"Big Al" Meltzer Scores Big Honor

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    Beloved sportscaster Big Al during his time at Channel 10.

    Beloved Philly sportscaster “Big Al” Meltzer is receiving big-time recognition this fall for his 50 years of contributions to the industry.

    The Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is giving Meltzer their Board of Governors’ Award at the 2010 local Emmy Awards.

    Meltzer, a former Channel 10 fixture, commented on the recognition, “I am delighted to accept this honor from my peers -- it’s that recognition that means the most.”

    This award for lifetime, exemplary work in television joins nine other Emmys that Big Al has racked up during his celebrated career doing sports news and commentary.

    Fans remember Meltzer’s engaging on-air presence, enthusiasm, sports knowledge and easily recognizable voice, said NATAS.

    Meltzer started his Philly broadcasting career in 1966 at WPHL-17 where he covered the 76ers and made Big 5 college basketball legendary.

    He worked at several other Philadelphia stations as well including Channel 10 (for 20 years), Channel 3 and finally Comcast SportsNet, where he retired in 2003.

    The Philadelphia Daily News called Meltzer “the Best Sportscaster in Philadelphia” in 1979.

    Throughout his career, Big Al also covered the Eagles, Temple Owls and Phillies -- to name a few.

    Additional honors for Big Al include memberships in the Big 5 Basketball Hall of Fame, the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Broadcast Pioneers’ Hall of Fame.

    Meltzer will receive his honor during the 28th annual Mid-Atlantic Emmys at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Sept. 25.

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