Verne's turn

Steamboat's Lundquist to be inducted into hall of fame

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Mike Ekern/courtesy CBS Sports

Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist, a Steamboat Springs resident, will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in April in North Carolina.

— Way back in 1977, Verne Lundquist made the trip to Salisbury, N.C., to accept the honor of Texas Sportscaster of the Year from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Lundquist's steady sound gained notoriety as the voice of the Dallas Cowboys, and he was given the same award for the next six consecutive years.

The legendary CBS Sports broadcast announcer and Steamboat Springs resident now has reason to return to Salisbury - he will be inducted to the NSSA's Hall of Fame in an April 30 ceremony.

"This one was completely out of the blue - I had no idea I'd been nominated," said Lundquist, who found out the news two weeks ago before the broadcast of a University of Connecticut-Georgia Tech men's basketball game in Atlanta. "I was getting ready to go on the air, and (CBS Sports college basketball lead analyst) Billy Packer leaned over and said, 'That's a big deal.'"

Lundquist joked that he had met Packer at the 1977 ceremony, where Packer was the guest speaker.

Lundquist praised the NSSA and said he felt honored to be among the likes of broadcasting legends such as Vin Scully.

"To have my name alongside those is really something," Lundquist said, also mentioning how enjoyable it was to receive a nomination after never having received the association's annual national award.

Before another college hoops broadcast Sunday, Lundquist found out more good news. Scott Hamilton, his announcing partner for CBS's coverage of figure skating during three Olympic Winter Games, said he agreed to introduce Lundquist at the induction ceremony.

Barbara Lockert, NSSA program director, said David Kindred of The Sporting News is the NSSA Hall of Fame's other class of 2007 inductee.

This year's peer-selected national sportscaster and sportswriter awards will be given to Fox Sports' Joe Buck and Sports Illustrated senior writer Rick Reilly, respectively. The Colorado Sportscaster and Sportswriter of the Year awards will be given to Denver Nuggets radio announcer Jerry Schemmel and to Denver Post staff columnist Jim Armstrong, respectively.

- To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253

or e-mail dshively@steamboatpilot.com

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