RALEIGH, NC – The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association(NSSA) announced today that Chuck Kaiton, the longtime radio play-by-play voice of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, was named the 2015 North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year. Kaiton will be honored at the organization’s ceremony, which will take place during the NSSA’s Awards Weekend from June 18th-20th in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Kaiton has been with the franchise since the 1979-80 NHL season, when they were based in Hartford, Connecticut, and has been the radio “Voice of the Hurricanes” since the franchise relocated to North Carolina in 1997. In 2004, Kaiton was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Award, an award that is given annually to National Hockey League broadcasters making outstanding contributions to their profession during their careers. He received the award following the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies on November 8, 2004 in Toronto, making him just the 26th NHL broadcaster to receive the honor since the Hockey Hall of Fame began recognizing broadcasters in 1984.
In addition to his work with the franchise, Kaiton spent 29 years as president of the NHL Broadcasters Association from 1986-2015. Chuck began his broadcast career in 1969 at the University of Michigan calling Wolverine sports, before moving to the University of Wisconsin in 1975 to cover Badger sports, and in 1979, he was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year.