Aug. 2, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio-Russ Eisenstein, Ohio’s “Voice of the Bobcats”, and Evan Shaw, Ohio’s Director of Multimedia Marketing, have been awarded an Emmy by the Ohio Valley Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Sports Feature.
With the win, Eisenstein collected his first Emmy, while Shaw won his third.
The Ohio Valley Region consists of television markets in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana. The award is a result of Eisenstein’s voiceovers and Shaw’s camerawork during the piece that profiled Ohio’s 2009 football season.
Eisenstein is entering his third year as the play-by-play voice for Ohio’s football, men’s basketball and baseball programs, while serving as the department’s Director of Broadcasting. His career has included stints with five universities, a minor league baseball team and an NBA organization.
His big break came when he spent two years as the studio host for the New Orleans Hornets when they were in Oklahoma City. He handled pregame, halftime, postgame, TV shows and talk shows. During his time in the NBA, he spent two summers calling minor league baseball for the Eugene Emeralds, the short season Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and as a talk show host in Oklahoma City.
He left the Hornets to become the “Voice of the Idaho State Bengals”.
Eisenstein, a 2002 graduate of Southern Illinois who is one of the youngest broadcasters on the major college level, also has handled the pre-, half and postgame duties for Southern Illinois and Illinois State, play-by-play for baseball at both schools, and women’s basketball at SIU. He has also called Illinois Wesleyan football and baseball, and high school games in southern and central Illinois.
"I'm not in this business for awards,” said Eisenstein. “I'm in it because I believe it's what I was born to do. With that said, it is an incredible honor to win an Emmy. Evan and I have been able to combine our talents to produce great results, and I hope our fans have enjoyed what they have seen and heard. This serves as further motivation to work even harder in the future. Thanks to everyone that has helped get me to this point, and stay tuned for what's next!”
Shaw is a Meigs County, Ohio native and 2007 graduate of Ohio's College of Communication. While at Ohio, he was an active member of Ohio’s student section, The O Zone.
He also won the Telly in the Silver category for Videography/Cinematography for his work during the 2009 football season. The Telly is a national award with over 13,000 entrants in the Silver and Bronze classifications and honors the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. He also finished third in NACMA’s (National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators) contest for Best Video Board segment for his work on the intro video that was featured prior to Ohio’s men’s basketball showdown versus arch-rival Miami on Feb. 24, 2010.
Shaw began shooting football as an undergraduate for WOUB in Athens. His career in sports television has taken him from the football fields of rural Southeastern Ohio all the way to Super Bowl Sunday. In addition to his duties with Ohio, Shaw also patrols the sidelines of professional games every week for NFL Films as a ground cinematographer.
Shaw has now been nominated for six Emmys in his career. As a student at Ohio, he won an Emmy for his work as Director on WOUB’s "Gridiron Glory," a program covering high school football in Southeastern Ohio. In 2009, he won in the category of Outstanding Sports Videography. He has been nominated for a National Sports Emmy three times for work as part of a team with NFL Films.
Shaw’s work for Ohio can be seen on BobcatTV, Ohio Athletics’ official free video platform. His work for the NFL can be seen on major national networks such as ESPN, Showtime and NBC.
"I'm very honored to receive this award from my peers in television,” said Shaw. “As an alumnus of Ohio University, and a huge Bobcat fan myself, being able to work for Ohio Athletics is an incredible experience. I hope Ohio fans enjoy watching these videos as much as I enjoy making them. I'd like to thank Athletic Director Jim Schaus and Associate AD Dan Hauser for giving me the opportunity to work for Ohio Athletics. I'd also like to thank Ohio Football for giving me the access that makes this series of videos something special.”
Ohio’s 2010 football season will get underway on Saturday, Sept. 4 when Wofford comes to Peden Stadium for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff.