Hall of Fame Announces Class Of 2010 Nominees
Three of the leading voices of Major League Baseball play-by-play top the list of nominees for the Bay Area Radio Museum & Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.
Baseball Play-By-Play Voices Jon Miller,
Ken Korach and Amaury Pi-Gonzalez
Lead Star-Studded Candidate List
SAN FRANCISCO (May 1, 2010) — Three of the leading voices of Major League Baseball play-by-play top the list of nominees for the Bay Area Radio Museum & Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.
Jon Miller (Giants), Ken Korach (A’s English-language) and Amaury Pi-Gonzalez (A’s Spanish-language) are nominated in the Sportscaster category, along with Ralph Barbieri (KNBR), Steve Bitker (KCBS), Ken Dito (KTRB), Gary Radnich (KNBR) and Hal Ramey (KCBS).
Miller, a Hayward native and product of the College of San Mateo’s vaunted broadcasting academy, broke into the big leagues in 1974 as a 22-year-old, working alongside Monte Moore on Oakland A’s radio. He is currently in his thirteenth season as lead play-by-play voice of the San Francisco Giants, in addition to spending two decades as lead man on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecasts. He has also broadcast California Golden Seals NHL hockey, San Jose Earthquakes soccer, Golden State Warriors NBA basketball, and University of San Francisco basketball on local airwaves.
Miller will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this Summer as recipient of the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award.
Korach and Pi-Gonzalez, the current lead vocalists on Oakland Athletics baseball radiocasts, also have long-established local roots.
Korach, who has been with the A’s for fifteen seasons (originally as third man in the booth with Bill King and Lon Simmons), got his start as the voice of Sonoma’s Redwood Pioneers (California League) in 1981, and joined San Francisco’s KCBS as a part-time sports anchor in 1985. He served as the radio voice of San Jose State football and basketball from 1985 to 1992 before receiving his first big league call-up, doing fill-in work on Chicago White Sox broadcasts.
Pi-Gonzalez, a native of Cuba, is one of the pioneers of Spanish-language baseball play-by-play in America. Currently doing play-by-play for the Oakland A’s on their Spanish-language radio network, Amaury began his career in 1977 with the team, and has also served as voice of the Giants, Mariners and Angels. In 2004, he was inducted into the Cuban Sports Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum. Amaury was also the Spanish-language voice of the Golden State Warriors on radio from 1992 through 1998.
Other notable nominees in other categories include Scott Beach, Greg Kihn, Dave Morey and Bonnie Simmons (announcers); Lalo Caballero, Evangeline Baker and Bud Heyde (pioneer); Shingo Kamada, Super Harlow Meyers and Art Lebermann (engineers); Stan Bunger, Jan Black and Barbara Taylor (news); and Radio Waves columnist Ben Fong-Torres, traffic reporter Warren Boggess and meteorologist Mike Pechner (specialty).
This year’s selection for Legendary Station, awarded last year to KCBS on its centennial, will be announced by the board of governors of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame later this Summer.
Public voting for the Hall of Fame will be conducted online (at http://www.barhof.com), by mail-in ballot, as well as at selected Broadcast Legends and California Historical Radio Society events, including the KRE Live open house in Berkeley on Saturday, July 17. Voting will conclude at midnight on July 18. The Class of 2010 will be announced in August.
The Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 will feted during a gala ceremony and dinner on the evening of Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the Doubletree Inn on the Berkeley Marina, in conjunction with the Broadcast Legends.
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