(Editor's note: University of Montana media release)
The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) has named "Voice of the Griz" Riley Corcoran its Montana Sportscaster of the Year for a third-straight year, the organization announced Monday.
Corcoran is entering his fifth year as UM's play-by-play broadcaster, calling Griz football and men's basketball, as well as hosting radio and TV versions of the Grizzly Coaches Shows. He also calls Grizzly volleyball and softball and serves as emcee during the Grizzly Scholarship Association Spring Tour and Grizzly Auction.
The Billings native earned his first Sportscaster of the Year honor in 2019 and followed it up with a repeat win in 2020.
NSMA members provide up to three nominations each for their state's sportscaster of the year and sportswriter of the year, as well as the National Sportscaster of the Year and National Sportswriter of the Year.
Including Corcoran, the NSMA elected 108 state Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia. Of those 108, 51 are first-time winners, including Jordan Hansen of the Missoulian, who was named the Montana Sportswriter of the Year.
The top two vote-getters in state races and top 10 in national races are then placed on the final ballot, along with 10 sportscaster finalists and 10 sportswriter finalists for the Hall of Fame. Final ballots are emailed to members for voting throughout the month of December. Winners are notified by phone individually during the first week of January.
Corcoran and Hansen will both be honored during the 61st annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 26-28, 2021 in Winston-Salem, N.C.