Unless one is new to Capitals hockey, every Capitals fan who has watched a game broadcast on television will know and have had the pleasure of listening to the broadcasting duo of Capitals TV play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati and color analyst Craig Laughlin on NBC Sports Washington. Beninati, in particular has garnered national recognition for his outstanding play-calling. And tonight, he will receive another Capital Emmy Award for his work as a broadcaster.
The Capital Emmy Award win is Beninati’s 12th and earlier this year was recognized by the National Sports Media Association as the D.C. Sportscaster of the Year. Beninati has been calling games for the Caps since 1994 and will be entering his 24th year working alongside Laughlin. The Capital Emmys are awarded by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards those working in the television industry in the Maryland and Virginia area. Prior to the 2015-16 season, NoVa Caps had a chance to interview Joe and learn more about his career path to the voice of the Capitals.
Throughout the night, his NBC Sports Washington co-worker Rob Carlin (who accompanied Joe to the banquet) tweeted his congratulations as well as pictures from the celebration. Joe himself tweeted a photo of longtime Washington broadcaster Jim Vance, who died last year thanking him for his contribution to broadcasting. The band at the awards show played “We Are the Champions” upon Joe’s name being announced (which is unofficially the Capitals’ current team song).
That’s 12 #CapitalEmmys for @JoeBpXp after his latest win! Well deserved.. Plus, the band played him off with “We Are The Champions”.. The #Caps Cup celebration just never ends.. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/iFIlIuZq8G
— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinNBCS) June 24, 2018
For those of you following along @CapitalEmmys , I’m offering full support to @RobCarlinNBCS when we get to page 24 of the awards program!! Program / Moderator extraordinaire!! #capitalemmys pic.twitter.com/le15xkSQ4e
— Joe Beninati (@JoeBpXp) June 23, 2018