EIU's John Twork Named Winner Of STAA's Jim Nantz Award
June 4, 2010 at 2:29 PM (PT)
EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY senior JOHN TWORK has been named the winner of the SPORTSCASTERS TALENT AGENCY OF AMERICA's second annual JIM NANTZ Award, given to the top collegiate sportscaster in AMERICA. TWORK serves as Sports Director, play-by-play voice of EIU baseball and women's basketball, and sideline reporter for EIU football, at noncommercial WEIU (HIT-MIX 88.9)/CHARLESTON, IL.
"As talented as the inaugural field was last year, this year's field was deeper which made the selection process even more challenging," says STAA CEO JON CHELESNIK. "What JOHN TWORK does especially well is put his listeners inside the stadium or arena by not only describing the action, but also the sights, sounds and emotions of the players, coaches and fans. His play-by-play is a story."
"The aim of the STAA All-AMERICA program is to encourage collegiate sports broadcasters nationwide to strive to achieve their professional best," CHELESNIK added. "We also want to recognize those students who have worked exceptionally hard to develop their sports broadcasting skills.
"STAA hopes to encourage young sports broadcasters to emulate JIM's work ethic, personal values and devotion to family."
TWORK was judged the winner by a panel of experts including LEARFIELD SPORTS Broadcast Manager TOM BOMAN, INDIANA PACERS voice MARK BOYLE, ATLANTA FALCONS and GEORGIA TECH announcer WES DUNHAM, CINCINNATI REDS and OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY play-by-play man PAUL KEELS, NEW ORLEANS HORNETS broadcaster BOB LICHT, and VIRGINIA TECH voice BILL ROTH. Finalists for the award, besides TWORK, were ANDREW ALLEGRETTA (SR, SYRACUSE), JOHN STEVENS (EAST TENNESSEE STATE), KEVIN O’ROURKE (RUTGERS), ANDREW AFRICK (SYRACUSE), and BRIAN BOESCH (OHIO UNIVERSITY).