FOX Sports Arizona receives 13 Emmy Award nominations

BY foxsports • September 26, 2013

For 17 years, FOX Sports Arizona has been the standard bearer for local sports television programming and coverage, and that tradition was cemented once again when the network was recently honored with 13 Emmy Award nominations by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region.

Todd Walsh already has won two Emmys as the best sports anchor  and will now be vying for a third as he was once again nominated for an Emmy in the “On Camera Talent Sports” category. In all, Walsh’s work was honored with four different Emmy Award nominations this year that were spread across four categories.

In addition, FOX Sports Arizona’s acclaimed In My Own Words series was honored again as three different episodes received a nomination. Shows about Shane Doan, Todd Graham and Matt Williams all received Emmy consideration.

The network’s monthly series about the Arizona Diamondbacks -- Diamondbacks 10th Inning -- was nominated for an Emmy in the “Sports - Daily or Weekly Program” category.

FOX Sports Arizona scored two nominations in the “Sports - One Time Special” category with Countdown: D-backs Opening Day and Hockey the Hard Way.

A pair of the network’s promo campaigns were singled out for Emmy nominations in the "Promotion Program - Sports” category" -- the ASU vs Arizona Rivalry (basketball) promo and Phoenix Suns chemistry.

Editor Tom Elsner and producer Josh Kelman both received five nominations; Walsh had four; producer Graham Taylor and graphics designer Scott Powell earned three each. Videographer Rusty Francisco picked up three nominations for his work on Work to Ride Kids, Countdown: Opening Day and various promos, teasers and openings.

Here are the nominations received by FOX Sports Arizona:

On-Camera Talent Anchor - Sports
Todd Walsh

Photographer Sports - No Time Limit
Work to Ride Kids - Rusty Francisco

Sports - Program Feature/Segment/Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program
Grillin with J.J. Putz - Tom Elsner

Sports - Daily or Weekly Program
The 10th Inning: 9/23/12 - Josh Kelman, Todd Walsh and Tom Elsner

Sports - One-Time Special
Countdown: Opening Day - Josh Kelman, Tom Elsner, Rusty Francisco, Richard Mendez and Jeff Halperin
Hockey the Hard Way - Graham Taylor

Promotion Program - Sports
ASU. vs Arizona Rivalry Promo - Al Porteous and Scott Powell
Phoenix Suns Chemistry - Scott Powell and Dan Omahen

Photographer - Short Form
Promos, Teasers and Opens - Rusty Francisco

In My Own Words: Todd Graham - Josh Kelman and Craig Morgan

Interview/Discussion-Program/Special or Series
In My Own Words: Shane Doan - Graham Taylor, Tom Elsner and Todd Walsh

Nostalgia Program - Program/Special
In My Own Words: Matt Williams - Josh Kelman, Todd Walsh and Tom Elsner

Magazine Program - Feature/Segment
Polo 101: A Horse’s Tale - Josh Kelman, Scott Powell, Tom Elsner

FOX Sports Arizona televises the most regional sports action in the state and is the exclusive local cable television home of the D-backs, Suns, Coyotes, Cardinals, Mercury, Northern Arizona University and the AIA. FOX Sports Arizona is currently seen in 2.5 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services. And for even more coverage of the local sports scene, log onto, and

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