Sport: Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism
Induction Year: 2018
University: Northwestern State
Lyn Rollins, who has 44 years and counting as a professional sports broadcaster in Louisiana, is a four-time Louisiana Sportscaster of the Year.
Rollins is believed to have called more televised college baseball games than any other announcer in the country. He has been a Cox Sports Television play-by-play voice since 2003 and was the primary play-by-play man for Jumbo Sports’ groundbreaking telecasts of LSU baseball and other state schools beginning with LSU coverage in 1994, continuing spot duty today. He has done state high school game of the week telecasts, hundreds of high school football radio broadcasts, and has called a range of sports including soccer, gymnastics, softball, soccer and volleyball collegiately, primarily for LSU coverage on various networks.
Rollins, a 1973 Northwestern State graduate, was a protégé of LSHOF member/2010 DSA winner Norm Fletcher and a colleague of LSHOF member/2016 DSA winner Jim Hawthorne. He succeeded Fletcher as the Voice of the Hall of Fame. Rollins, who has a master’s in journalism from LSU, was the Demon Sports Network play-by-play man from 1993-2003 and had also called games for Grambling and the Alexandria Aces minor league baseball team. He worked in public relations at Louisiana College, and also in the private sector, winning multiple Addy Awards for advertising and marketing production and campaigns. He recently joined the LSWA’s Hall of Fame selection committee and has been serving on the LSHOF Foundation Board of Directors. Rollins worked as a baseball umpire on the high school and college levels until the mid-1990s.