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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.; March 29, 2007 ?C Jeff Byers, the long-time voice of Penn State wrestling, has been named the National Wrestling Media Association's Broadcaster of the Year. He has been broadcasting Penn State wrestling since 1990.
??I??m honored to receive recognition for doing something I truly love doing,?? Byers said. ??It has truly been a privilege for me to cover the great coaches and athletes of the Penn State wrestling program for the last 17 years. I have made some great friends and have seen some great wrestling over the years."
Byers, who currently works for Fight On State magazine and the fightonstate.com website, has been involved in radio since his junior year at Penn State. He has worked locally for WRSC 1390AM and WBLF 970AM. He also worked at KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Byers was also the first radio broadcaster to be named the Wrestling Institute Magazine's Journalist of the Year, in 1999.
Byers once again served as play-by-play announcer for the Penn State dual match season as well as calling the finals of the Nittany Lion Open and giving extensive, full day coverage of both the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships. He also serves as host to the Troy Sunderland Show, a weekly coach??s show that airs locally on WBLF 970 AM, WKVA 920 AM and a state wide radio network that began this year. Penn State??s wrestling radio network began this season with the cooperation of the Sports Jam Network. WBLF and WKVA served as flagship stations for both the wrestling broadcasts as well as the coach??s show.