Department of Broadcasting
Dr. Roger L. Sadler
Roger has been at WIU since 1990. He teaches courses in broadcast law, news reporting, audio production, and societal issues in broadcasting. He is the author of the textbook “Electronic Media Law” published by Sage Publications. The text has been used in media law classes at universities across the country since 2005. Recently, he published a chapter about broadcast regulations in the 2012 International Encyclopedia of Communication. He also led a seminar on cameras in the court at the 2012 Illinois News Broadcasters Association spring convention.
Roger brings decades of broadcasting experience to the classroom. His on-air career began in 1979 when he landed a job as a DJ and news announcer at his hometown radio station in Gouverneur, NY. Since then, he has worked as a DJ, news reporter, news anchor, news director and talk show producer at more than a dozen radio and TV stations in New York, Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Illinois. Roger’s favorite job was working as a radio news anchor and reporter at WKY-AM in Oklahoma City in the 80s. “It was exciting and challenging to be on the air in a big market. You always had to be on top of your game.”
Roger continues to work in radio and TV. Since 1997, he has been the host of “Weekend Rewind,” a live 5-hour classic rock show that airs Sundays on WJEQ-FM in Macomb. Also, since 2002, Roger has worked in the summers as a TV news reporter at WQAD-TV in the Quad Cities. Before that, he reported for three summers at WGEM-TV in Quincy. He strongly believes that teachers need to remain active in the professional world.
Roger is also an award-winning public speaker. In his undergrad days at SUNY Plattsburgh, Roger won 226 speaking trophies as a member of the forensics team. At the time, he was only the third college student in the U.S. to have won more than 200 trophies. In both 1983 and 1984, he won the Cumulative Pentathlon award from the Northeast Forensic League for winning more trophies than any other college speaker in the northeastern U.S. In 1984, he won the trophy for best overall speaker at the New York State Forensics Championships and was crowned State Champion in four individual speaking events. At the NFA National Championships in 1984, Roger was a semi-finalist in extemporaneous speaking, making him one of the top 12 extemp speakers in the country. Roger carried his love for forensics to Western Illinois. In 1996 and 1998, Roger brought the NFA National Championships to WIU. Each time, the event attracted nearly 1,000 speakers and debaters from 125 universities across the country.
Roger enjoys sharing his real-world experiences with his students. He takes his teaching very seriously. In 2007, he was chosen as the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at WIU. As Roger puts it, “I love broadcasting, and I love teaching. So, teaching broadcasting is the perfect job for me. It’s also so satisfying to see so many WIU grads go on to great careers in broadcasting.”
Ph.D. – Mass Communication, Indiana University
M.A. – Broadcast Journalism, University of Missouri
B.A. – Communication/English, SUNY Plattsburgh
Areas of Interest
Broadcast Law, TV and Radio News Reporting, Radio Production, Public Speaking
Illinois News Broadcasters Association
M 2-3, T 11-12, W 12-1, Th 11-12, F 9-10