SALISBURY, N.C. – Ole Miss play-by-play voice David Kellum has been named Mississippi Sportscaster of the Year for the seventh time in his career, as announced by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association on Monday.
NSSA members annually elect print and radio/television winners from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Davis Potter of the Oxford Eagle was selected as the Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year for the first time in his career.
Winners will be introduced at the 57th annual NSSA Awards Weekend, June 18-20, in Salisbury, North Carolina. Sharing the stage will be National Sportscaster of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick of NBC Sports and National Sportswriter of the Year Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated and SI.com. Chris Berman of ESPN/ABC, Billy Packer of Raycom/NBC/CBS, Gary Smith of Sports Illustrated and the late author, David Halberstam, will be inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame.
Kellum, a native of Oxford, is in his 27th season as the “Voice of the Rebels” and has been associated with Ole Miss broadcasts for 37 years. He became the play-by-play announcer for Rebel baseball as a freshman student at Ole Miss in 1978, and he is one of only a few announcers in the SEC handling play-by-play for football, men’s basketball and baseball.
In addition, Kellum is the host of the coaches’ weekly radio shows and has been the master of ceremonies for countless Ole Miss events, both athletically and academically.
Kellum was previously honored as the Mississippi Sportscaster of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2011 and 2012. In 2006, he received the “Lindsey Nelson Outstanding Sportscaster” award from the All-American Football Foundation.