Two of the most iconic figures in the history of Philadelphia sports media – broadcaster Bill Campbell and columnist Stan Hochman – will be honored with annual awards named in their memory, the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association announced today.
“If something important happened in Philadelphia sports during most of our lifetimes, there’s a good chance Bill and Stan were there to cover the event,” said Sam Carchidi, PSWA president. “For a Philadelphia sports journalist, I can’t think of a more prestigious local honor.”
The Bill Campbell Broadcast Award and the Stan Hochman Writing Award will be presented at the PSWA banquet on Feb. 1 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. The Hochman award will be given to the best-written sports story in the calendar year, whether in a newspaper, magazine, book, or online.
The Campbell award will be presented for excellence in broadcasting; local sportscasters, talk-show hosts, and radio/TV reporters or commentators are eligible.
Writing entries should be submitted to Rob Parent at firstname.lastname@example.org, and broadcast entries can be sent to Carchidi at email@example.com. Parent and Carchidi are part of respective committees that are welcoming nominations.
Campbell, whose remarkable career touched parts of nine decades, was a broadcaster for the Eagles, Philles, and Warriors/76ers, and also a WIP sports talk-show radio host and a commentator for KYW. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he died last year at 91.
Hochman, known for his distinctive writing style and his incomparable interview ability, was an award-winning sports columnist for the Daily News for 55 years before his death on April 9 at age 86. He also did radio and television work.
Soccer star Carli Lloyd of Delran, N.J., will be among the many honorees at the Feb. 1 PSWA banquet. Tickets are available at pswadinner.com.