Core Wyoming Sportscaster of Year

by marlys good

Steve Core has been named the Wyoming Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Core, sports director and general manager of The Radio Network in Green River, will accept the award at the NSSA national convention in Salisbury, N.C. in June.

Core, the son of Jim and Ginny Core of Greybull, graduated from Greybull High School in 1981, and from the University of Wyoming in 1985. This is his 30th year as the voice of the Green River Wolves.

In that 30-year career, Core has won 23 Wyoming Association of Broadcasters awards in news and sports, and has two previous awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as Wyoming Sportscaster of the Year.

Core is looking forward to the convention in Salisbury, which is over Father’s Day weekend. “It’s a fun time, meeting so many top-notch sportscasters and writers. This year, Chris Berman and Billy Packer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”

Core said his interest in broadcasting took root when he was a sophomore at GHS. “Ames Crosby from KMMZ hired me as a part-time announcer, and that’s when I met Steve Hackett, who was doing sports for KMMZ. I thought ‘what a cool job,’ went to Central Wyoming College in Riverton because of its broadcasting school, earned my bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from UW in 1985, and the rest is history.”

Core married Nancy Doornbos (GHS 1984), they settled in Green River, raised their two children, Patrick, who lives and works in Green River (he and wife Casey have two sons, with a third child on the way), and Heather, who “kinda” followed in her father’s footsteps. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in communications and is currently the photographer and graphics artist for a newspaper in Presho, S.D.

“I had some opportunities to move on several times, but Nancy and I started a family in 1986, she had (and still has) a great job with the school district, we liked the small town and decided to stay and raise our kids right here in Green River.”

Core has been a member of the Green River School Board for 16 years, and has been chairman of the board for seven years.

Core loves his job. “Every day is different. I have been the general manager of The Radio Network since 2002, so I oversee five radio stations, which presents many challenges every day, and I’ve been sports director since 1985. I love doing play-by-play, especially football. I have done baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, swimming and wrestling. It’s just a good gig.”

And while his home is in Green River, ”I’ll always be from Greybull,” he said.