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Duluth's Nessler gets Furman Bisher Award

Longtime sports broadcaster Brad Nessler was announced Tuesday as the winner of the 2010 Furman Bisher Award for Sports Media Excellence, presented by the Atlanta Sports Council through its Atlanta Sports Awards program.

Nessler, who lives in Duluth, has more than 30 years experience as a football and basketball play-by-play announcer. He currently calls games for ABC and ESPN, where he has worked since 1992, and also is the voice of EA Sports' "NCAA Football" and "March Madness" video games.

Nessler began his broadcast career in Atlanta, working as a sports anchor and talk show host for WGST Radio. The Minnesota State-Mankato graduate also was sports director at WSB Radio, in addition to being the play-by-play voice of both Georgia Tech basketball (1980-85) and Atlanta Falcons football (1982-88).

He joins a list of past Furman Bisher award winners that includes Wes Durham (2006), Ernie Johnson Jr. (2007), Larry Munson (2008) and Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray (who shared the award last year).

"Any time you're recognized for the work you do in your field it's something special," Nessler said. "But to receive an award named for a man you have so much respect for, Furman Bisher, is truly an honor."

Bisher, a veteran Atlanta journalist who has authored books on sports figures like Hank Aaron and Arnold Palmer, currently writes columns for the Daily Post.