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Friday, July 13, 2007
Suns broadcaster McCoy, sportswriter Moran named Gowdy Award winners

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Al McCoy, the longtime Phoenix Suns broadcaster, and Malcolm Moran, who spent three decades covering college sports for four newspapers, will receive the 2007 Curt Gowdy Media Awards from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The presentation will made during enshrinement festivities Sept. 6-8, the Hall of Fame announced Friday.

McCoy has been the play-by-play voice of the Suns since 1972. His trademark calls include "Shazam," "zing go the strings" and "heartbreak hotel."

The 2007-08 season will be McCoy's 36th with the Suns, the longest tenure with one team among current broadcasters.

Moran, currently the inaugural Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State, covered 26 Final Fours, the 1984 and 1996 Olympics and the 2002 World Championships.

He began his newspaper career at Newsday in 1977 and went on to work at The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today.

In addition to his current duties as the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism, Moran also serves as the director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism in the College of Communications at Penn State, teaching courses in sports writing and news media ethics.

Named in honor of the late sports broadcaster and former Basketball Hall of Fame president, the Gowdy awards are given annually to one member of the print and one member of the electronic media whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.