receives Basketball Hall of Fame's Gowdy Award
Legendary KU sports broadcaster Max Falkenstien, a
fixture at Jayhawk basketball and football games for
nearly six decades, has won the 15th Annual Curt Gowdy
Electronic Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame. Falkenstien will receive the tribute during
Enshrinement Weekend, Sept. 9-11 in Springfield, Mass.
Falkenstien joins longtime Philadelphia 76ers beat
writer Phil Jasner, who receives the print honor after
working at the Philadelphia Daily News since 1973. In
winning the award, Falkenstien joins a group of distinguished
broadcasters that includes Dick Vitale, Bob Costas,
Jim Nantz and Dick Enberg, among others.
The originator of the KU Sports Network, Falkenstien,
c'47, has been a broadcaster for Jayhawk teams for 58
years. He has been a play-by-play announcer and color
analyst for both radio and TV, which has included all
of KU's Final Four appearances and two national championships.
A native of Lawrence, he was the first inductee into
the Lawrence High School Hall of Honor.
Falkenstien, who celebrated his 80th birthday in April,
was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in
2001, the same year he was named the "Best College
Radio Personality in the Country" by The Sporting
News. He was also inducted into the University of Kansas
Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995.
Falkenstien and his wife, Isobel, reside in Lawrence.
The award is named in honor of Curt Gowdy, who served
as president of the Hall of Fame for seven consecutive
one-year terms. It was established by the Board of Trustees
to single out members of the electronic and print media
for outstanding contributions to basketball.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2004 will be enshrined at
the Hall of Fame on Sept. 10. This year's class includes:
NBA great Clyde Drexler, Kansas standout Lynette Woodard,
c'81, Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo, NBA coach
Bill Sharman, international star Drazen Dalipagic and
the late Maurice Stokes.
All-Time Gowdy Award Winners
1990 Curt Gowdy, electronic; Dick Herbert, print
(Raleigh News & Observer)
1991 Marty Glickman, electronic; Dave Dorr,
print (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
1992 Chick Hearn, electronic; Sam Goldaper,
print (New York Times)
1993 Johnny Most, electronic; Leonard Lewin,
print (New York Post)
1994 Cawood Ledford, electronic; *Leonard Koppett,
print (NY Times and NY Post)
1995 Dick Enberg, electronic; Bob Hammel, print
(Bloomington Herald Times)
1996 Billy Packer, electronic; Bob Hentzen,
print (Topeka Capital-Journal)
1997 Marv Albert, electronic; Bob Ryan, print
1998 Dick Vitale, electronic; Larry Donald,
print (Basketball Times); Dick Weiss, print (New York
1999 Bob Costas, electronic; Smith Barrier,
print (Greensboro Daily News And Record)
2000 Hubie Brown, electronic; Dave Kindred,
print (The Sporting News)
2001 Dick Stockton, electronic; Curry Kirkpatrick,
2002 Jim Nantz, electronic; Jim O'Connell, print
2003 Rod Hundley, electronic; Sid Hartman, print
2004 Max Falkenstien, electronic, Phil Jasner
(Philadelphia Daily News)