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Sports: NSMA will honor Platt

Press release by NSMA

Recently retired sportscasters Bob Miller and Howard Platt will receive the National Sports MediaAssociation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the NSMA’s 58th Annual Awards Banquet, on June 26 in Winston-Salem.

Miller retired in April after 44 years and more than 3,300 games as the television play-by-play announcer for the Los

The 2003 NSMA North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year, Platt has been a familiar face to many NSMA awards weekend attendees, interviewing winners and other guests. He recently retired after 37 years as the voice of radio sports in the NSMA’s hometown of Salisbury. Platt delivered morning sports reports and called play-by-play for local colleges and high schools.

He is most associated with the Rowan County American Legion team.

Platt also served as a member of the NSMA’s Board of Directors and Program Committee.

“Howard Platt has been a Salisbury institution for the better part of four decades,” said NSMA edxecutive director Dave Goren. “He has as muchknowledge of Rowan County sports as anyone alive. And he has been a true friend to me and the NSMA for a long time.”

Miller and Platt join a long list of people who will be honored at the NSMA Awards Banquet. They include Hall of Fame inductees Linda Cohn (ESPN), Frank Gifford (ABC, deceased), Sam Lacy (Baltimore Afro-American, deceased) and Mike Lupica (New York Daily News); National Sportscaster of the Year Vin Scully (Los Angeles Dodgers radio and television), National Sportswriter of the Year Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated), and 106 State Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year.

Rick Reilly (Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com) will serve as the emcee for the banquet, which will be held at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem.

National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association was founded in 1959.

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