Dodger Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín Awarded By AFTRA

LOS ANGELES – Dodger Hall of Fame Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín will be a recipient tonight of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Foundation’s 2011 AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards (The AMEES). AFTRA is a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, recording artists and broadcasters working in the entertainment and news media. Jarrín will be honored at the AMEES dinner gala benefit for the AFTRA Foundation at Club Nokia.

Jarrín will be awarded an AMEE award along with “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh and recording artist David Crosby. AFTRA National First Vice President and award-winning broadcast journalist, Bob Edwards, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the 2011 AMEES.

Jarrín begins his 53rd season as “the Spanish Voice of the Dodgers.” Born in Quito, Ecuador, Jarrín came to the United States in 1955 and soon after began working for KWKW in Los Angeles, where he was the news and sports director when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, the same year he joined AFTRA. He became the club’s No.1 Spanish-language broadcaster in 1973.

He has been the recipient of many honors over his career, including induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 in Cooperstown, NY as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. Jarrín was also the first recipient of the Southern California Sports Broadcaster Association’s President’s Award in 1998, the same year he was given the highest honor by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 In addition to his work calling Dodger games, Jarrín has been at the center of many international news broadcasts, including the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II’s visit to America and several important meetings between foreign leaders and Presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson. He served as the interpreter from for legendary Dodger pitcher and current Spanish-language broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela, also an AFTRA member.

 Jarrín has also called more than 30 world championship boxing title bouts throughout the world for radio and television stations in Latin America, including the “Thrilla in Manila” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. He has called 19 All-Star Games and 25 World Series. His broadcasts of the All-Star Game, League Championship Series and World Series on CBS, the Latina Broadcasting Network, Cadena Latina and Caracol were carried on more than 300 stations. In March 2006, Jarrín served as a play-by-play announcer for the inaugural World Baseball Classic.

 About the Awards
The AMEES were created in 2003 to honor AFTRA members for excellence in their craft and their contributions to the fields of media and entertainment. Proceeds from the 2011 AMEE Awards go to benefit the AFTRA Foundation, an independent non-profit organization separate from AFTRA that provides support to charitable and educational endeavors critical to AFTRA members, including the George Heller Memorial Scholarship which provides scholarships to AFTRA members and their dependents for academic study and the International News Safety Institute, the only global organization solely dedicated to the safety of journalists and other news professionals.

Past AMEE recipients include the late “60 Minutes” producer Don Hewitt and his team of CBS on-air journalists including the late Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft, Dan Rather, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Bob Simon, Lesley Stahl and Mike Wallace. Other past honorees include Smokey Robinson, Jeanne Cooper, Vin Scully, Don LaFontaine, Cedric The Entertainer, Willard Scott, Roberta Flack, Bob Edwards, Don Hastings, Susan Flannery, Amber Tamblyn, Patti Austin, Robert Hager, Sam Donaldson, Susan Lucci, vocalist Maureen McGovern, Sam Moore, Charles Osgood, the cast of “Sesame Street” and Juanes.