Mark Maloney, who covered Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com before his recent retirement, was bestowed the Ohio Valley Conference Media Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, Eastern Illinois radio voice Mike Bradd was named the winner of the OVC's 2014-15 Media Award.
The awards were established in 2010 as a way to recognize media members who provide publicity for the conference, its member institutions and intercollegiate athletics, perform their jobs in a fair, consistent and accurate manner, provide all-around coverage for a variety of sports and demonstrate the ability to go above and beyond their normal beat or job description.
"The OVC has a lot of great stories to tell and we are fortunate to have an outstanding group of media covering our schools, which was evident in the great candidates we had for the awards again this year," said Kyle Schwartz, OVC assistant commissioner for Media Relations. "It is great to have an award that recognizes media members who have made significant contributions in covering the OVC and its member institutions."
Maloney covered the Ohio Valley Conference from 1977 until his retirement this summer. Although retired from the newspaper business he will continue to tell stories of the OVC through a partnership with Morehead State to produce feature stories for MSUEagles.com during the upcoming school year.
Maloney was honored by the Kentucky Press Association with first-place awards for "best sports feature" and "best sports story" in addition to winning numerous honorable mentions in those categories. He has also won a "women's sports media" accolade from the Women's Sports Foundation.
Maloney, a 1973 graduate of Akron, has also covered many Olympic sports throughout his career, having the opportunity to cover many Kentucky state high school championships in softball, baseball, swimming and diving, tennis and cross country/track and field.
Bradd has been a part of Eastern Illinois athletics for 32 years, serving as a color commentator for football and men's basketball for four years before taking over play-by-play duties for men's basketball which he has done for the past 28 years.