Washington, DC -- Long-time Major League Baseball radio broadcaster and "the voice of the Milwaukee Brewers" Bob Uecker will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 17 and sponsored by ASCAP.
Affectionately known as "Mr. Baseball," Uecker is entering his 42nd year calling play-by-play on the Brewers Radio Network and Journal Broadcasting Group's WTMJ in Milwaukee. The former-player-turned-broadcaster has completed 30 seasons as the club's lead announcer, and he will celebrate his 57th year associated with professional baseball in 2012.
"Bob Uecker is a cultural icon whose remarkable talent and love for baseball have touched generations of fans," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "We are excited to have him join the many esteemed broadcasters in the NAB's Hall of Fame."
Uecker's popularity with baseball fans, both on radio and television, afforded him other opportunities. He did color commentary and play-by-play announcing on the NBC and the ABC networks covering Monday Night Baseball, the League Championship Series, the World Series and MLB All-Star Games.
In addition to Uecker's baseball work, he was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and hosted two syndicated television shows, "Bob Uecker's Wacky World of Sports" and "Bob Uecker's War of the Stars." He also appeared as a spokesman for Miller Lite Beer, as the star of ABC Television's hit series "Mr. Belvedere" and in six feature films, including Major League and Major League II.
Uecker was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001 and honored with the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence in 2003. The five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year was also inducted into the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame. Uecker was also a member of the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Championship team.
Previous NAB Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees include: Gerry House, Ron Chapman, Vin Scully, Jack Buck, Harry Carey, Larry Lujack, Rick Dees, Dick Purtan and Dick Orkin.
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