BOSTON –Jim Jeannotte, in his 34th year as a University of New Hampshire football radio broadcaster, has been honored with the 59th George C. Carens Award, presented annually by the New England Football Writers for contributions to New England college football. Jeannotte will be honored at the N.E. Football Writers Annual Awards and Captains Banquet on Dec. 9 at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, Mass.
Jeannotte began his UNH football broadcasting career alongside Jock McKenzie in 1974, working as color commentator for five years. After spending two seasons broadcasting at Dartmouth College, Jeannotte returned to Durham as the "Voice of the Wildcats" in 1981, a position he has held ever since. Along the way, the Concord, N.H., native has won the New Hampshire Sportscaster of the Year award 21 times, was inducted into the NHIAA Hall of Fame in 2002 and serves on the board of directors of the Joe Yukica New Hampshire chapter of the National Football Foundation, including more than a decade as the chairman of its scholar-athlete committee.
Two other members of the Wildcat family previously garnered the Carens Award: Joe Yukica, a former UNH head football coach, in 1986, and Bill Bowes, the winningest coach in UNH history, in 2002.
Jeannotte will have the radio call on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network this Saturday afternoon when 10th-ranked UNH takes on 13th-ranked Bethune-Cookman in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the pregame show beginning at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.