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Longtime 76ers broadcaster Marc Zumoff and Soul owner Ron Jaworski to be honored at annual PSWA dinner.
As we enter the holiday season, turkey and tinsel also mean it’s almost time for the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner, taking place at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill on Monday January 15th, 2018 (tickets on sale now here). Two beloved Philly sports personalities will be present at the 114th annual dinner – 76ers television play-by-play voice Marc Zumoff and Soul owner (and former Eagles great) Ron Jaworski.
Zumoff has been selected as the winner of the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award. Philly native Zumoff is in his 24th season as Sixers television play-by-play announcer and his 36th as a part of the 76ers broadcast team and has won the local Emmy Award for best sports play-by-play broadcaster 17 times. He’s also a member of the Hall of Fame for alma mater Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater and was also inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Zumoff has also been seen handling NBC Sports play-by-play duties for the U.S. women’s gold medal basketball team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as for NBA TV, Turner Sports and NBC Sports Philadelphia’s coverage of Philadelphia Union Soccer, and college football.. His Sixers connection goes back to the days of the PRISM Sports Network where he anchored and produced features for 76ers coverage as well as play-by-play for the Flyers, the Big Five and the Fever.
The Campbell award is presented for excellence in broadcasting; local sportscasters, talk-show hosts, and radio/TV reporters or commentators are eligible. Previous winners include Eagles play-by-play voice Merrill Reese and the Phillies radio team of Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen. Campbell, whose remarkable career touched parts of nine decades, was a broadcaster for the Eagles, Phillies and Warriors/76ers, as well as a sports talk-show host. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he died in 2014 at 91.
Joining Marc at this year’s dinner will be another beloved Philadelphia sports figure who will be accepting a special achievement award on behalf of his Arena League Champion Philadelphia Soul – owner Ron Jaworski. The Soul this season became just the third team to win the ArenaBowl in back-to-back years, defeating Tampa Bay 44-40 in ArenaBowl XXX at the Wells Fargo Center. The team came back from a second quarter 20-7 deficit to take a 28-27 lead in the third quarter that they would never relinquish.
AKA “Jaws,” Jaworski played 10 years in Philadelphia, arriving in a trade with the Rams in 1977 and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance following the 1980 season. He finished that season as the No. 1-rated passer in the NFC and was the 1980 NFL MVP. Jaworski also spent five seasons as color commentator for NFL Monday Night Football and appeared on many football-related shows on ESPN. Jaworski is a past president of the Maxwell Football Club and was recently inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. He’s lived in Voorhees, NJ since that trade from L.A.
These two distinguished honorees are merely the beginning of a star-studded dais being assembled for the 114th annual dinner. Over the next few weeks, a number of other award winners will be announced, including the Pro Athlete of the Year, Living Legend, Native Son, Team of the Year and the Stan Hochman Award. The PSWA’s signature event, the Most Courageous Athlete, will be announced at the conclusion of the dinner.
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