THE ICON: Jim Henderson
THE LEGACY: Any sports reporter worth his or her electrolytes is, beneath it all, a student of the game. Rare, however, is the sportswriter who is as adept at the “writing” part of the job as New Orleans broadcasting giant Jim Henderson. A former English teacher, he came to New Orleans in 1978 to replace another local legend, Hap Glaudi, on WWL-Ch. 4. Many local viewers were skeptical, but the rookie didn’t miss a beat, adding to a deep bench that would help turn WWL in a local ratings juggernaut. Through his eloquent and thoughtful commentary segments, which would become a highlight of his always-thorough nightly sports roundups — and, from 1986 to January 2018, as the impassioned and eminently quotable radio voice of the New Orleans Saints — Henderson would forge a place all his own in the pantheon of New Orleans sports and broadcasting giants.
THE ARTIST: Jeff Morgan
THE INSPIRATION: “Nobody in sports broadcasting has more respect, is a better writer, anchor, play-by-play man than Jim Henderson. He has raised the bar for all sportscasters.” — Chris Wegmann, senior vice president and market manager for WWL parent Entercom, on the 2008 retirement of Jim Henderson