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The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held this Saturday night, July 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. The guest speaker will be the play-by-play radio voice of the University of Alabama football, Eli Gold.
Gold is the longest tenured announcer in the Southeastern Conference which began with Alabama in 1988. Eli Gold is also part of Sports USA Radio’s broadcast team which provides coverage of the NFL He has also been a member of NASCAR’s Motor Racing Network for 41 years and co-anchor, turn announcer and pit reporter for 33 years. In his years behind the microphone, he has also done television play-by-play for two National Hockey League teams and for the Detroit Tigers baseball team plus free lance for ATP Tennis Tournaments.
Gold has served as play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN and TNN Motorsports in their coverage of NASCAR racing. He has also handled play-by-play for CBS Sports regional coverage of NCAA basketball. He has also worked for NBC as a play-by-play announcer for their coverage of the Arena Football League and NASCAR racing.
A five time Alabama Sportscaster of the Year voted by his peers in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, Eli Gold was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and the University of Alabama Hall of Fame in 2016.
Tickets for the steak dinner and induction ceremony for the Winston County Sports Hall of Fame are $20 per person and can be purchased at Traders and Farmers Bank downtown or at the door.