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Media Service Awards



Mr. Bill Idle
Brookville Star
Mr. Scott Springer
Cincinnati Enquirer

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 2022 Media Award Recipients are Mr. Bill Idle and Mr. Scott Springer. 

Mr. Bill Idle, Brookville Star.  Mr. Idle has covered sports for fifty years.  As a native of Brookville and a 1973 graduate from Brookville High School, Bill started reporting Brookville High School sports in December of 1972. While writing for the Brookville Star Newspaper for the next eleven years, he covered baseball, volleyball, basketball and football.  When the Englewood independent newspaper started The Star, he helped cover Northmont football and basketball.  He stayed with The Star until he left Ohio to follow his dream of working in radio.  Bill continued to cover news and sports in the radio industry in Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Wyoming.  He left the radio industry in 1993 and returned to working at the Brookville Star.  In February 2001 he was named Sports Editor of the Star for football and basketball.  When the Star was purchased by Aim Media Midwest in 2017, Bill stepped away to just cover football and basketball, primarily Brookville, as a staff contributor.  Since 2009, Bill has been the PA announcer for Brookville Girls Basketball and the Division IV OHSAA Sectional Tournament at Brookville through 2021.  Bill has loved every minute of covering sports, especially high school sports.  Congratulations Mr. Idle!

Mr. Scott Springer.   Mr. Springer has been working in media for 35 years--with about 24 in radio, some in TV and the last 11 as part of The Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage.  A graduate of Anderson High School and the University of Cincinnati, he started his media career in Florida.  Scott received a degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa and began writing a column for the student newspaper, recording two major radio stations and produced a Sunday night TV sports talk show until he returned to Ohio in 1990.  Scott returned to Ohio in time to witness the Reds in the World Series and the Bengals in the playoffs and worked at 700WLW from 1990 to 2009.  He was awarded "Best Sportscast" awards twice from the Ohio Associated Press and was a three-time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award, in addition to several "Best in State" honors.  He produced 700WLW Sportstalk with Cris Collinsworth, then moved to mornng sports for the next 16 years.  At this time he covered pro and college sports, along with local high school contests.  Scott started with The Enquirer in 2010.  He continued to influence young adults, including his four sons, in covering and coaching sports.  He states that "it is a thrill to watch some of these young adults that he covered in the early stages of their careers, make it BIG!",   Congratulations Mr. Springer!

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.
2019-2020:    David Miller, Loveland Magazine (Editor & Publisher); Garth Shanklin, Clermont Sun (Sports Editor).
2020-2021:    No recipients due to pandemic.
2021-2022:    Bill Idle, Brookville Star; Scott Springer, Cincinnati Enquirer