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Kimball named Maine Sportscaster of the Year

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Broadcast veteran honored for third time in four years

BANGOR Local sportscaster Rich Kimball has been named the Maine Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (NSSA).

Kimball is the radio play-by-play voice of the University of Maine Black Bear football team. He also hosts the 'Downtown with Rich Kimball' radio show Monday through Friday from 4-6 PM. This is the third time in the last four years that Kimball has received this honor, and his fifth win overall.

All in all, Kimball has won more than 25 awards for his broadcasting acumen over the years. He has worked at numerous media outlets around the area over the course of a career that began when he was still in high school, putting in time on television at WABI and WLBZ and on the radio at WZON among others.

(Note: In the interest of full disclosure, Rich Kimball is also a regular contributor to The Maine Edge. Additionally, the writer makes regular appearances on the 'Downtown' radio show.)

'I appreciate an award like this because it isn't just about me,' Kimball said. 'This is recognition for all the work that everyone does here at Downtown' and the work that Bob Lucy does with me for UMaine football.'

Kimball went on to talk about what the NSSA award means to him.

'I feel like it's more meaningful than other awards someone might win. This one is special because it is voted on by your peers sportscasters and sportswriters.'

Kevin Thomas from the Portland Press Herald was named Maine's Sportswriter of the Year by the NSSA. It is Thomas's first win - he is the beat writer for the Portland Sea Dogs and the Maine Red Claws; he has also covered University of Maine sports.

Kimball and Thomas along with the national honorees and the 104 other state award winners will be recognized as part of the 54th annual NSSA Awards Weekend taking place June 8-10 in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The awards weekend is a particularly enjoyable time for Kimball.

'It's great,' he said. 'It's a chance to network with peers from all over the country. Having been lucky enough to go a few times, it's always great to see some of the folks who have also won before and reconnect with them.'

'There's no distinction between the national guys and the local guys,' he continued. 'Even the people at the very top can relate to the rest; at some point in their careers, they have had to deal with some of the same stuff that we all have.'

The NSSA named Dan Patrick the National Sportscaster of the Year and Peter King the National Sportswriter of the Year. In addition, broadcaster Dick Vitale and sportswriter Mitch Albom were named to the NSSA Hall of Fame.

Last modified on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:39

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