Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Broadcaster Bill Schonely and reporter Sam
Smith have been selected as the 2012 recipients of the Curt Gowdy Media Award
from the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the legendary sports broadcaster
and former Basketball Hall of Fame President, the late Curt Gowdy. This
prestigious award is presented annually to members of the print and electronic
media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to the game
Schonely was the voice of the Portland Trail Blazers from their first
preseason game in Longview, Washington, in 1970 through the 1998 playoffs.
"The Schonz" called 2,522 games during that time.
"We couldn't be happier for Bill. He's been one of the strongest pillars for
our franchise since its inception 42 years ago," said Trail Blazers president
Larry Miller. "This is a testament to the impact he's had on fans in the city
of Portland and broadcasters across the country."
Smith is a long-time NBA writer for the Chicago Tribune.
Previous winners of the Gowdy Award, which has been presented since 1990,
include legendary broadcasters Marty Glickman, Chick Hearn, Dick Enberg,
Johnny Most, Dick Stockton and Marv Albert, as well as Leonard Koppett, Bob
Ryan and Jim O'Connell on the print side.
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