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GREENVILLE, SC – MARCH 27, 2017 – ESPN Upstate’s Mark Sturgis, host of Straight Up With Sturg (weekdays, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.), has been named the 2016 South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association’s (NSMA) and will be honored at the 58th Annual NSMA’s Awards on June 26, 2017 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Sturgis was one of two finalists from the state of South Carolina. He was joined by Allen Wayne Smothers of Coastline Sports Media. Finalists were nominated by NSMA members in December and announced on March 1, 2017.

“This award is voted on by your peers in the industry,” says Dave Goren, Executive Director of the National Sports Media Association. “If they show you this kind of respect, it says a lot.”

The NSMA will also induct Linda Cohn, the late Frank Gifford, Mike Lupica and the late Sam Lacy into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame this June.

“Sturg has been a driving force in the rapid growth of ESPN Upstate. It’s no surprise he is receiving this recognition,” says ESPN Upstate’s Operations Manager, Mark Hendrix. “His tireless dedication and passion for sports really connects with all listeners that hear his afternoon show.”

Mark Sturgis majored in Broadcast and Film Communications at the University of Alabama where he later furthered his education at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida; focusing on Specialized Recording Engineering. Sturgis is no stranger to the industry. He began his career working at recording studios in Knoxville and Atlanta. After a short stint at JP Sports in Charlotte, NC, Sturgis and his wife moved back to the Upstate where he began working for Edwin McCain’s company, OMG. There he became part of The Opening Drive Radio Show and his future in radio and at ESPN Upstate was inevitable.

ESPN Upstate is an affiliate of ESPN Radio. Entercom’s ESPN Upstate can be heard on 97.7 FM/1330 AM in Greenville and 97.1 FM/950 AM in Spartanburg and on HD radio all over the Upstate on WFBC-FM HD3. For more information visit www.espnupstate.com.

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