Emcees named for Enshrinement Festival events
CANTON, OH (July 29, 2011) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced emcees for various events during this year’s festivities. [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] Matt Fox will serve as emcee at the Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 5. Fox is a well-known HGTV host who has had great success as a speaker, television host, carpenter and designer, as well as being a published author. With 17 years of experience as a public speaker and presenter at home and garden trade shows, he has also appeared on numerous national and regional radio and television shows. He was the host of HGTV’s Room by Room, which started in 1994 with co-host Shari Hiller, and he wrote, designed and hosted over 360 episodes, with his Christmas episode the highest rated special in HGTV history. Room by Room was the first show to air on HGTV and is the longest running program in the decorating category in television history. He and Hiller now have a PBS series called Around the House with Matt and Shari and he is co-host on Cook and Fox in the Morning on Canton’s own News-Talk 1480 WHBC. The fashion show will include state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video to showcase male and female professional models featuring the season’s hottest fashions. Providing added energy throughout the show will be a variety of musical entertainment including Jonah Koslen and Dianne Rasbitsky singing “The Music of the Movies” and members of the Cleveland School of the Arts Dance Company, under the direction of choreographer Terrence Greene, featuring “Dirty Dancing Revisited.” High fashion trends are also expected to be seen on attendees who hope to win the fourth annual Westfield Belden Village “Fan Fashion Favorite” contest. A winner in each dining room will receive a $50 Westfield Belden Village gift card, with a $250 Westfield Belden Village gift card going to the grand prize winner. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and activities start at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for this fashion and entertainment celebration are available by calling (330) 458-2048. Rich Eisen, host of NFL Network, will serve as emcee of the Enshrinees Dinner on Friday, Aug. 5. He was the first on-air talent added to the NFL Network roster in June 2003 and is lead host of the 24-hour, cable and satellite channel dedicated to football. Known for his intelligence and wit, Eisen signed a new, long-term deal with NFL Network in 2010 and became the new host of NFL GameDay Morning, the first and most comprehensive NFL pre-game show on television. He remains host of several other programs including NFL Total Access and NFL GameDay Highlights, and offers special on-location coverage of many league events. A two-time Sports Emmy nominee in the Outstanding Studio Host category, Eisen is no stranger to the Enshrinement Festival, having served as emcee of the induction ceremonies in 2009, and as emcee of the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable several times. The Enshrinees Dinner activities will begin on Aug. 5 with cocktails at 5:15 p.m. A large contingent of returning Hall of Famers will be present to congratulate this year’s Class, and the highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Hall of Fame gold jackets to Enshrinees Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe, and the Lifetime Achievement Award to the late Les Richter, who will be represented by his son Jon. Enshrinees Dinner tickets are available by calling (330) 458-2048. Dan Dierdorf will be teaming up with husband and wife team Dionne Miller and Ray Crawford from Fox SportsNet Ohio to co-host the television broadcast of the Timken Grand Parade, which will step-off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Dierdorf, a Canton native, is a 1996 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and 2000 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a 1970 consensus All-American at University of Michigan. He went on to play 13 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (1971-1983), was named All-Pro five times, was selected as the NFL Players Association’s top offensive lineman three times and was voted to the NFL Team of the Decade for the 1970s. He began his broadcasting career in 1984 with CBS Sports’ NFL broadcasts, first as play-by-play announcer and later as color analyst. In 1987, he joined the ABC Sports’ Monday Night Football broadcast team, and in 1999 returned to CBS Sports as a game analyst for the network’s coverage of The NFL on CBS. Nationally recognized as one of the top football announcers in the industry, Dierdorf is a three-time Emmy Award nominee (1987, 1988, and 1989) as Outstanding Sports Analyst, and the 2008 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. Miller will be in the broadcast booth to provide color commentary. She is a freelance host/reporter with FSNO, mainly as a sideline reporter for the high school football game of the week and remote host for Buckeye State Tailgate. Crawford will be responsible for man-on-the-street interviews with the 2011 Class of Enshrinees and many returning Hall of Famers. For the past two years, he has been an anchor and reporter for FSNO, mainly for Blue Jackets hockey and Xavier men’s college basketball and high school football. The Timken Grand Parade will step-off at 8 a.m. on Aug. 6, following Cleveland Avenue from Sixth Street S to 25th Street N where it will begin to disband. Featured will be the 2011 Class of Enshrinees along with many returning Hall of Famers, 16 giant helium balloons, 20 marching and military bands, 11 floats, antique vehicles and 24 specialty units, including the giant walking flag, Ohio Purple Peddlers, South Shore Drill Team, Magical Train, and Al Kaf Youth Group. A wide television viewing audience is expected on Fox Sports Net Ohio, available to almost six million households saturating Ohio and reaching into portions of West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York. It will be broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 14, from approximately 4 to 6 p.m. (immediately following the Cincinnati Reds post-game show), and will re-air on Monday, Aug. 15, from approximately 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. (unless there is a Reds make-up game due to previous weather cancellation). The Timken Grand Parade can also be seen on Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Channel 989; WIVM Channel 39; and Massillon Cable Channel 128. Viewers can also enjoy the parade on Time Warner Cable – Local On-Demand channel 411 beginning Sept. 15. For those wishing to enjoy the parade sights and sounds on-site, reserved chair and bleacher seats are available by calling (330) 458-2088. Adam Schefter will emcee the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable on Sunday, Aug. 7. He has covered the NFL for over 20 years and is regarded as one of the National Football League’s top reporters. He started as a sportswriter for the Denver Post where he covered the Broncos for 15 years and was named Colorado Sports Writer of the Year in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he joined the NFL Network as a reporter and analyst until he joined ESPN in 2009 as an NFL Insider. He is highly recognized as a contributor on several shows including SportsCenter, NFL Live, and Sunday NFL Countdown. Last year, Schefter did a cross-country road trip to all 32 NFL training camps in 19 days. The author of four books, including one that made the New York Times bestseller list, he is a multi-talented sports enthusiast. Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 7, and will conclude with a center stage roundtable presentation featuring members of the newly inducted Class of Enshrinees in an unscripted, up-close-and-personal format where they share stories and memories of their careers. Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable tickets are available by calling (330) 458-2048. For complete Enshrinement Festival information, visit www.profootballhofef.com.