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Southern League honors Kinas, Long
09/09/2011 12:26 PM ET
The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce that Patrick Kinas has been named its 2011 Radio Broadcaster of the Year, as selected by his peers and the league's general managers.

Kinas has been broadcasting for the Carolina Mudcats since 1999 and was honored with this same award in 2003. Since 2009, he has been president of Play-By-Play Sports Properties which is involved in several national broadcast and sponsorship events spanning baseball, football and other multi-media projects.

Starting at the age of 14, Kinas called high school football and basketball games in Pontiac, IL. Then, he went on to call these same sports at Millikin University in Illinois where he also interned at WGN. While earning his M.A. from Northwestern University, he interned at WSCR.

Kinas was a broadcaster for the Clinton Lumberkings and the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League before joining the Mudcats. Next year he looks forward to once again being the TV broadcaster for East Carolina Pirates football and men's basketball games on their local/regional networks, while calling NC State women's basketball on radio, along with other games and sports on the ACC Network. In January, 2012, he'll be calling the national radio broadcast of the East West Shrine Game from Tropicana Field.

The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce that Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser has been named its 2011 Sportswriter of the Year, as selected by the league's radio broadcasters and general managers.

Long, in his eighth season as beat writer for the Montgomery Biscuits, is honored for the third time in the last five years. He was previously honored during Montgomery's 2009 season and Montgomery's 2007 league championship season.

Known for his versatility, Long has worn many hats with the Advertiser, including copy editor and designer. He also connects with fans through frequent blogs, keeping readers informed about happenings in each of Tampa Bay's affiliates and Biscuits players past and present.