Broadcasting - Sports Broadcasting
"WIU was a big help early in my career. I could volunteer and work a lot of the football and basketball games as an underclassman. A lot of the schools you can't get into broadcasting classes or into the sports angles until you are an upper classman. At Western, I worked the football games all four years and I think that really helped me land a good internship. It got my career going."
-- Jeff Politsch, 1996, Studio Producer for "Inside NASCAR", NASCAR Media Group.
Sports Production TrackOur majors prepare to become multimedia sports broadcasters. Broadcasting has a live sports truck with an HD camera set-up to do live sports. Audio broadcasts are streamed live on WIUS-FM and on RockyVision, the University's Internet programming provider. Students also host and produce Pigskin Preview, a football coaches' show, and Inside Leatherneck Athletics, a show profiling WIU athletic teams. Sports Broadcasting students work in front of the camera; behind the microphone and camera; and in the production truck and TV studio; and from their laptops, editing, blogging and posting their work.
Why Choose Sports Broadcasting at WIU?The Department of Broadcasting is an award-winning program. Broadcasting students have received state and national recognition for their work. This type of acknowledgment is important to employers seeking students who will be productive when they reach the marketplace. In 2014, WIU took home the "Best Video Newscast" award from the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) competition, beating out the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma. We had 13 students named as finalists in the Students in Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA) competition, which was the most of any school in Illinois. WIU won the "Best Video Newscast" and "Best Soft TV News Program" awards. In the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) competition, Broadcasting students were recognized as national finalists for four college radio awards. NATAS also bestowed Honorable Mention awards to our students for "TV Newscast" and "General Assignment-Serious News" and our sports productions received recognition in the Sport Video Group's "College Sports Media Awards." Students majoring in Broadcasting have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in HD facilities from freshmen year to graduation. Our production classes are small with an average class size of 10. The department is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to our students. The department has an excellent internship program that provides students with learning opportunities in professional broadcast settings around the world. Our alumni work in varied fields of broadcast, cable, satellite, advertising, and post-production.
Some of Our Graduates
- Jeff Politsch, 1996, Producer, NASCAR Media Group, Charlotte, NC
- Colby Curry, 2002, Communications and Broadcast Coordinator, Kansas City Royals Baseball Club, Kansas City
- Becky Gilles, 2003, Producer "SportsCenter", ESPN, Briston, CT
- Eric Frey, 2004, Senior Production Manager, Razorback Sports Network, Fayetteville, AR
- Mike Irvine 2004, Host, "Impossible Shots", Outdoor Channel, Nashville, TN
- Ashley Bishop Cushman, 2004, Bottom Line Associate Manager, ESPN, Bristol, CT
- Mark Moses, 2005, Sports Talk Host, WSJZ-FM, Melbourne, FL
- Dylan Austin, 2010, Sports Anchor/Reporter, WGEM-TV, Quincy, IL