Capitals TV Play-by-Play Announcer Joe Beninati Named D.C. Sportscaster of the Year


Photo: NBC Sports Washington

Every Capitals fan has likely heard the spectacular and captivating play-by-play commentary of NBC Sports Washington broadcaster Joe Beninati, who along with color analyst Craig Laughlin, has been calling Capitals’ TV broadcasts for nearly 25 years. Today, the National Sports Media Association named Joe the D.C. Sportscaster of the Year for 2017.The award, which is given to the best sports broadcaster in a particular region of the country is given by the National Sports Media Association, which is a non-profit organization that has honored excellence in sports media since 1959.

Shortly after the award was announced, Joe’s coworkers and colleagues tweeted their congratulations to the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, including Laughlin, who has been working with Joe since 1994, and Al Koken, who has been covering the Capitals for over 30 years, among others. Joe himself also tweeted his appreciation for receiving the award. Joe has won the D.C. Sportscaster of the Year Award before (2015) from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, as well as eight Emmy Awards, among many other honors and awards.

It is certainly a well-deserved honor for the game’s best (in my and many other Caps faithful opinion) play-by-play announcer and NoVa Caps congratulates Joe on receiving the honor!

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to Capitals TV Play-by-Play Announcer Joe Beninati Named D.C. Sportscaster of the Year

  1. Cathy Hanks says:

    Great selection live him and Laughlin together been watching the CAPs since the beginning. 1974

    Like

  2. Brenda North says:

    Way to go Joe! Well deserved to one of the “Kings of Caps “ sportscasters! ( Craig you are the other)!
    Congratulations!

    Like

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