WRAK Radio AM 1400 to Receive Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award
For more than five decades, WRAK AM 1400 in Williamsport has broadcast the Little League Baseball World Series to the world over the radio. Bill Byham, who is celebrating his 50th World Series and broadcast partners Ken Sawyer and Gary Chrisman, along with WRAK General Manager Jim Dabney will accept the 2010 Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award on behalf of WRAK during the 64th Little League Baseball World Series.
The W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award was created in 1988 to honor W. Howard Hartman, one of Little League’s most generous and loyal friends, and to perpetuate his memory through special recognition of an individual or organization demonstrating a similar relationship with Little League Baseball and Softball.
“Dating back to the first years of the Little League World Series, WRAK has called the action and told the stories to fans tuning in,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer for Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Sharing the experiences from Williamsport has changed over the years, but WRAK has been there throughout.
“The support of local WRAK personalities, Bill Byham, Ken Sawyer and Gary Chrisman, have truly personalized the Little League experience for fans and players,” Mr. Keener said. “For all of these years, this terrific trio has spent every day of the World Series setting the scene, and describing the sights and sounds, but more importantly, they have made this event exciting by giving the home-town feel to our international event.”
Past recipients of the award include: World Series “Uncles” Fred Plankenhorn and Paul Weaver (team hosts for a combined 85 years); Ray Keyes (long-time sports editor of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette newspaper); Putsee Vannucci (long-time photographer of the Little League World Series); Jack Lundy (owner of Lundy Construction, one of the three original Little League team sponsors in 1939); the honorable Michael R. Miller, Jr. (mayor of South Williamsport, Pa.) and the Lycoming County Law Enforcement Association. Last year’s award recipient was the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.