Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame honors late John Facenda with Pete Rozelle Radio-Tv Award

CANTON, Ohio – John Facenda, a longtime NFL highlights narrator whose voice has turn out to be synonymous with the league, is the 2021 Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame winner of the 2021 Pete Rozelle Radio-Tv Award.

Facenda, who died in 1984, was a tv newscaster in Philadelphia when NFL Movies creator Ed Sabol heard his distinctive voice describing some excessive factors in 1965. Sabol invited Facenda to learn scripts, which resulted in a job Facenda held for 19 years till his loss of life at age 71.

“The sonorous voice of John Facenda has been and is for nearly 20 years synonymous with the ability, power and character of the NFL,” mentioned David Baker, President of the Corridor of Fame, who introduced this on Monday.

The Corridor of Fame yearly presents the Rozelle Award in recognition of remarkable service to radio and tv in skilled soccer over a few years.

Facenda instructed quite a few movies and weekly spotlight packages and thus contributed to the rising curiosity in skilled soccer. His talking model earned him the nickname “The Voice of God” and contributed to the growth of NFL Movies.

Ed Sabol, the 1991 Rozelle winner, was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 2011. He died in 2015. His son Steve Sabol can be a part of the celebrations for Facenda as a member of the 2020 centenary. He died of most cancers in 2012.

Jack Facenda will obtain the Rozelle Award on behalf of his father on August sixth throughout the inauguration weekend.

Facenda’s profession started on the Philadelphia radio earlier than making his presenter debut in 1952. Facenda was one of many creators of the tv information format nonetheless in use at this time, with separate segments for information, sports activities, and climate.

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