14 Jan FOX 61/CW 20 Sports Director Rich Coppola Named 2018 Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year
Wins award from the National Sports Media Association for ninth time
HARTFORD, CT (January 14, 2019)- Rich Coppola, Sports Director of FOX 61/CW 20 in Hartford has been named 2018 Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association (NSMA).
It is Coppola’s ninth win in the Sportscaster of the Year category. NSMA members provided three nominations for their state, after which the top two vote getters were placed on the final ballot. Voting concluded at the end of December.
“I am honored to win this award from the NSMA,” said Coppola, who has been with FOX 61/CW 20 since 1989. “I see it as a team win as much as an individual honor, and I’d like to thank my FOX 61/CW 20 colleagues, who share in this prestigious award.”
“Rich is truly a team player and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award,” said Liz Grey Godbout, Vice President of News for FOX 61/CW 20. “We pride ourselves in providing the people of Connecticut the best in local and national sports coverage, and this honor reflects not only on Rich’s talents and dedication, but to the dedication of the entire FOX 61/CW 20 team.”
Coppola will be honored during the 60th annual NSMA Awards June 22-24 in Winston-Salem, NC.
Coppola has been a part of FOX61 since March of 1989. In addition to preparing and delivering nightly sportscasts for the FOX61 News at 5pm and 10pm also anchors The FOX 61 Sports Ticket on Sunday nights. He also serves as play by play announcer for University of Connecticut Men’s Ice Hockey and Baseball telecasts on CW 20.
An East Haven, Connecticut native, Rich began his broadcasting career in radio at KC 101 in New Haven. From there, he continued his career working as a field producer for ESPN and then as a sportscaster at the NBC affiliate in Springfield, Mass. Rich and his wife Sue have a daughter, Gianna.
FOX 61 is one of the nation’s most highly rated FOX Network affiliates, providing Connecticut viewers with outstanding entertainment, news, sports and local event programming. FOX 61 News is the market leader in news, producing more news and winning more awards than any station in Connecticut. FOX 61 now airs more than 61 hours of local news and public affairs programming each week, more than any other market station. FOX 61 is owned and operated by Tribune Media, one of the country’s leading multimedia companies. For more information, please visit www.fox61.com.
CW 20, Connecticut’s first independent television station, has entertained and informed viewers for more than 30 years. CW 20 is one of the top performing CW network affiliates in the United States. CW 20 also delivers the best in off network and first-run syndicated programming, hit movies and sports. The station is home to the Connecticut Lottery drawings and broadcasts major community events and local sports including Mets Baseball, Connecticut Sun Basketball, UConn Men’s Ice Hockey and UConn Baseball.
FOX 61 and CW 20 are owned by Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching approximately 50 million households, national entertainment cable network WGN America, whose reach is more than 77 million households, and a variety of digital applications and websites commanding 54 million monthly unique visitors online.
Tribune Media also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds a variety of investments, including a 31% interest in Television Food Network, G.P., which operates Food Network and Cooking Channel. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.
The National Sports Media Association, Inc.is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which seeks to develop educational opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing a career in sports media, through networking, interning, mentoring and scholarship programs.
The NSMA also honors, preserves and celebrates the diverse legacy of sports media in the United States.
Founded in 1959 as the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in Salisbury, N.C., the NSSA added its Hall of Fame in 1962, with Grantland Rice as its first member. The organization rebranded to the National Sports Media Association in 2016 and moved to Winston-Salem, N.C. one year later.