The United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Ronald Reagan Media Award winner is Dick Enberg, one of America’s most versatile sportscasters who during his long career has called nearly every major sporting event from Wimbledons to Super Bowls.
Enberg, who provides play-by-play for the San Diego Padres, began broadcasting in 1957 and today remains the only sportscaster to win Emmys in three categories—broadcasting, writing and producing.
The Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award, named in honor of the 40th President of the United States, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting. The individual, like this year’s award winner, should exhibit imagination, excitement and genius in kindling a keen public interest and appreciation for the role of sport in modern society.
For more than half a century, Enberg provided play-by-play in various sports for such networks as NBC, who he worked with for 25 years, CBS, and ESPN. He became well known for his signature catchphrase during outstanding plays: “Oh, my!”
Enberg, Cal State Northridge’s assistant baseball coach and an assistant professor in the early 1960s, has proven just as good behind a pen as behind a mic. He wrote his autobiography, “Oh, My!” in 2004 and penned a one-man theatrical play, “COACH.” The play, which debuted in 2005, is a tribute to his former college basketball broadcast partner and late friend, Al McGuire.
Enberg, who the Academy recognized for its Media Award in 1989, has garnered many prestigious awards and honors over the years, including: 13 Sports Emmy Awards, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy; nine National Sportscaster of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and induction into that organization’s Hall of Fame; and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In addition, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) honored Enberg in 1997 with an award in recognition of his longtime support of the organization’s Academic All-America program. The Dick Enberg Award is given annually to a person whose actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America Teams Program and the student-athlete, while promoting the values of education and academics. Enberg continues to be an avid supporter of the program, often lending his voice to video presentations related to CoSIDA’s annual Academic All-America Hall of Fame ceremony
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