Wyatt Thompson Named Kansas Sportscaster of the Year

Wyatt Thompson

Jan. 11, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Wyatt Thompson, Voice of the Wildcats since 2002, has been named the 2011 Kansas Sportscaster of the Year as the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association announced their annual award recipients.

The honor by the association is the first for Thompson, who is in his 10th year as the play-by-play voice of the Wildcats. He started his broadcasting career in 1976 as a sportscaster for various high schools, colleges and universities in Kansas, spending time at stations in Great Bend and Abilene.

He worked for KAYS radio and television in Hays from 1985 until 1989 where he was the play-by-play voice at Fort Hays State. While in Kansas, he was recognized with the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Play-by-Play Award in 1982 and the Oscar Stauffer Sportscaster of the Year Award in 1989.

Thompson, the 2011 recipient of the Hod Humiston Award from the KAB, came to Kansas State in 2002 from Colorado State, where he was the play-by-play voice for CSU's football and men's basketball teams for five years.

An accomplished professional, Thompson won the Colorado Broadcasting Association award for best play-by-play in 2000. In addition to his duties at CSU, Thompson was also a sports reporter for Clear Channel Denver, the Countdown to Kickoff host for the Denver Broncos on KOA Radio and hosted the Zone Sports Insiders show on 760 The Zone in Denver.

The state of Kansas was well-represented on the list of NSSA awards for 2011 as long-time K-State beat writer Kevin Haskin of the Topeka Capital Journal was the Kansas Sportswriter of the Year. Haskin also authored the K-State Football Vault Book back in 2009. Also, former Kansas City Star sportswriter and current Sports Illustrated columnist Joe Posnanski was the National Sportswriter of the Year by the organization.