UNLV Football Announcer Langer Honored Again

Jan. 10, 2013

LAS VEGAS - UNLV football and Las Vegas 51s play-by-play voice Russ Langer has been named the 2012 Nevada Sportscaster of the Year, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) announced Thursday.

It marks the sixth straight year and the eighth time in the last 10 years that Langer received the award in the state of Nevada (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and the ninth time overall as he won the same honor in 1999 in the state of New Mexico, as the play-by-play voice of the PCL's Albuquerque Dukes. The awards are determined by a poll of state sportswriters and sportscasters.

"My heartiest and deepest thanks to the members of the NSSA for this amazing honor," Langer said. "I am humbled by their continued support."

The 54th Annual NSSA Awards Banquet will be held on June 10 in Salisbury, N.C., where the organization's Hall of Fame is located. Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal was named the 2012 Nevada Sportswriter of the Year for the third straight year. This year's national winners include Dan Patrick of Dan Patrick Show/Football Night in America, Premiere Radio/NBC (Sportscaster) and Peter King of Sports Illustrated (Sportswriter), along with 106 State Sportscaster and Sportswriter of the Year Awards from throughout the United States.

Dick Vitale of ESPN and Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press/Author have been elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame, according to NSSA Executive Director Dave Goren.

Langer, who called his first season of UNLV football in 2012, will enter his 26th year in the business and 14th season with the 51s organiztion, which is the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.