STAA Unveils Jim Nantz Award, 'All-America' Program
January 6, 2009 at 5:10 AM (PT)
SPORTSCASTERS TALENT AGENCY OF AMERICA will bestow its first annual JIM NANTZ AWARD, to be presented to an outstanding student collegiate sports broadcaster in what STAA CEO JON CHELESNIK calls college sports broadcasting's "version of the HEISMAN TROPHY."
The award, named after the long-time CBS SPORTS personality, is part of STAA's new sports broadcasting All-America program. Submissions are being taken starting immediately from students, professors, employers and other broadcasting professionals at staatalent.com, with a top-20 ranking of college sports broadcasters updated all year and the top five at the end of each scholastic year chosen as "STAA All-Americans." This year's winners will be announced JUNE 5th; the NANTZ AWARD winner will receive a trophy, demo and resume portfolio package from STAA, and a year in STAA's "Talent Search" program, while the five "All-Americans" will get three months in the program along with a certificate.
"The aim of the STAA All-America program is to encourage collegiate sportscasters nationwide to strive to achieve their professional best," said CHELESNIK. "We are thrilled to name our award in honor of JIM NANTZ. We hope to encourage young sportscasters to emulate JIM's work ethic, personal values and devotion to family. We are grateful to JIM for lending his name to this award."
"We will collect candidates from among STAA and non-STAA clients alike, and from among outstanding collegiate sportscasters that we come across in our daily course of business," he added. "Some students will see their name on the All-America list and wonder how we even knew about them."
The JIM NANTZ AWARD is open to outstanding play-by-play announcers, sports update anchors, or sports talk show hosts. CHELESNIK and a rotating panel of industry professionals will head the selection committee. Submissions should include a single mp3 audio file e-mailed to AllAmerica@staatalent.com. The MP3 file should include continuous, unedited samples of at least two of the following sports broadcasting skills: football, basketball, baseball and/or hockey play-by-play, sports updates (minimum two update samples) and sports talk. Play-by-play and sports talk segments must be at least six minutes each in length. Submissions should also include school and expected date of graduation.