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Media Service Awards




Mr. David Miller
Loveland Magazine
Mr. Garth Shanklin
Sports Editor, The Clermont Sun

In 1991, the Ohio High School Athletic Association initiated a program entitled the Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Program.  One aspect of the program was to honor those special individuals who bring great recognition to our high schools, coaches, and especially, our athletes through media's different forms.  Each of Ohio's six athletic districts was asked to put a process in place to gather nominations of individuals who fit this special category.  Our 2020 Media Award Recipients are Mr. David Miller and Mr. Garth Shanklin. 

Mr. David Miller, Editor and publisher of the Loveland Magazine.  Mr. Miller has covered the Loveland schools for forty years.  He plays a central role in training aspiring journalists from Loveland High School.  He designed and branded the logo used by the Loveland High School Booster's Club.  He has published 1,400 sport stories in his magazine.  He attends the annual athletic college signing day and promotes the honorees by producing a video of this event.  Throughout his community, he initiated Habitat for Humanity's efforts to build two houses.  In 2006, the Loveland Magazine was awarded the prestigious Booth Spirit Media Award beating out all other media or stations in the Tri-State area.  Recognition for going the extra mile in making his community  healthy and strong.  Congratulations Mr. Miller for doing a great job in promoting our athletes and coaches!

Mr. Garth Shanklin. Mr. Shanklin is a graduate of Western Brown High School and Bradley University.  Upon his college graduation he returned home to start his sports writing career in Georgetown and then moved on to take the Sports Editor position with the Clermont Sun.  He covers the entire county that encompasses numerous high schools.  He edits photographs and posts on social media.  It is projected that his posts reach four thousand plus followers.  He has been a six-time winner with the Ohio Newspaper Association featuring written articles and photographs.  He has been a sports fan for decades and considers it a privilege to cover athletes and coaches doing what they love.  Congratulations Mr. Garth Shanklin!

Since the inception of this award, the following individuals have been honored as Media Service Recipients by the members of the Southwest District Athletic Board:

1997-98:        Ted Landis, Brookville Star; Warren Johnson, WPFB Radio, Middletown
1998-99:        Dave Long, Dayton Daily News; Duane Bachman, WPTW Radio, Piqua
1999-2000:    Don McDermott, Greenville Daily; Dave Schutte, Cincinnati Enquirer
2000-2001:    Mike Hartsock, WHIO TV, Dayton; Mark Huber, Wilmington News
2001-2002:    Kert Radel, WMOH Radio, Hamilton; Bill Liermann, WSWO Radio, Wilmington
2002-2003:    Jack Gordan, WPFB Radio, Middletown; Joe Neves, WPTW, Piqua
2003-2004:    Tom Gambel, DSA Sports, Cincinnati; John Popovich, WCPO Radio, Cincinnati
2004-2005:    Omar Williams, WHIO-TV, Retired; Ron Jackson, Dayton Daily News; Guy Fogle, WHIO TV
2005-2006:    Roger Barger, WKFI WSWO Sabina; Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati Enquirer
2006-2007:    Tom Archdeacon, Dayton Daily News; Ken Barhorst, Sidney Daily News
2007-2008:    Sonny Fulks, WPTW, 1590WPTW.com; Jerry Nardiello, Middletown Journal
2008-2009:    Enos Penningtonwww.newrichmond.localsportsradio.com ; Richard Crawford, The Clermont Suns Newspaper
2009-2010:    Chick LudwigJack Pohl, WDTN-Channel 2 Sports Director.
2010-2011:    Mike Dyer, Cincinnati Enquirer; Ron Nunnari, Englewood Independent
2011-2012:    Scott Ward, WTGR, Greenville; Jack Kramer, ScoresBroadcast.com
2012-2013:    Dirk AllenGeorge Vogel
2013-2014:    Mark Slaughter, WCPO-Channel 9; Rob Kiser, Piqua Daily Call.
2014-2015:    Matt Hammond, Bellefontaine Examiner; Eric Frantz, J.J. Huddle
2015-2016:    Marc Pendleton, Dayton Daily News; Rick Cassano, Cox Media Group
2016-2017:    Debbie Juniewicz, Cox Publications (Dayton Daily News, Springfield/Middletown news); David Fong, Troy Daily News, Piqua Daily Call, Sidney Daily Call
2017-2018:    Elise Jesse, WLWT, Cincinnati; Wade Linville, Brown County Press, Ripley Bee, News Democrat.
2018-2019:    Dale Barger, Greenville Daily Advocate; John Bombatch, Xenia Gazette.