A voice familiar to water polo fans, Mike Emrick, will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting, presented by WFUV Radio in New York, in November. He is widely known as one of the great hockey announcers of all time in North America.
Emrick has twice lent is talents to water polo at the Olympic Games, calling the sport for NBC in both 2004 and 2012. He was in London for the historic gold medal match won by the US women over Spain injecting his famous enthusiasm, wit and professionalism to the television broadcast. The men’s tournament also benefited from his presence.
NBC Sports has archived a sample of his water polo work in a highlights package that will put stars in the eyes of American fans. For a contrast in styles observe the difference in tone and pace of the same event as called by the London Olympics announcers.
More in the honor and Emrick’s response from ProHockeyTalk.
“When I received the call from Vin Scully that I’d been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award that bears his name, I was speechless, and that’s rare for me,” Emrick said in a release. “Although I am sure the event in November will be another lifetime memory, I have never forgotten the call and the knowledge of the past honorees who voted me this honor.
“I am grateful to Vin and to WFUV, and all on the selection committee.”
The honor will put Emrick alongside some of the finest sports broadcasters of this generation. Previous Scully Award recipients include inaugural honoree Scully (2008), Dick Enberg (2009), Ernie Harwell (2010), Pat Summerall (2011), Al Michaels (2012), Bob Costas (2013), and Verne Lundquist (2014).