NEW YORK – Wednesday turned out to be a very special day for Beth Mowins, one of ESPN’s most versatile play-by-play announcers.
Moments before accepting the Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, the Oakland Raiders announced she will be calling three of the team’s NFL preseason games in August – one of very few women to ever do so. Mowins also has agreed to a new multi-year deal to continue her work at ESPN.
“Growing up in Syracuse I knew about the Newhouse School and all the great sportscaster alums. Marty Glickman started it all and it is such an honor to receive an award bearing his name,” said Mowins. “Syracuse has provided a launching pad for so many people now at ESPN, and I often lean on the advice and guidance of my fellow Orange. It is a real testament to what Marty Glickman started.”
Having earned her graduate degree from Newhouse in 1990, Mowins was surrounded by family, friends and co-workers, current and past, at Time Warner headquarters in New York City on Wednesday. Fellow alumnus and broadcasting veteran Bob Costas, the 2013 recipient of the Marty Glickman Award, presented Mowins, while ESPN teammates Doris Burke and Holly Rowe, along with her first boss John Eves, from WXHC-FM Radio in Homer, N.Y., offered their own heartfelt toasts during the hour-long presentation.
The sentiment throughout the room, and in video tributes from ESPN vets and fellow Syracuse alums Mike Tirico, Sean McDonough and senior vice president of talent planning and development Laurie Orlando, focused on Mowins as the ultimate teammate, one of the best in the business — and a trailblazer. ESPN President John Skipper also attended and congratulated Mowins.
“Beth is a tremendously talented broadcaster who has had an immense impact on our industry,” said ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, John Wildhack. “Her versatility, professionalism and comradery were themes shared by so many at the Marty Glickman Award presentation, and Beth is extremely deserving of this leadership award.”
Rowe said: “It was such an honor to be asked to speak on Beth’s behalf. Working with her for close to two decades has been a joy – each and every time I work with her, she makes me better and sets a standard of excellence for our team. I am grateful to have her influence and example in my life. And did I mention she is hilarious, fun and a terrific human being.”
Mowins is “a play-by-play person of the highest caliber, but more importantly, she is a better teammate and person,” said Burke. “I am honored to be counted amongst her friends and be with her as she was presented with the Marty Glickman Award.”