Smothers named S.C.’s Sportscaster of the Year

With more than a quarter-century of experience in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee sports scenes, Allen W. “The Bad Boy” Smothers was named the South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year this week by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Smothers’ honor was part of the NSSA’s annual awards presentation, in which Bob Costas of NBC Sports and the Major League Baseball Network and John Feinstein of the Washington Post were elected to the group’s Hall of Fame.

Costas and Feinstein will be honored at the 53rd Annual NSSA Awards Banquet on June 11, 2012 in Salisbury, N.C.  The event marks the 50th anniversary of the NSSA’s Hall of Fame.

Sharing the stage with Costas and Feinstein will be National Sportscaster of the Year Dan Shulman of ESPN and National Sportswriter of the Year Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated, along with 103 State Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year from throughout the United States.

Among the 36 first-time state winners was Smothers, a 26-year veteran in the Palmetto State. He currently hosts “The PressBox” daily sports talk program in Florence/Myrtle Beach and handles play-by-play for hundreds of sporting events each year.

The South Carolina Sportswriter of the Year was won by Charleston Post & Courier columnist Gene Sapakoff, who has won the award multiple times during his career. We hope that you will join us in congratulating our national winners and your South Carolina winners for providing the best sportscasting and sportswriting that our industry has to offer each year.

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