WINSTON-SALEM, NC- Mike Frankel, a former Cape-Atlantic League athlete who has been covering sports for more than a decade, was chosen New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year by members of the National Sports Media Association here.
Frankel primarily works as a host and editor for Jersey Sports Zone. He is the former sports director and anchor at NBC-40 and SNJ Today, who also does some work with Prime Events. This was his first win as the station’s top sportscaster. He was a state finalist for the fourth time.
Frankel and Tom Williams – play-by-play voice, producer and online coordinator for Prime Events and play-by-play voice and producer for 97.3-ESPN and Coastal Broadcasting – were the two finalists for the New Jersey award. Frankel becomes the third broadcaster who does work for Prime Events to win – joining Williams and Mike Gill, the afternoon host on 97.3-ESPN.
Steve Polini of NJ.com and the Star-Ledger was selected NJ Sportswriter of the Year, winning for the second time. The other finalist was Dave Weinberg, a columnist who covered the Eagles, boxing and high schools for the Press of Atlantic City in 2019. Weinberg has won the state award three times, the last in 2012. He was a finalist for the 18th time.
Another sportscaster with a local history – John Clark of NBC-10 in Philadelphia – was named Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year. Clark also formerly worked at NBC-40 in Linwood.
The 2019 National Sportscaster of the Year is Kevin Harlan of CBS. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com was named National Sportswriter of the Year..
Selected to the NSMA Hall of Fame were Skip Caray, Atlanta Braves TV; Cawood Ledford, Univ. of Kentucky Radio; Dan Patrick, ESPN; Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated; Mike Wilbon, Washington Post; and Dick Young, NY Daily News.
All winners will be honored at the group’s 61st annual awards program in Winston-Salem from June 27-29.