BETHANY, W.Va. – Dave Sims, a broadcaster for Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports and regional television sportscaster for ESPN, will visit the Bethany College campus on Thursday, Sept. 22. Sims, a 1975 graduate of Bethany, will meet with current Bethany students and coaches to discuss how to work with today’s media, as well as his success in the field of broadcast journalism.
Sims, an Emmy Award winning sportscaster, broadcasts weekly National Football League (NFL) and collegiate football games, in addition to handling college basketball play-by-play duties.
His professional career began in 1975 as a sportswriter at the New York Daily News where he covered college sports, professional soccer and the National Basketball Association (NBA) until leaving for a broadcasting career in 1982.
Sims has worked at WCBS-TV as a reporter/anchor, hosted talk shows at the Madison Square Garden Network and WFAN-AM New York. He has called Major League Baseball (MLB) games and college basketball for ESPN.
In 1993, Sims won an Emmy Award for his play-by-play on Big East Football Conference games and again in 1997 for his work in both football and basketball.
In November of 1995, he was presented with the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association media award and was named Media Person of the Year in 1988 by the New York Pro Basketball Scouts. In 1987, he was named Man of the Year by the Tomorrow's Children's Fund of Hackensack, N.J. for his work with young people afflicted with cancer and blood disorders. Sims was also the 2005 recipient of the Big East Media Award.
In addition to his broadcasting career, Sims has also opened a public relations firm called AthletiSense that works with athletes and coaches across the country in media training and life skills.