Don Fischer Named Indiana Sportscaster of the Year
Jan. 16, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Athletics announced that Don Fischer has been named Indiana Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (NSSA). It marks the 24th time in Fischer's 37 year-tenure as the `Voice of the Hoosiers' that he has been named the state's top sportscaster, and the 20th time by the NSSA.
"To be voted for this award by your peers is a great honor," Fischer said. "I am always humbled when something like this happens. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to work with great crews who have helped make this possible. It has been a privilege to broadcast Indiana University football and basketball games on the statewide radio network. "
The award was given to Fischer for his work calling Indiana football and men's basketball games in 2008. He last won the award for his work in 2006.
"Indiana University is fortunate to have the best sportscaster in the business calling our football and men's basketball games," IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "Winning 24 Indiana Sportscaster of the Year awards is a testament to Don Fischer's talent and meticulous preparation."
He has won several awards for best play-by-play performance, and he has been honored by Indiana University with the J.W. Bill Orwig Medal, that goes to non-alumni for distinguished service to the University. He also has been named an honorary "I" Man.
"Don has been as big a part of the Indiana tradition as anybody for decades," Indiana men's basketball head coach Tom Crean said. "Anyone who has followed Indiana Athletics has to be proud that Don is associated with all of us and means so much not only to Indiana but to the profession in general. He represents professionalism, class and energy on a daily basis. It is an honor to work with him and I am very happy for him to receive this award."
The Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association inducted Fischer into the ISSA Hall of Fame in 2004.
"Congratulations to Don on winning this esteemed honor for the 24th time," Indiana football head coach Bill Lynch said. "Everyone around the state knows Don is synonymous with IU Athletics and we are lucky to have him. As a native Hoosier who has always enjoyed listening to Don, it is a pleasure to now work with him. We thank him for all he does for our program and Indiana University."
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