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SADAK NAMED DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR01/09/2012 1:31 PM ET
By Matt Janus / Wilmington Blue Rocks
Wilmington, DE - The Wilmington Blue Rocks proudly announce that lead radio play-by-play broadcaster John Sadak has been named 2011 Delaware Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. It marks the second time in three years he has taken the honor.
"John brings an incredible amount of passion and energy to each Blue Rocks broadcast," said Blue Rocks general manger Chris Kemple. "Through the years we have had some terrific announcers who have achieved great success. Jim Rosenhaus is in the majors with the Cleveland Indians, Bob McElligott calls NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Mark Nasser announces Triple-A baseball for the Omaha Storm Chasers. John is as talented as any broadcaster we have ever had."
In 2011, Sadak's Delaware work included the play-by-play of Blue Rocks baseball on the airwaves of the team's new radio partner, Rowan Radio, 89.7 WGLS-FM. He also announced University of Delaware women's basketball on the radio for a seventh straight season. His calendar year calls included the Blue Hens' spectacular four-game run to the CAA tournament title game in March, and the biggest regular-season win in program history for Elena Delle Donne and company over then-No. 11 Penn State in November.
In the greater Delaware Valley, his 2011 work featured radio play-by-play of Princeton University men's basketball, including the program's record-setting 26th Ivy League title and a dramatic buzzer-beating defeat of Harvard in a one-game playoff for a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Sadak's call of Douglas Davis' jumper was replayed numerous times nationally on Westwood One radio, CBS television and led ESPN's SportsCenter for more than 24 hours.
Sadak also had the national call of the first Penn State football game in the wake of Joe Paterno's firing and the related child-abuse scandal against Nebraska for Westwood One radio. In addition, he announced the Philadelphia regional final of the Division I women's basketball tournament for Westwood One between the Duke Blue Devils and UConn Huskies. The contest featured the nation's top female basketball star, Maya Moore, crossing the 3,000-point threshold en route to securing a Final Four berth for another radio call that received multiple airings nationwide.
The 33-year-old Rowan University alumnus added freelance assignments with ESPN in 2011 as well, calling football, basketball and soccer games for the network's online/mobile platform, ESPN3. Among the football work, he announced games featuring the University of Virginia out of the ACC, Heisman Trophy candidate Case Keenum's record-breaking comeback win for Houston at Louisiana Tech, an epic overtime David versus Goliath match-up between an FBS and FCS squad and two FCS playoff contests. He also called ACC men's and women's regular-season soccer for the worldwide leader, along with the ACC women's soccer tournament's semifinals.
Sadak's work has been recognized multiple times over the years, including top sportscasting honors from the Delaware Press Association four times over the last five years and top overall announcing honors in all formats three times in the same span. His efforts have also been recognized by the Philadelphia Press Association, New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Communicator Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, National Federation of Press Women and College Broadcasters Incorporated, among others. A native of New York City who grew up in Brick, NJ, Sadak and his wife Colleen live in Pike Creek, DE.
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and Hall of Fame is the only organization dedicated to the crafts of sportscasting and sportswriting in the United States. Comprised of approximately 800 members, the organization includes the most accomplished and talented sports media in the industry covering professional, collegiate and amateur sports both in the U.S. and abroad. Annual voting on the state Sportscaster and Sportswriter of the Year awards, as well as the prestigious Bear Bryant College Coach of the Year award, is conducted by organization members.
The Newark Post's Jon Buzby claimed Delaware Sportswriter of the Year honors from the organization. Bob Costas of NBC Sports/MLB Network and sportswriter John Feinstein of the Washington Post were elected to the NSSA's Hall of Fame. National Sportscaster of the Year Dan Shulman of ESPN and National Sportswriter of the Year Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated, along with Costas, Feinstein, Sadak and all of the other state victors, will be honored at the 53rd Annual NSSA Awards Banquet on June 11, 2012 in Salisbury, NC.
Catch Sadak's award-winning work all season long. Every Blue Rocks game airs on Rowan Radio, 89.7 WGLS-FM and online at wgls.rowan.edu. Coverage begins 30 minutes before first pitch with The Rocks Report pre-game show.
The Blue Rocks' 2012 season gets underway on Friday, April 6 in Myrtle Beach, SC against the Pelicans (Texas Rangers). Frawley Stadium lights the lights for the 2012 home opener on Friday, April 13 when the Blue Crew hosts the Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles). For ticket information, please call 302-888-BLUE or visit bluerocks.com. Season tickets are on sale now and the team's 2012 schedule is available online.