IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Media

Mike moyersName: Mike Moyers

Year Inducted: 1999

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Quincy High School
IHSA

 

Biography:  Few people get a chance to do exactly what they want to do with their lives.  Mike Moyers is one of the lucky ones.  Listening to the voices of Jack Buck and Harry Caray as a kid, Moyers knew early on that he wanted to be a play-by-play announcer---a craft he began working on at the age of seven.  His first chance at sports broadcasting came in 1979 for WTAD. While working with Jeff Dorsey, Moyers took his partner’s advice and worked on his voice, diction and phrasing. During the decade of the 80’s Moyers did play-by-play of everything imaginable---including girl’s softball and bowling.  When the opportunity to broadcast soccer at WTAD, Moyers embraced the sport and became one of the best in the state.  He was recognized as the Media Man of the Year in 1985 by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association—the same year his local radio show was named as the best national electronic coverage by the Professional Bowlers Association.  In 1987 Moyers became WGEM’s anchor play-by-play voice for the Quincy Blue Devil Basketball program.  After leaving WGEM in 1990 Moyers and new color man Jeff Hibbert were hired to broadcast the Devils on WQCY FM.  Eight years later the Moyers and Hibbert team moved to KZZK FM-- and the listeners and sponsors followed.  Retiring from the broadcasts in January, 2002, Hibbert and Moyers left behind over 400 Friday and Saturday nights of Blue Devil excitement---and hundreds of friends and memories.  During his 23-year broadcast career Moyers amassed over 1500 play-by-play broadcasts---including 33 I.H.S.A. state tournaments in various sports.   In 1999 Moyers was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and, in 2007, was inducted into the Quincy High Sports Hall of Fame. Moyers retired in 2017 after serving as the Senior Vice President of the STARadio Corporation for 18 years.

 

 

Kirk WesslerName: Kirk Wessler

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Bradley University
The Peoria Journal Star

 

Biography:  A Peoria native, Kirk graduated from Bradley University in 1977.  He began his career working for The Peoria Journal Star while still attending college.  He joined the newspaper on a full-time basis in 1987 and became its sports editor in 1991.  Kirk retired from the PJS in 2018 with a resume that earned him recognition as one of the best at covering high school and college basketball in the state of Illinois.  He was inducted into the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the IHSA distinguished Media Award.

 

Bill ThompsonName: Bill Thompson

Year Inducted: 1976

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
WSEI and WVLN
WIKK
WNOI

 

Biography:  Bill's career included play-by-play of basketball, football, baseball, and softball from the junior high level to the junior college level.  He was the voice of Flora High School from 1990-99 at WNOI Radio and for Newton High School at WIKK Radio from 2009-2017.  At both locations, Bill did play-by-play, color analysis and was a sports journalist.  His voice could also be heard on WSEI and WVLN in Olney.  Bill passed away on August 7, 2018 at the age of 64 due to heart complications.  

 

Frank VanceName: Frank Vance

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA TV Network
WHOI-TV
WJOL Radio

Weigel Broadcasting

 

Biography: Frank got his start as color commentator for WJOL Radio in Joliet in 1984.  He became color commentator with Lockport Cable 10 Television in 1985 and four years later worked as a photographer for WHOI-TV in Peoria.  Frank went on to become director of the IHSA TV Network championships and from 2005 to 2019 directed football and basketball games for Weigel Broadcasting.  He has won numerous awards and been nominated for others including ESPN and Emmy Awards.

 

Greg ShashackName: Greg Shashack

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
The Alton Telegraph
St. Louis Globe-Democrat

 

Biography:  Greg is a graduate of Edwardsville High School and the University of Missouri's school of journalism.  He has covered high school sports in Southwestern Illinois for more than 30 years.  Greg began his career at The Edwardsville Intelligencer newspaper but worked for three decades at the Alton Telegraph.  He has served as the assistant sports editor there.  Previously, Greg worked for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.