Several people who are known for displaying their work ethic, play-by-play dialogue, and sportsmanship throughout East Alabama communities were recognized during a special awards ceremony. The annual Baker-Dean Awards, held at the Cherokee County Historical Museum, highlights those who make significant contributions to local sports broadcasting. The Historical Preservation Society chose to recognize four people who are well known for their coverage of local sports, support of sportsmanship, and teamwork.
Scott Wright, editor of the Post and the Cherokee County Herald, was presented with the 2019 Baker-Dean Media Award. The late Jim Davis, former Owner of WEIS radio, was also recognized for this award. Betty Zoller and TV24’s Jon Holder became the first to ever receive the Cherokee Star Award. Zoller became the first University of Alabama Cheerleader from Cherokee County in 1963. Holder was presented this award for his dedication to the AHSAA Radio Network that broadcasts sports events in addition to TV24’s two-hour Pigskin RoundUp show that highlights Friday night football games across East Alabama and more.
Owner and General Manager for WEIS Radio, Jerry Baker, describes last night’s award recipients as one-of-a-kind. Baker says he owes the station’s success to the late Jim Davis for setting a strong foundation in the sports world