Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - Updated: 10:17 AM
By David Green
Jeff Waters, radio voice of Marshall County Marshals basketball since 1994, has been named winner of the Lifetime Media Award by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches.
Waters will receive the award on Friday, March 17, between games of the afternoon session of the KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
“I’m not sure I deserve this award,” Waters said. “I feel there are many individuals across the state that are very deserving of this honor, but I am very thankful.”
Waters joined the staff of WCBL in Benton in 1993. He was inducted into the Marshall County Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame in 2013.
In addition to boys basketball, Waters is also play-by-play announcer for the Marshals football team, produces weekly coaches’ interview programs covering the spectrum of MCHS athletics and has produced a series of programs titled “Chats With Champions” that airs daily on the station.
The “Chats” audio comes from the many interviews Waters has done over the years and continues to do with sports figures who are prominent in the area.
“From individuals such as Bob Warren, Bennie Purcell, Barry Goheen, Jack Givens, Frank Ramsey, Coach Howard Beth, Barney Thweatt and countless others, these conversations have opened up a world of history that not only I got to learn and enjoy, but was able to share with others,” Waters said.
Waters is a native of Lyon County and a 1989 graduate of Lyon County High School.
He teamed with Dave Rowton to broadcast the entire state boys basketball tournament on WCBL for nine years from 1996 through 2004, and served as play-by-play man for the Murray State television network, covering basketball and football with analyst Dave Winder from 2008 through 2012.
Waters served two terms as president of the Marshall County Rotary Club, is a past president of the Marshall County Athletic Foundation and is the current representative of District 1 on the Marshall County Board of Education
Waters lives in Benton with his wife, Jenny, a nurse practitioner at Baptist Health Paducah, and their children Reed, 12, and Anna, 9.