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.
The Department of Broadcasting offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting with an emphasis in Sports Broadcasting. Students study the history and effects of Sports Broadcasting on society, broadcast sports writing, produce live radio and television games, and create sports content for the Internet. Students also get opportunities to announce football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball games.
Sports Production Track
The Sports Broadcasting Track is for students who live and breathe sports. Students in the Sports Broadcasting emphasis prepare to become multimedia sports broadcasters. They work in front of the camera, behind the microphone and camera, in the production truck and TV studio, and from their laptops, editing, blogging, and posting their work.
Why Choose Sports Broadcasting at WIU?
Broadcasting majors have a long tradition of winning awards at the state, regional, and national levels.
- Students majoring in broadcasting have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in state-of-the art audio and video production facilities from freshman year to graduation.
- Production classes are small with an average class size of 10.
- The Department of Broadcasting is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to our students.
- Students also have the unique opportunity to work in live sports production, in radio, television, and on the web.
The Broadcasting 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
- Eric Frey, 2004, Seminoles Productions, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
- Mike Irvine, 2004, Host, Impossible Shots, Outdoor Channel, Nashville, TN
- Bryan Moore, 2006, Sports Information Director, Eureka College, IL
- Ashley Bishop, 2004, Associate Athletics Media Relations Director, University of Texas, Austin
- Dylan Austin, 2010, Sports Anchor/Reporter, WGEM-TV, Quincy, IL
- Jeff Politsch, 1996, Producer, NASCAR Images, Charlotte, NC
- Amber Houston, 2008, Production, NASCAR Images, Charlotte, NC