Greg Stotelmyer, the radio voice of Eastern Kentucky University football and basketball for 33 years, is the winner of the 2015-16 Ohio Valley Conference Media Award, the league announced today from its Brentwood, Tennessee headquarters.
The OVC Media Award is given each year to a media member currently covering an OVC beat. The award was established in 2010 as a way to recognize the media members who provide publicity for the conference, its member institutions and intercollegiate athletics, perform their jobs in a fair, consistent and accurate manner, provide all-around coverage for a variety of sports and demonstrate the ability to go above and beyond their normal beat or job description.
“The OVC has a lot of great stories to tell and we are fortunate to have an outstanding group of media covering our schools, which was evident in the great candidates we had for the awards again this year,” said Kyle Schwartz, OVC Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations. “It is great to have an award that recognizes media members who have made significant contributions in covering the OVC and its member institutions.”
Stotelmyer will begin his 34th season as “Voice of the Colonels” this fall and has been associated with Eastern Kentucky University for 37 years. He has called more than 300 consecutive EKU football games including all four FCS National championship games (1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982). The Colonels were victorious in both the 1979 and 1982 title games. In his role as EKU’s men’s basketball play-by-play announcer he has called three NCAA Tournament games including the team’s near upset of Kansas in 2014. He also produced and/or hosted the EKU football and basketball coaches television shows for 25 years.
Stotelmyer worked in television at WTVQ in Lexington from 1987-2012 as a reporter focusing on politics, agriculture and regional coverage as well as hosting the award-winning feature, “Kentucky's Backroads.” He continues to serve as an adjunct instructor in sports writing and reporting at EKU as well as serving as a producer for the Public News Service.