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WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee to Receive Sid Hartman Media Award

By MN Chapter of the National Football Foundation, 04/29/21, 9:15AM CDT



MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – April 29, 2021 –  The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation is pleased to announce WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee as this year’s recipient of the Sid Hartman Media Award. The longtime radio broadcaster’s outstanding accomplishments will be recognized during a television broadcast in the first part of May.

“We are very excited to honor Dave Lee for his historic radio career at WCCO Radio. When you turn the dial to 830 WCCO, Dave is one of the first people you think of,” said Todd Fultz, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. “His voice has brought fans across the state closer to Minnesota football and we are thrilled to honor him for his remarkable accomplishments.”

During his 32-year career at WCCO Radio, Lee has left a lasting mark on the Minnesota football community. He was the Minnesota Golden Gophers football play-by-play announcer for a decade and currently calls games at the University of St. Thomas. Lee’s voice is also synonymous with Minnesota state football and basketball broadcasts. His love for sports broadcasting continues to touch the lives of others.

As a WCCO morning show host for more than 32 years, Lee has connected fans with Minnesota football. His thoughtful interviews amplify the game to every corner of the state. Lee, a six-time Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year and three-time Emmy winner, is one of the most accomplished radio broadcasters in the Twin Cities market. Not to mention, he has made a tremendous impact through many community projects, including an awareness and fundraising campaign for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

This annual award honors the late Sid Hartman, a Twin Cities media legend for more than 75 years. As a columnist for the Star Tribune, Hartman’s work connected fans with Minnesota football. A close personal friend to many, Sid’s work ethic, determination and passion for Minnesota sports were unmatched. After working with Sid for years, this award is extra special for Lee.

“For me, this award has some special meaning because we spent 32 years together, almost on a daily basis,” Lee said. “I think he would have a big smile on his face over this, I’m pretty sure he would."

Minnesota Football Honors is hosting a show to honor this year’s high school, college and Minnesota Vikings award winners. Special guests will be featured, including Vikings players. An official broadcast date will be announced soon on


About the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation:

The Minnesota Chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote amateur football’s ability to develop leadership, sportsmanship, competitive spirit and academic excellence in Minnesota’s young people. The Minnesota Chapter recognizes legendary football icons, college football Hall of Famers and Minnesota’s top high school and college football scholar-athletes. For more information, visit, or Facebook (@MNFootballHonors) and Twitter (@NFFMN).


Todd Fultz, President              

MN Chapter of The National Football Foundation 

Phone: (612)-325-5500    

Media Contact: 

Daniel House, Director of Media Relations and Content 

MN Chapter of the National Football Foundation