On Tuesday, the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) announced their winners for the Sportscaster of the Year and the Sportswriter of the Year for 2021, and Colorado Rockies broadcaster Jenny Cavnar was named as the winner of the Sportscaster of the Year for the state of Colorado.
Cavnar has been covering the Rockies since 2012, primarily on AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain as a pre- and post-game host as well as a field reporter and fill-in play-by-play broadcaster but she has also filled in on radio for the Rockies in recent years as well.
Colorado Rockies broadcaster Jenny Cavnar becomes the 1st woman in Colorado to win the Sportscaster of the Year Award
Current and former Colorado Rockies broadcasters are well represented in the Colorado Sportscaster of the Year Award but with Rockies broadcaster Jenny Cavnar winning the award for 2021, she becomes the first woman to win the award in the state.
Current or former Rockies broadcasters that also previously won the award in the state of Colorado include:
- Rockies TV play-by-play broadcaster Drew Goodman (2002-2005, 2007-2011, 2013-2016)
- Former Rockies radio broadcaster Jerry Schemmel (2006, when he was with the Denver Nuggets)
- Former Rockies radio broadcaster and the team’s first radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin (2000)
For each year, the NSMA will name a winner (occasionally, there is a two-way or three-way tie or, even more rare, no winner will be named at all) for both Sportscaster of the Year and Sportswriter of the Year for each state, Washington, D.C., and a winner for both categories at the national level. They also have a Hall of Fame as well. They will all meet together in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in June at an awards weekend.
Cavnar, the Aurora, Colo. native, continues to be a pioneer for women in baseball as she was the first woman to call play-by-play for baseball in over a quarter of a century back in 2018. She also filled in on radio as an analyst in 2015, becoming the first woman to provide color commentary on radio for a National League team.