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Phillies Nation’s Ayres Wins Harry Kalas Award

Kenny in the booth at CBP.

Kenny in the booth at CBP.

We’re all extremely proud to announce one of our own has received a tremendous award.

Kenny Ayres, one of Phillies Nation’s fine contributors, was presented with the 2013 Harry Kalas Award by the Phillies broadcasters. Here is the press release.

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The Philadelphia Broadcasters Foundation is pleased to announce Kenneth Ayres as the winner of the 2013 Kalas Award, given annually to a Philadelphia-area college student wanting to follow in the footsteps of the late Phillies broadcaster, Harry Kalas.

Ayres, a native of Ambler, PA, is beginning his senior year at West Chester University. He is a communication studies major with a minor in journalism, and has been extremely active in both student and commercial media while making Dean’s list in four straight semesters. He is currently completing his second summer with the Lehigh valley IronPigs broadcasting and media relations departments. He has worked on air for WBCB 1490 in Levittown, providing live sports updates and play-by-play of local American Legion baseball broadcasts. For three years he has worked for the West Chester University student station, WCUR 91.7 The Curve. Ayres lists Harry Kalas ‘ description of Ryan Howard’s third deck home run off Mike Mussina on June 20, 2006 as one of his favorite Kalas calls.

For winning the 2013 Kalas Award, Ayres will receive a $1,500 college scholarship to help him complete his senior year at West Chester. He is scheduled for graduation in may 2014 and says his ultimate goal is to be a play-by-play announcer or color commentator for a Major League baseball team.

About the Philadelphia Broadcasters Foundation

Formed in May 2009, the Phildelphia Broadcasters Foundation began as a means of honoring the legacy of the late Harry Kalas. Harry’s remaining colleagues in the Philadelphia Phillies broadcast booth (Larry Andersen, Scott Franzke, Gary Matthews, Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler) together formed the Foundation in the hopes of awarding scholarships each year to aspiring sports broadcasters. Instead of a simple scholarship program, the Foundation was formed with the vision of future charitable endeavors designed to impact the Philadelphia region. You can learn more about the Philadelphia Broadcasters Foundation, its trustees and ways to help the Foundation by visiting www.phillybroadcasters.org.

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Kenny (center) accepting the award from Sarge.

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