mentoring and scholarship programs.

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