The National Sports Media Association has recognized two News Talk 830 WCCO voices to big awards.
The NSMA awarded the late Sid Hartman as their Minnesota Sportswriter of the Year. Sid, who passed on October 18th at the age of 100, was a Minneapolis sports institution for 75 years. Hartman was up against Betsy Helfand (Pioneer Press), Jon Krawczynski (The Athletic) and Chip Scoggins (Star Tribune).
Chad Hartman, Sid's son, reacted to his father winning the prestigious award.
"My father became this larger than life character in many ways because of WCCO radio and how his personality in this persona really took off the last, I don't know, 25 years. But at his core, he's a newspaper guy. His greatest enjoyment in life outside of his family was running the Lakers. But the day today, of covering stories, talking to people working the beat, that's who he was and so to be honored this way and then just think of how the last day of his life his work was still in the paper. I think that's another fitting tribute to how much the newspapers meant to him. So thank you profusely to the organization for honoring my father, and it's something that we will hold very important to my father's career and his legacy."
In the Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year award, the voice of the Twins Cory Provus takes home that award. Cory's only competition was Mike Grimm (Gopher Sports Properties).
According to their website, the National Sports Media Association, Inc. (NSMA) is an organization of more than 1,000 members that honors excellence in our industry, while passing along our knowledge and history through the generations.