RIVERTON, Wyo. — John Gabrielsen (KCWC Radio 88.1 FM /County 10/105.1 Jack FM) is a Wyoming finalist for National Sports Media Wyoming Sportscaster of the Year.

“While we have long known that there are so many deserving sportscasters and sportswriters all over the country, for too long, our nomination process limited the number of state finalists,” NSMA executive director Dave Goren said. “I am happy that John Gabrielsen has now been recognized for his talent and dedication and wish him luck in the final balloting going up against the six other talented sportscasters in Wyoming.”

Gabrielsen has a long and distinguished career in sportscasting.  He oversees the operation of one of Fremont County’s most listened-to radio station Rustler Radio, KCWC 88.1 FM.  As General Manager of KCWC 88.1 FM and Rustler TV, as well as faculty of New Media at Central Wyoming College, he has a deep understanding and love of Wyoming sports.  His voice is well-known and iconic for Wyoming sports fans.

John Gabrielsen. Photo: Courtesy of CWC

“John’s unrelenting passion for sports broadcasting is evident in everything he does, from traveling across many miles to broadcast high school and college sports, providing sports updates for multiple media outlets, and educating the next generation of sports broadcasters,” says Dr. Kathy Wells, Central Wyoming College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has truly mastered the art of sports broadcasting.”

He has served as a consultant for Fremont County media company County 10 following their acquisition of three local radio stations. Gabrielson works with County 10’s stations 105.1 Jack FM providing play-by-play for the Riverton Wolverines.

“John is an amazing broadcaster and we’ve been very fortunate to work with him,” said Will Hill, County 10’s owner. “His first game calling the Wolverines for us was his 100th game after 99 consecutive games on-air as the Voice of the Wolverines in the ’90s and early 2000s. John is a true class act and local sports and radio legend who embodies Wyoming Sportscaster of the Year.”

He is the Winner of Wyoming Association of Broadcasters: Best Play By Play, Best Sports Broadcast, and Best Commercial Production, numerous times each. He also has been recognized by the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service and the Wyoming HS Athletic Directors Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service.  In addition to being a co-founder of Wyopreps.com, he was the Head Coach of Riverton 8th Grade football for 9 years and has coached Little League baseball, junior football, and youth basketball for about 20 years. Gabrielsen has been contracted numerous times by the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) to organize and provide play-by-play announcers for state championship basketball and football for the WHSAA (Wyoming High School Activities Association.)

This year’s Hall of Fame finalists feature men and women who have covered a variety of sports, from tennis (Mary Carillo) to hockey (the late Dan Kelly) to auto racing (the late Chris Ecomomaki), as well as baseball, basketball, and football.

The Hall of Fame sportswriter ballot is equally diverse, featuring newspaper columnists such as Bill Plaschke (Los Angeles Times), baseball writers such as Claire Smith (Hartford Courant, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN.com), and authors such as the late Roger Angell and the late Roger Kahn.

Final voting began Dec. 1 and ends on Dec. 31. Winners will be notified during the first week of January and announced on Jan. 9.  The 63rd NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention will be held June 24-26, 2023, in Winston-Salem, NC.