It’s been quite a summer for longtime Eastern New Mexico University broadcaster Donald “Doc” Elder.
First, Elder was chosen to the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in June. On Tuesday, he was named the Lone Star Conference’s Broadcaster of the Year for the 2011-12 school year at the league’s media day in San Antonio.
Doc Elder with Lone Star Conference commissioner Stan Wagnon
(photo by Adam Pitterman)
“The award is less a testament of my ability and more a testament of the exciting brand of ball I get to do,” Elder said of doing ENMU football, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball.
Elder, who has been broadcasting sports events at the school since 1996, was nominated for the award by ENMU director of athletic communications Adam Pitterman. He was chosen by a vote of the league’s sports information directors and athletic communition directors.
“We are overwhelmed and so proud of the affiliation Eastern athletics has with Doc Elder,” ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said. “In the 35 years I’ve been in collegiate athletics, he is by far the best radio announcer I’ve ever been affiliated with.”
Elder, who turned 60 in May, is a history professor at ENMU and has also taken on a sports communication class at the school in recent years.
He said he hopes to continuing broadcasting sports events for some time to come.
“It’s a privilege and I really enjoy it,” he said. “I hope I can keep doing it for a number of years yet.”