The Maine Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting eight new members on Sunday at the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine campus in Orono. A broadcasting pioneer is one of the people who will be honored. Dewey Dewitt who broadcast almost every major event in the State will be recognized.
Dewey Dewitt:" You try to be modest about it, but there is an ego factor involved there and naturally I enjoy it very much."
Dewitt called many of the memorable games in the State including Mike Thurston's game winning Shot to lead Caribou to the State Championship in 1969.
Dewitt:" I covered a lot of different sports for WAGM and for WABI and for Maine Public Broadcasting. Some of the great games involved Aroostook County teams."
Dewitt's voice can still be here on WHOU, he does an around town segment every Sunday.
Besides covering sports Dewitt covered news stories including a visit by then Senator John F Kennedy to Presque Isle when he was campaigning to be president, but his passion has always been sports
Dewitt:" The first State Championship we did on television Statewide when Brewer lost to Lewiston in the 50's. Other great sports events happened too. I enjoyed the football broadcast from the University of Maine. All of the great baseball players we had here in the County.
The 96 year still golf several times a week in Houlton still is capable of shooting his age
Dewitt:" I also enjoy going up in the Spudland and believe it or not I was one of the originators of the tournament.
Dewitt is one of the broadcast and sports pioneers in the State of Maine.
Dewitt" I am a County man. I enjoy the statewide recognition, but the County is my home."
Also being inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon include:
Harness racer Jason Bartlett
Skier Dana Bullen
US Women's Olympic Hockey Player Reagan Carey
Actor and Philanthropist and Sportsman Patrick Dempsey
Tammy Jacques of USA Cycling
Longtime University of Maine Farmington basketball coach Dick Meader
Tennis player Anita Murphy
Athletic Trainer Carl Nelson
Football player Leroy Patterson
Football player and coach Bobby Wilder
Gymnast Kristen Kenoyer