Larry Rea, host of the award-winning Outdoors with Larry Rea on ESPN 790-AM, was recently inducted into the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame at its 48th annual induction banquet at the Hilton Hotel in East Memphis.
Rea was among 18 inducted in the MASHF’s Class of 2017.
An on-air host for Entercom Radio since August 2001, Rea was inducted in the “personal contributor” category. Lynn Alford, MASHF president, said, “Larry Rea has been granted the highest honor for outstanding achievement, sportsmanship and character for his contribution to amateur athletics as a personal contribute.
Rea worked almost 34 years with The Commercial Appeal before retiring in January 2001. After retiring he continued to write as a free-lance reporter for the newspaper. On July 2, 2017 Rea celebrated 50 years of writing/broadcasting in the Memphis area.
His radio show, which is broadcast weekly from 6-7:30 a.m. on Saturdays, has won numerous local, state and national awards. In August of 2017 he received the first Wade Bourne National Outdoor Communicator of the Year Award by the Legends of the Outdoors.
Cheri Ganong Robinson (adult team coach); Mike Dlugach (baseball), Andrew Turner (basketball), Bill Anderson (bowling), Tony Gardner (boxing), Steve Leech (football); Riner Fletcher (posthumously) and Don Williams (game official); Kirk Bailey (golf); Howard Burch (men’s fast pitch softball); Dick Fadgen (swimming); Parochial Athletic Association (team sponsor); Janie Stafford (women’s slow pitch softball) and Phil Clark, John Clayton, Keith Hagan (posthumously) and Bill ‘Bear’ McClain (youth team manager/coach).
Tom Nix, long-time football coach at Christian Brothers School, received the Larry Fish Lifetime Achievement Award.