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Larry Rea honored at Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE --- Larry Rea, host of the award-winning Outdoors with Larry Rea on ESPN-790 and editor of the Mid-South Hunting & Fishing magazine, received the Wade Bourne Outdoor Communicator of the Year award during the 17th Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, Aug. 26.
The first-year award honors the memory of late noted outdoors communicator Wade Bourne, whose wife, Becky, and son, Hampton, attended the awards ceremony onboard the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen.

Rea, whose radio show recently celebrated its 16th anniversary, is the retired outdoors editor of The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. He continues to write a weekly Sunday outdoors column in The CA where he worked for almost 34 years before retiring in January 2001. He has been the editor of the Mid-South Hunting & Fishing News since September 2016.
During his acceptance speech Rea, who lives in Germantown, credited Bourne with helping to “jump-start” his outdoors writing career in 1988. “Wade was always there when I needed him for advice,” Rea, 74, said. “He was a one-of-a-kind outdoorsman, a man who had a passion for the outdoors, his family and his faith. It is an honor to receive this award.”

Other awards and recipients were: National Wild Turkey Federation (American Outdoor Organization of the year); Harold Knight and David Hale (the Ray Scott American Trailblazer Award); Collierville-based Strike King Lure Company (Outdoor Manufacturing Excellent Award-fishing); O.F. Mossberg and Sons (Outdoor Manufacturing Excellence Award—hunting; Joey Montelone (Tennessee Outdoorsman of the Year); John Miles (American Outdoor Sportsman of the Year) and Jeff Huntley (Legacy Award).
The inductees for 2017:
Dave Precht, outdoor writer and editor of Bassmaster magazine; Morris Sheehan, president, American Bass Anglers, Inc.; Lisa Snuggs, SEOPA executive director; Walter Parrott, champion turkey caller and hunter; Guy Eaker Sr., professional bass angler; Jerry Antley, founder of Cedar Hill game calls; Bob Koulkrod, renowned sports, writer and TV personality and Steve Price, outdoor writer and photographer.

     For additional information go to the Legends of the Outdoors website at legendsoftheoutdoors.com or call 731-693-7770.