Why Sports Broadcasting at WIU?

Students majoring in Sports Broadcasting have the unique opportunity to work in news and live sports production, audio, video, web design, social media, and post-production with experienced faculty from freshman year to graduation. Students work on projects and live events as they learn. Classes are small. Broadcasting is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to its students.

Broadcasting majors have a long tradition of winning awards at the state, regional, and national levels. The Broadcasting and Journalism department has an excellent internship program that provides students with learning opportunities in professional broadcast settings around the world. Our alumni work in the varied fields of broadcast, cable, satellite, advertising, post-production, and sports.

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Link to Watch ESPN

Sports Broadcasting students at Western Illinois have the opportunity to announce games and work on the crew for ESPN3 productions. Students in the department have the opportunity to work Leatherneck football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball productions that air on the ESPN platform. All productions are done entirely by the students, including play-by-play and color commentator positions.

The new arrangement between the Department of Broadcasting & Journalism and the Western Illinois athletics department allows Leatherneck fans nationwide to log in and watch events live on ESPN3, a part of the ESPN family of networks. Fans can watch the events online at WatchESPN.com on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app or stream on televisions through connected devices. Western Illinois sporting events will now reach more than 100 million people nationally (99 million households, 21 million U.S. colleges/universities and U.S. based military personnel), and have the look of an ESPN broadcast.

"The airing of Leatherneck Athletics events on ESPN3 will feature our talented student-athletes on a national platform and enable a wider audience to follow the success of our sports programs," said interim director of athletics Matt Tanney. "It's also another example of the valued partnership between the Athletics department and the university's Sports Broadcasting program."

Leatherneck Athletics has worked with the Sports Broadcasting department for several years airing games on radio and television. All video streamed events on GoLeathernecks.com (through SIDEARM Sports) are a broadcasting department production.

According to William T. Clow, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, "The opportunity for our Sports Broadcasting students to produce events that will be carried on ESPN3 and for our student-athletes to be seen on a national stage is a truly great one. This has been a joint effort and shows the professionalism and collaboration with which both programs operate here at Western Illinois University."

Meet Our Sports Broadcasters

MHS Football Crew

MHS Football - Christopher Leonard, R.J. Larson, Drew Pontifex, and Chris Bean

MHS Soccer Crew

MHS Boy's Soccer - Tim Risden, Caleb Camp, Collin Miller

MHS Volleyball Crew

MHS Girl's Volleyball - Chris Bean, David Koier, Max Minefield

MHS Basketball Crew

MHS Girl's Basketball - R.J. Larson, Andrew Pontifex, Chris Bean

WIU Football radio announcers

WIU Football WIUS Radio Announcers - Zach Martin and Brandon Dragon


WIU Football ESPN3 Announcers - Danny Frey, Nick Gehricke and Michael Packard

WIU football sideline reporter

WIU Football ESPN3 Sideline Reporter - Nick Gehricke


WIU Soccer Announcers - Michael Harms and Brad Piro

WIU Volleyball TV announcers

WIU Volleyball TV Announcers - David Koier and Conor Fredland

WIU Volleyball radio announcers

WIU Volleyball Radio Announcers - Justin Minckley and Michael Dion

WIU Softball TV

WIU Softball TV Announcers - Connor McKnight and Zach Martin

WIU Track and Field

WIU Track and Field Announcers - Zach Stone, Justin Minckley, and Collin Miller


WIU Men's Basketball TV Announcers - Collin Miller, Michael Dion, Will Turkington


WIU Men's Basketball Sideline Reporter - Collin Miller

WIU Mens Basketball WIUSFM

WIU Men's Basketball WIUS Radio Sideline Reporter - Makenzie Yearby

WIU Mens Basketball

WIU Men's Basketball WIUS Radio Announcers - Brendan Reidy, Aaron Jones, and Makenzie Yearby


WIU Women's Basketball TV Announcers - Zach Martin, Pat Morris, Michael Harms

WIU_W Basketball Sideline Reporter

WIU Women's Basketball TV Sideline Reporter - Michael Harms


WIU Women's Basketball Leatherneck Sports Network - Danny Frey

WIU_W Basketball radio

WIU Women's Basketball WIUS Announcers - R.J. Larson, Cam Freeman, Phil Giovanni

WIU Mens Basketball

WIU Women's Basketball WIUS Radio Sideline Reporter - Cam Freeman 123

WIU Baseball TV announcers

WIU Baseball TV Announcers - Devin Kolodziej and Dominick Nardi

WIU Baseball Radio

WIU Baseball WIUS Radio Announcers - Michael Dion and Pat Morris

Coach Fisher

Host Danny Frey with WIU Coach Charlie Fisher

Our Works

Sports Talk Radio

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Students have the opportunity to be apart of sports talk radio shows on our campus radio station 88.3 The Dog. Listen live every evening from 4-6 p.m. as sports broadcasting majors from freshmen to senior year host their own sports talk radio shows.

Listen Live to 88.3 The Dog

WIU Sports Broadcasting on YouTube

Western Illinois football vs. South Dakota State

Western Illinois men's basketball vs. UIC

Western Illinois at Iowa - Men's Basketball Highlights

Photo Gallery


Truck Production Schedule

Download the Truck Production Schedule

Sports Broadcasting students use a sports truck for their productions with an HD camera set-up to do live sports broadcasts on ESPN3. Students operate a Ross Carbonite switcher, Xpression graphics, as many as six HD cameras, and a four-camera replay system.