Kaser Wins 10th MAB Broadcast Excellence Award
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Griffins hockey on Newsradio WOOD 106.9 FM & 1300 AM was honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) during its 2018 Broadcast Excellence Awards, held Wednesday night in Lansing.
Bob Kaser's call of the Griffins' 4-3 shootout win over Cleveland on Dec. 29 was awarded "Best" in the Play-By-Play Sports category for Commercial Radio Market 2, which includes radio stations in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Tri-Cities. The award is based on the criteria of presentation and production values.
For Kaser, the Griffins' vice president of community relations and broadcasting, this marks the fourth straight year and the 10th time in the last 18 years that his broadcasts have been recognized by the MAB. Griffins hockey on WOOD also won "best" awards for 2016, 2015, 2012, 2006, 2003, 2002 and 2001, along with "merit" awards for 2017 and 2004.
During home games at Van Andel Arena, Kaser is alternately joined by color commentators Larry Figurski, sports anchor for WOOD TV8, and Lou Rabaut, a Grand Rapids attorney and longtime youth hockey coach and advocate.
Kaser, who has become one of the most revered and honored broadcasters in hockey during his 40 seasons behind the microphone, made his NHL broadcasting debut during the 2016-17 season, doing radio play-by-play for 13 Detroit Red Wings games and calling one telecast on Fox Sports Detroit. He manned the mic for another pair of Wings games earlier this season.
Now in his 19th season as the Griffins' play-by-play voice, the Kalamazoo native received the American Hockey League's 2009-10 James H. Ellery Memorial Award for excellence in radio broadcasting. During his tenure as director of communications and broadcasting for the International Hockey League's Kansas City Blades (1990-2000), Kaser was awarded the Bob Chase Award as IHL Broadcaster of the Year for both 1993-94 and 1997-98.
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