For Immediate Release  (12/19/12)

Winona, MN – HBC Sports Announcer Justin Barrientos announced his 500th game for TV 25 on Sunday, at Winona State University’s 74-60 win over Wayne State College in Men’s Basketball play.

Barrientos joined HBC in 2000, after a 5-year career in radio, and started his Sports Announcing for HBC in 2001.  He has covered a variety of sports during his 12 years behind the mike, including basketball, football, hockey, baseball, soccer, dance competitions, MMA fighting, and volleyball.  The majority of his time has been spent broadcasting basketball games, where he has called 351 contests.


Barrientos has also been awarded for his broadcasting by several different organizations.  He won 3 Telly Awards, 3 Videographer Awards, and a Communicator Award.  His greatest honor to date was a 2009 nomination from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter for his Play-By-Play Announcing.  Barrientos was in a category along with Fox Sports North® announcers Anthony LaPanta and Tom Hanneman.  Hanneman, then the Minnesota Timberwolves TV announcer, won the award.  “It was an honor just to be nominated,” said Barrientos.  “I don’t do this for the awards, I do it because I love sports, and I don’t know anything else I’d rather do!”

“Justin is the voice of HBC and THE premier sports announcer in Southeastern Minnesota for college and high school sports. He has a genuine and exceptional talent for sports information that makes him a natural and he has honed his talent like a fine art.” says Mary Malloy, VP of HBC Productions.

Hiawatha Broadband Communications Inc. (HBC) is a southeastern Minnesota telecommunications service provider. The company delivers voice, video and data applications to a customer base that numbers more than 12,000.  

HBC’s roots are in a non-profit project begun in 1993, called Luminet. Luminet connected Winona education, healthcare and government institutions to extend the reach of teaching and learning. In 1997, the success of Luminet led to the formation of Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. Today, HBC operates in 16 markets with 40 percent of its stock owned by non-profit entities.

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