Jeannotte Named N.H. Sportscaster of Year for State-Record 23rd Time

Jim Jeannotte
35 Years as Voice of Wildcats
November 19, 2011

SALISBURY, N.C.Jim Jeannotte, the longtime radio voice of University of New Hampshire football and basketball, has been named the 2011 New Hampshire Sportscaster of the Year, it was announced Jan. 9 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). Jeannotte, a winner for the second straight year and a state-record 23rd time overall, will be honored during the 53rd annual NSSA Awards Program in Salisbury, N.C., on June 11.  

Jeannotte, who won his first Sportscaster of the Year award in 1969, began his UNH broadcasting career alongside Jock McKenzie in 1974, working as football color commentator for five years. After spending two seasons broadcasting at Dartmouth College, he returned to Durham as the "Voice of the Wildcats" in 1981, a position he has held ever since. Along the way, the native of Concord, N.H., 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. 

Mike Whaley of Foster's Daily Democrat was named the New Hampshire Sportswriter of the Year for the first time. The National Sportscaster of the Year is Dan Shulman of ESPN, and Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated was named the National Sportswriter of the Year.

Bob Costas of NBC Sports and the Major League Baseball Network and author and sportswriter John Feinstein of the Washington Post have been voted into the NSSA Hall of Fame. For more information on the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame, visit

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