NATCHITOCHES – Longtime broadcaster, and Shreveport native, Tim Brando has been selected to receive the inaugural Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Ambassador Award and will be part of the Hall’s Class of 2020 enshrined next June.
The Ambassador Award was created by the Hall’s parent organization, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The award honors long-term exemplary contributions to the perception of Louisiana by an individual who has ties to the state’s sports landscape. The Ambassador Award carries membership in the Hall of Fame. The award will not be presented annually, but occasionally, as the Selection Committee chooses, said Hall of Fame chairman Doug Ireland.
“Throughout his career as one of America’s premiere sports broadcasters, Tim has been a tremendous advocate for our state. Our selection committee believes he is the ideal person to be the inaugural winner of the Ambassador Award as a person who has been nationally prominent in his field while constantly promoting Louisiana through words and deeds,” said Ireland. “Brando’s influence has benefited our state’s identity.”
Brando, who has been part of the Fox Sports stable of announcers since 2014, has been a studio host and play-by-play announcer for ESPN, CBS, Raycom/Jefferson Broadcasting, Sirius/XM, and Turner Broadcasting since the mid-1980s. He has received a wide range of national honors for his broadcasting career. His work has earned him four regional Emmy Awards and critical acclaim from national media writers and outlets.
The Ambassador Award, to be presented June 27 in Natchitoches, means Brando will be among the elite 12-person Class of 2020 being inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
The LSHOF Class of 2020 includes a pair of multiple-year Pro Bowl NFL standouts in New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn and Chicago Bears and University of Louisiana cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman, outdoorsman Phil Robertson, former LSU football coach Nick Saban, eight-time Mr. Olympia world bodybuilding champion Ronnie Coleman, Harlem Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, two-time All-America guard Kerry Kittles of Villanova, and Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball legend Angela Turner.