Media members throughout the state began voting this month for the Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year awarded by the National Sports Media Association.
Timberwolves radio play-by-play announcer Alan Horton earned his first nomination in 10 years as the voice of the team. Horton pulls double-duty during Wolves games as a one-man crew. He also served as the voice of the Lynx for seven years, and is unusual in that he works games without a partner, as does Lynx radio voice John Focke.
His competition includes last year’s winner Mike Grimm of Gopher Sports Properties, longtime Twin Cities sportscaster Mark Rosen of WCCO, Fox Sports North Wild play-by-play voice Anthony LaPanta, and Cory Provus of the Twins Radio Network.
Voting will continue throughout December with a winner announced in January.
That voting led us to another question: Who do you think is the best play-by-play caller among the Twin Cities' major sports teams?
Is it the radio voice of the Vikings Paul Allen or maybe someone less in the spotlight like Gophers hockey radio voice Wally Shaver or Marney Gellner, who does Lynx games on Fox Sports North?
Minnesota’s best play-by-play ballot
• Mike Grimm, Gophers football/men's basketball radio
• Dick Bremer, Twins TV
• Alan Horton, Timberwolves radio
• Paul Allen, Vikings radio
• Dave Benz, Timberwolves TV
• Marney Gellner, Lynx TV
• Anthony LaPanta, Wild TV
• Bob Kurtz, Wild radio
• Corbu Stathes, Gophers women's basketball
• Cory Provus, Twins radio
• John Focke, Lynx radio
• Wally Shaver, Gophers hockey radio