Mario Impemba, best known as the play-by-play of Detroit Tigers baseball for FOX Sports Detroit, has been named as Michigan Sportscaster of the Year for 2011 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). It's the first time Impemba has won the award which was created in 1959 and won that year in Michigan by Van Patrick.
The upcoming 2012 season will be the 11th for Impemba as FOX Sports Detroit's Tigers play-by-play announcer. He's a native metro Detroiter and graduate of Michigan State University. You'll also hear Impemba doing radio and TV play-by-play announcer for Oakland University men's basketball.
Recent winners of the Michigan Sportscaster of the Year award include Ken Daniels, Jim Brandstatter, George Blaha, and Dan Dickerson. The late Ernie Harwell was a 19-time winner.
Detroit Free Press beat writer Mark Snyder claimed the Michigan Sportswriter of the Year award for 2011. He covers University of Michigan athletics for the Freep.