FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
COMCAST SPORTSNET PHILADELPHIA WINS TWO EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS
Since 2011 Network has been honored with Five Murrow Awards, including a National Award
PHILADELPHIA (April 18, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports news, was awarded two 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for “Almost Answered,” which documents the drive and determination of the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers, and “Keeper of the Dream,” which tells the tale of how basketball legend George Raveling ended up with the copy of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
Since 2011, Comcast SportsNet has been awarded five Murrow Awards, including last year’s national award for “Remembering Richie,” an inspiring story on a Philadelphia-area native who lost his life on September 11, 2001.
The regional winners are automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged during the summer. National awards will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City on Columbus Day.
“I am incredibly proud of our staff’s hard work and dedication, said Michelle Murray, Vice President News Programming Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. “To be recognized by our colleagues with a Murrow award for the fifth time in three years is a great honor and a tribute to the incredibly talented people in our newsroom.”
“Almost Answered” is the story of the Philadelphia 76ers that lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2001 NBA Finals. Led by the league’s most controversial star — NBA MVP Allen Iverson – and coached by the legendary Larry Brown, the 76ers cobbled together a journey basketball fans will never forget. “Almost Answered” features interviews, highlights and unbelievable archival footage shining a well-deserved spotlight on this memorable bunch.
The “Keeper of the Dream” story weaves some unexpected turns which wind up with George Raveling, at the time a local All American Basketball player, who went to college at Villanova, possessing what might be the most quotable speech of the 20th Century, Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Raveling tells us how he found himself just feet from Dr. King during the speech, how Dr. King gave him the speech and why, to this day, not many people can actually view the three simple pages that contain the words millions have been inspired by.
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, part of the NBC Sports Group, is the leading regional sports network reaching more than three million viewers in and around Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Together with The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia provides local sports fans with the most sports coverage including more than 250 live game broadcasts of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies, MLS’s Philadelphia Union, plus NCAA coverage, as well as Emmy Award-winning sports news and analysis. Visit CSNPhilly.com for more information.
Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Group’s sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest. Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.