via press release:
CBS SPORTS’ VERNE LUNDQUIST TO RECEIVE VIN SCULLY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN SPORTS BROADCASTING FROM WFUV RADIO ON THURSDAY, MAY 8, AT GOTHAM HALL IN NEW YORK CITY
***SOUL/GOSPEL LEGEND MAVIS STAPLES JOINED BY NEWSMAN SCOTT SIMON, AND KATHERINE OLIVER OF BLOOMBERG ASSOCIATES AS HONOREES***
New York, March 6—CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting from WFUV Radio (90.7 FM/wfuv.org) at the station’s Seventh Annual Spring Gala on Thursday night, May 8, at Gotham Hall in New York City, it was announced today by Fordham University’s non-commercial, public media service.
Lundquist, the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of college football, also does play-by-play for NCAA basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, and provides commentary for the Masters and the PGA Championship, among other PGA Tour events. He is admired by peers as a humble professional.
Scully, the iconic Voice of the Dodgers for 60 years, is a renowned Fordham graduate, and product of WFUV Radio, which was his launching pad to a Hall of Fame career. Past Scully Award winners include: inaugural recipient Scully (2008), Dick Enberg (2009), Ernie Harwell (2010), Pat Summerall (2011), Al Michaels (2012), and Bob Costas (2013).
Three additional honorees have also been announced: soul/gospel legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and civil rights icon, Mavis Staples will be awarded the “Artist of the Year” honors. Scott Simon will receive the “Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism.” Like Scully, Osgood is a legendary product of WFUV. This is the third year WFUV will honor an individual or organization for their “Community Service,” and the 2014 recipient is Katherine Oliver, principal partner at Bloomberg Associates, an international consulting service founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as a philanthropic venture to help city governments improve the quality of life of their citizens.
Lundquist joined CBS Sports in 1982, and was inducted into the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in April 2007. This year marks his 30th year broadcasting the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the Masters. He has been a regular member of CBS’s golf announce team from 1983-95. During his career, he worked with Terry Bradshaw and Dan Fouts, and occasionally with lead analyst John Madden, on the Network’s NFL broadcasts and was lead play-by-play announcer for CBS’s coverage of figure skating during the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. He had extensive involvement in the Network’s previous coverage of the NBA.
Following in Scully’s huge footsteps, WFUV alumni who have also used the station as a springboard include the following team play-by-play broadcasters: Mike Breen (Knicks television), Michael Kay (Yankees television), Bob Papa (football Giants radio), Chris Carrino (Nets radio), Charlie Slowes (Nationals television), Spero Dedes (Knicks radio), and Ryan Ruocco (Nets television).
Staples, who won a Grammy for 2010’s You Are Not Alone, her highest Billboard chart debut of her 50+ year career, will receive the “Artist of the Year” Award at the Gala. Staples, who provided one of the most indelible moments of the 2013 Grammy telecast with a moving tribute to Levon Helm alongside Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and Brittany Howard (The Alabama Shakes), will also perform at the event.
Staples’ career began in the 1950s when her family’s iconic gospel-folk group, The Staple Singers, became a popular household name with hits such as “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” Their spiritual and political sound became voices of the Civil Rights movement alongside Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Decades later, Staples’ notable collaborations as a solo artist include Ray Charles, Natalie Merchant, Bob Dylan, Prince and Wilco. The story of Staples and her musical family is chronicled in the new, critically acclaimed book by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot: I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway (Scribner, 2014.)
Scott Simon, one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters, will receive the “Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism.” The host of “NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon,” which the Washington Post called “the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial,” Simon has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars. Osgood is also a legendary product of WFUV.
This is the third year WFUV will honor an individual or organization for their “Community Service,” and the 2014 recipient is Katherine Oliver, principal partner at Bloomberg Associates, an international consulting service founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as a philanthropic venture to help city governments improve the quality of life of their citizens. As the former Commissioner of The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (2002-2013), Oliver is largely responsible for Big Apple’s ascent to unprecedented heights as an entertainment-industry destination, resulting in the funneling of $70 billion in direct funds to the city.
WHAT: The gala is a benefit to support WFUV (90.7 FM), New York’s source for music discovery, and a noncommercial, member-supported public media service of Fordham University for more than 65 years.
WHERE: Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018
WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2014. Cocktails at 6 p.m.
Gala Details and Tickets
WFUV Radio’s Annual Gala 2014 will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by dinner, awards and live entertainment. Attire is “festive.” For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit www.wfuv.org/gala, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 930-8898.
About WFUV: WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org), New York’s source for music discovery, is a noncommercial, member-supported public media service of Fordham University for more than 65 years. WFUV has received national recognition for its award-winning weekday format of adult album alternative music, award-winning local news and sports, and a diverse weekend lineup. WFUV’s robust website has extensive audio archives, videos, song playlists, an events calendar, blog and other resources.
About Fordham University: Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom.
Play-by-Play Announcer, CBS Sports
Verne Lundquist joined the CBS Sports Masters® announce team in 1983 and has called the action at Augusta National every year except 1997-98, in addition to several other PGA TOUR events. This is his 30th year covering the Masters for CBS.
During his tenure, Lundquist has broadcast more than 20 different sports for the Network. He serves as the lead play-by-play announcer with Gary Danielson for CBS Sports’ coverage of college football. Lundquist also serves as play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of NCAA basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, which he is also calling for his 30th year. He served CBS Sports as an NFL and college play-by-play announcer in 1998 after having previously worked for the Network from 1982-96.
Lundquist was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Well known in Texas as the long-time radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys (1972-84), he was sports director at WFAA-TV in Dallas for 16 years. Lundquist was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2003. He won seven consecutive Texas Sportscaster of the Year Awards (1977-83). Lundquist was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. It was the first time in the 55-year history of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame that members of the media were inducted. Lundquist was part of the inaugural class along with seven other legendary sportscasters and sports writers. He also was named the 2005 Legend of the Sun Bowl by the Sun Bowl Association.
Lundquist was the lead play-by-play announcer for figure skating at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games and also had extensive involvement in CBS Sports’ previous coverage of the NBA. Among the 20 different sports he has broadcast for CBS include track and field, swimming and diving, boxing, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, weightlifting, free style skiing, archery, horse racing and horse jumping, and was a regular member of the Network’s golf team (1983-95).
Lundquist worked with Terry Bradshaw, who he presented at induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as Dan Fouts, and occasionally with lead analyst John Madden, on the Network’s NFL broadcasts. He worked at ABC Sports from 1974-81 and three years as play-by-play announcer for TNT’s NFL, NBA, golf and figure skating coverage (1995-97).
Lundquist began his career at KTBC-TV in Austin, a station owned by President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson. Lundquist has played himself in three movies, including Happy Gilmore. He was born July 17, 1940, in Duluth, Minn., and grew up in Everett, Wash. and Austin, Texas.
Lundquist earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Texas Lutheran University in 1962 and received the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also is a member of Texas Lutheran’s Board of Regents. He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with his wife, Nancy, where they serve on the Board of Directors of the summer chamber music festival, “Strings Music Festival.” Most recently, the Lundquists were named the Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s “Philanthropist of the Year” in Steamboat Springs.