American Sportscasters Association
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The American Sportscasters Association (ASA) was founded in 1979 by broadcaster Dick London and associate attorney Harold Foner as a non-profit association to represent sportscasters by promoting and supporting the needs and interests of the professional sports broadcaster.
In 1980, Louis O. Schwartz was asked to revitalize the association by London and Foner and was named executive director. In 1983, a board of directors was established consisting of Jack Brickhouse, Don Dunphy, Dick Enberg, Curt Gowdy and Schwartz. Enberg was elected as chairman and Schwartz as president.
Halls of Fame
In 1984, Schwartz established the ASA Hall of Fame to honor those who have achieved excellence in the field of sports broadcasting. Inductees include:
In 1987, the association established an International Hall of Fame. Its first inductee was Masao Hazama, one of Japan's first television sports broadcasters. Other inductees include BBC Sports boxing correspondent Harry Carpenter (1989) and Song Shixiong, sports commentator for China Central Television (CCTV) for over 30 years (1995).
Recognizing sportcasters and notable individuals
The association has also recognized sports greats and other notable individuals who have had an impact on society and the world of sports, including Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Joe DiMaggio, Larry King, Henry Kissinger, LeRoy Neiman, and U.S. President Ronald Reagan
It has had fourteen Hall of Fame dinners with over 500 attendees at each one.
Board of directors
- (2007) Sports Market Place Directory. Grey House Publishing. "Professional Organizations", p. 254.
- 1997 Information Please Sports Almanac. "Hall of Fame & Awards", p. 490.
- americansportscastersonline.com, the association's official website