OGDEN -- Weber State radio play-by-play announcer Carl Arky has been honored as the 2011 Utah Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Arky is in his 14th season as the radio voice for Weber State Athletics and is veteran sportscaster in the state of Utah. He calls every regular season and postseason football and men's basketball game for the Wildcats.
Arky began his career at Weber State in 1998 when he worked as a member of the WSU Athletic Department, serving as the director of broadcast services for five years, before moving on in September 2002 to become the afternoon sports anchor at KFNZ Sports Radio in Salt Lake City. Arky continued to broadcast WSU football and men's basketball games for the Wildcats.
Before coming to Weber State, he was the sports director at KTVX-TV Channel 4 in Salt Lake City and served as the color analyst on the televised games of the Salt Lake Bees AAA baseball team. He also served as the television voice for Pro Rodeo on ESPN for four seasons.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Arky graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1977. His first full-time position came in 1978 at KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he served as a sportscaster and was the producer/host of the Jimmy Johnson Oklahoma State Football Coaches Show. Arky came to Utah in 1983 where he worked at KUTV-TV Channel 2 in Salt Lake City.
In 1987, he left to become the director of broadcasting for the Utah Jazz. There he was responsible for the production and syndication of all Utah Jazz radio and television programming, and served as the color analyst on those broadcasts. After two seasons with the Jazz, Arky formed his own production company (C.A.P.) and broadcasted cable TV games of the Sacramento Kings, as well as the Western Athletic Conference game of the week, Air Force Blue-White Network and selected games for the University of Utah from 1989 through 1991.
Arky is married to Deborah Linder, they are the parents of two sons, Jake and Sam.
This season Arky can be heard broadcasting the Wildcats on KZNS-AM 1280. He also hosts a weekly Wildcat coaches show on 1280 The Zone.
Arky and the rest of this year's winners will be honored at the 53rd Annual NSSA Awards Banquet on June 11 in Salisbury, N.C.. Bob Costas of NBC Sports and the Major League Baseball Network and author and sportswriter John Feinstein have been elected to the NSSA Hall of Fame. Dan Shulman of ESPN has been named the National Sportscaster of the Year and Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated has been named the National Sportswriter of the Year.