To many, the voice of Joe Beninati is synonymous with the Capitals. He is truly one of the best of the business and it's not just me who thinks so. The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS-NCCB) announced Wednesday that Beninati will receive the 2020 Board of Governors Award.
Beninati will receive the award at the Emmy Awards Gala on Aug. 8.
"The Board of Governors Award reaches beyond those usually awarded for television news and production by recognizing achievements by individuals, organizations or companies in community service or other worthwhile endeavors within the National Capital Chesapeake Bay's region," a statement from the NATAS-NCCB read. "Historically, the Board of Governors Award is presented for truly outstanding achievement and unique accomplishment of some duration and durability."
In his 25-year-tenure as the Caps' play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports Washington, Beninati has won 14 NATAS-NCCB Emmy Awards. Along with color analyst Craig Laughlin, the duo is the only television team many Caps fans have ever known.
"Joe Beninati makes an impact well outside of his role as an announcer," said Chapter President, Jason Gittlen via the statement. "He has become a leading advocate and representative for the Capitals and NBC Sports Washington in the community, helping build the sport of hockey and giving back to those in need through his support of countless causes and events. Joe is also a selfless colleague and mentor to many, helping guide rising professionals through the ranks and providing advice to those looking to break into the field."
The last part of that quote is absolutely true. Beninati is a pleasure to work with and the award is well-deserved.
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