The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2013 and will induct seven industry leaders on Dec. 17 during its annual Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Ceremony, to be held at the New York Hilton Hotel.
This year’s class comprises former ESPN VP and COO Scotty Connal; Managing Director for CTV Outside Broadcasts Barry Johnstone; NFL SVP of Broadcasting and Media Operations Howard Katz; NBC Sports broadcaster Al Michaels; ESPN EVP of Technology and CTO Chuck Pagano; YES Network Technical Manager Joe Schiavo; and the “Father of Sports Aerial Broadcasting,” Mickey Wittman.
Ken Aagaard, chairman, Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, announced this year’s class of distinguished inductees at the SVG/Variety Sports Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles. “Year after year, the Hall of Fame class surprises us in terms of the quality of the inductees and their importance to the entire sports-broadcasting community. This year’s is no exception, and December 17 promises to be a wonderful evening of celebration and remembrance.”
The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame honors excellence and lifetime achievement in these industry categories: management, production, technical operations, leagues/teams, manufacturers/vendors, engineering, and on-air talent. Barry Johnstone declared "I think that I am the first recipient from a European based company to be inducted. I am very proud not only for myself but also for CTV and the Euro Media Group.”