3TV's Tim Ring Named Sportscaster of the Year

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PHOENIX -- Congratulations to 3TV Sports Director Tim Ring, who was named the 2011 Arizona Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Ring picked up the trophy on June 9 at the 53rd Annual NSSA Awards Banquet in Salisbury, NC.

The award marks a change in Arizona broadcasting as he is the first Phoenix based television sportscaster in over twenty years to be awarded the honor.

2011 was a big year for Ring, most notably his extensive coverage of the Arizona State University football program. ESPN covered Ring’s exclusive story with former ASU wide receiver Kerry Taylor bringing to light Taylor’s dissatisfaction with then head coach Dennis Erickson.

“I take great pride in bringing sports news to our viewers every night and I recognize the support of 3TV in believing in the value of local sports,” said Ring, who hosts The Sports Show on 3TV on Sunday nights.

Accepting his award from NBC Sports and Major League Baseball Network sportscaster Bob Costas, Ring was in attendance as 103 of his peers were honored at Catawba College’s Goodman Gym.

Costas played two positions during the event; first as presenter and later as inductee into the NSSA Hall of Fame.

Other distinguished winners included California sportscaster and Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully and National Sportscaster of the Year recipient, ESPN sportscaster Dan Shulman.

3TV Executive News Director Brad Remington brought Ring on board in 2009 to develop the station’s sports presence. Sports have become a top priority of coverage at the station the Sports Show and the local high school sports show, “Varsity Zone”.

“Tim is passionate about sports and it shows on the air. It’s really no surprise to us that he has been recognized as the top Sportscaster of the Year for Arizona,” said Remington, “He has done a terrific job the past two years leading our sports department.”

Moving from the Rocky Mountains to the desert, Ring’s resume boasts everything from pre and post game sports shows for the Denver Nuggets, Rockies and Colorado Avalanche, to sideline reporting for the Bronco’s. During his time in Green Bay his coverage included two Packer’s Super Bowls and hosting the critically acclaimed Brett Farve Show.

A Chicago native and graduate of DePaul University, Ring’s career has sizzled since his move to the Valley of the Sun.

“This is a tremendous honor and I appreciate the distinction from the NSSA,” said Ring.

Ring joins the ranks of legendary Arizona Sportscaster of the Year recipients Al McCoy of the Phoenix Suns and radio sportscaster Bob Vache.