MENTONE — People may not recognize her at first sight, but once she starts talking people are able to immediately place her as the voice of basketball.
Rita Price-Simpson has worked for WRSW for over 50 years. She began working for the radio station while she was still in high school and has broadcasted sports ever since.
On top of her broadcasting career, Rita-Simpson is president of the Mentone Chamber of Commerce and an active member of Mentone United Methodist Church.
Over the years, she has been nominated for many honors because of her community involvement. In her opinion, the highest honors have been being named 2014 Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, the IHSAA award for 20 years of promoting girls basketball, St. Vincent’s Silver medal, induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and induction into the Indiana Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.
Her latest honor has been being named as one of 22 Kosciusko County residents chosen to carry the torch in the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, which will travel through the local area on Sept. 29.
She will carry the torch in an antique car, one that she and her husband regularly enter into the Mentone Egg Festival parade. Their segment of the relay is expected to start around 10:20 a.m. from Warsaw High School to the railroad tracks on Buffalo Street.