BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Randy Kennedy will be recognized as the 2024 Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

The Mel Allen Media Award was created to honor media members in the State of Alabama who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after the 1974 ASHOF Inductee Mel Allen, of Birmingham, who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades.

Randy Kennedy is a Chelsea High School graduate who began his professional career by broadcasting high school football and basketball games while still a student at the University of Montevallo. He worked at the Shelby County Reporter before he started his career covering SEC sports for the Dothan Eagle. Kennedy worked the Auburn Tigers beat for one year before covering the Alabama Crimson Tide for three years, culminating in the 1992 national championship season. He has since been a columnist and editor at the Valdosta Daily Times, the Alexander City Outlook, the Opelika-Auburn News and the Mobile Press-Register/ In 2022, Kennedy was named one of the 50 Legends of the Alabama Sports Writers Association. He now lives in Mobile, where he can be heard on iHeart Radio’s Sports Talk 99.5.

Kennedy joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Mel Allen Media Award recipients. They are: John Pruett (2014), George Smith (2014), Tom Roberts (2015), Ron Ingram (2017), Cecil Hurt (2019), Paul Finebaum (2020), Rubin Grant (2021), Mark McCarter (2022), and Rick Karle (2023).

The 56th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.