Basketball Hall of Fame Reveals 2022 Curt Gowdy Media Award Recipients
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today at NBA All-Star 2022 the Basketball Hall-of-Famer and New York Knicks TV analyst Walt Frazierfemale college and professional basketball writer Mechelle Voepel and director of the NBC network Dick Ebersol are the winners of the 2022 Curt Gowdy Media Award.
The Curt Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the late Curt Gowdy, a legendary sportscaster and former Hall of Fame Board Member and Chairman. This prestigious award is given to members of the print, electronic and transformative media whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.
Frazier, Voepel and Ebersol will be recognized for their contributions to the basketball media during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s enshrinement weekend on September 9-10, 2022. For more details, including ticket information , visit www.hoophall.com/events/enshrinement-2022.
Electronic Media Award Winner Curt Gowdy – Walt Frazier
With the same unmistakable combination of style, grace and flair that marked his Hall of Fame playing career, Walt “Clyde” Frazier won over a whole new generation of fans through his acclaimed work as one from the game’s leading broadcast analysts.
For more than three decades, Frazier’s tenure as an analyst for his former team, the New York Knicks – first on radio and now on television – was marked by his unique vocabulary and unparalleled wisdom in of basketball. Working alongside three of the game’s longtime voices, Jim Karvellas, Marv Albert and Mike Breen, Frazier has entertained, educated and enlightened thousands of fans in the world’s greatest basketball city, many of whom are too young. to remember his playing days but who idolize him in much the same way.
Frazier’s personal involvement doesn’t end with the final bell. He is one of the many faces of the franchise and uses his popularity and fame for notable causes including the importance of education. Active in the charitable efforts of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, he founded the Walt Frazier Youth Foundation in 1996.
As a broadcaster, he’s come to symbolize Knicks basketball the same way he did as a player four decades ago. Frazier connects generations through his work behind the mic and off the court.
Winner of the Curt Gowdy Print Media Award – Mechelle Voepel
Mechelle Voepel joined ESPN.com in 1996 as a women’s college and professional basketball editor, and since then has covered other college sports as well. She has spent her entire career covering the sport of women’s college basketball and has appeared in over 20 consecutive women’s basketball finals.
Voepel is considered an authority on the women’s game, both collegiate and professional. She has dedicated her career to telling the history and stories of women’s basketball.
Voepel covered her first women’s basketball game at the University of Missouri in 1984 and graduated from Mizzou with a journalism degree in 1987. Her first job was in Jackson, Tennessee, and she also worked as a writer and editor. in Columbia Journals, month; Newport News, Virginia; and Kansas City, Mo.
Born in Los Angeles, she grew up 40 miles north of St. Louis and is a lifelong Cardinals baseball fan, still amazed by the 2011 World Series title. She covered the Summer Olympics and winter, the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament and several major professional golf tournaments.
Transformative Media Award Winner Curt Gowdy – Dick Ebersol
Dick Ebersol’s long and storied career as a television executive will be best remembered for his groundbreaking work with NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games. In all, Ebersol produced 19 Olympics television broadcasts, including the 1992 Barcelona Olympics which featured the Dream Team, the gold-medal winning American men’s team that ushered in a new era of basketball. Ebersol helped transform coverage of the Olympic Games by exploring the personal stories of athletes, coaches and other personalities to shine a light on the human side of sport. His approach to storytelling became his calling card and translated well into all sports.
As chairman and later president of NBC Sports, Ebersol engineered NBA on NBC, an unprecedented league-network relationship beginning in 1990. NBA on NBC included the annual Sunday Night All-Star Game, as well as coverage of the regular season and playoffs that featured double and triple headers aired in the early rounds. During this time, the NBA experienced phenomenal growth and increasing popularity thanks in part to Ebersol’s commitment to production, programming and promotion.
Under Ebersol, NBA on NBC featured talent like Marv Albert, Bob Costas, Doug Collins, Mike Fratello, Greg Gumbel, Ahmad Rashad, Hannah Storm and Bill Walton. Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals still ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched game on record, and Michael Jordan’s return from his first retirement was seen in more than 10 million homes.
NBC’s 12-season partnership with the NBA included studio broadcasts NBA session and inside things and the broadcast of the inaugural games of the regular season and the WNBA playoffs. In 1996, after delivering the NBA Finals, World Series, Super Bowl and Summer Olympics to NBC, sports news named Ebersol “The Most Powerful Person in Sports”. He is a recipient of the 2008 Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.
Previous Curt Gowdy Media Award winners:
1990 – Dick Herbert/Curt Gowdy
1991 – Dave Dorr/Marty Glickman
1992 – Sam Goldaper/Chick Hearn
1993 – Leonard Lewin/Johnny Most
1994 – Leonard Koppett/Cawood Ledford
1995 – Bob Hammel/Dick Enberg
1996 – Bob Hentzen/Billy Packer
1997 – Bob Ryan/Marv Albert
1998 – Larry Donald and Dick Weiss/Dick Vitale
1999 – Smith Barrier/Bob Costas
2000 – Dave Kindred/Hubie Brown
2001 – Curry Kirkpatrick/Dick Stockton
2002 – Jim O’Connell / Jim Nantz
2003 – Sid Hartman/Hot Rod Hundley
2004 – Phil Jasner/Max Falkenstien
2005 – Jack McCallum/Bill Campbell
2006 – Mark Heisler/Bill Raftery
2007 – Malcolm Moran/Al McCoy
2008 – David Dupree/Bob Wolff
2009 – Peter Vecsey/Doug Collins
2010 – Jackie MacMullan/Joe Tait
2011 – Alexander Wolff/Jim Durham
2012 – Sam Smith/Bill Schonely
2013 – John Feinstein/Eddie Doucette
2014 – Joe Gilmartin/John Andariese
2015 – Rich Clarkson/Woody Durham
2016 – David Aldridge/Jay Bilas
2017 – Harvey Araton/Craig Sager
2018 – Andy Bernstein/Doris Burke
2019 – Marc Stein/Ralph Lawler
2020 – Michael Wilbon/Mike Breen/Inside the NBA/Jim Gray
2021 – Mel Greenberg/Mike Gorman/George Kalinsky