For his 34 years of contributions to sports news and broadcasting, Randy Patrick will receive a 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy.

Patrick has been sports director at WKRG News 5, a CBS-affiliate television station in Mobile, Ala., since 1991. The station provides daily coverage of the Gulf Coast.

Randy Patrick, WKRG Sports Director, received his Distinguished Service Award at the United States Sports Academy's 29th annual Awards of Sport in Daphne, Ala.

“It’s an honor to be selected for such a prestigious award and I am very humbled,” Patrick said. “I’ve followed the Academy since its founding and enjoyed the opportunities to get to know Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich throughout the years.”

Patrick plans to accept his award at the Academy’s annual Awards of Sport event, “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete,” on Nov. 14 at the university’s Daphne, Ala., campus.

In 1979, Patrick’s career began as a radio pioneer at WABF Radio in Fairhope, Ala. In 1980, he moved to WKRG Radio and then went on to WKRG-TV in 1988.

Patrick has received several awards throughout his career for broadcasting excellence, including the John Harris Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mobile Press Club in 2005, the John Finley Award in 2012, and numerous Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) Mobile and Pensacola “Best Sports Anchor” awards and honors.

For an unprecedented 11 years in a row, Patrick has been named Mobile’s favorite sportscaster in the annual Mobile Press-Register’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Patrick has provided news coverage of many local and national sporting events, including the past four BCS National Championship games, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournaments, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournaments, the Azalea Trail Run, and 17 seasons of Southern League Baseball.

For 33 years, Patrick has covered the Senior Bowl, a yearly college football game held in Mobile, Ala., that features America’s best senior players who are top NFL draft prospects.