IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Media

Don HamiltonName: Don Hamilton

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Jacksonville area High Schools
WEAI/WLDS Radio

 

Biography:  Don began broadcasting high school basketball games in 1973 for WEAI/WLDS Radio, the leaders in prep sports coverage in the Jacksonville area.  He was courtside for 3500+ games throughout his career.  Don has broadcast tournaments at Ashland, Winchester, and Waverly for 40+ years.  He helped plan and organize the stations' All-Star Basketball Games for 30 years.  These games raised more than $85,000 for charitable causes.

 

Scott BusboomName: Scott Busboom

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
Decatur area High Schools
Millikin University

 

Biography:   Known as "The Golden Sports Voice of Decatur", Scott has broadcast 350+ boys' and girls' high school basketball games and 325+ Millikin University men's and women's games for WZUS-FM radio.  He broadcast the first Decatur high school girls' game on radio.  Scott helped form the Decatur Thanksgiving Tournament and broadcast the first sports talk/call-in show in Decatur.  He was at the microphone for the Millikin women's 2005 NCAA Division III National Championship victory.

 

Emil HesseName: Emil Hesse

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Bowen High School
The University of Illinois
The Champaign-Urbana Courier

The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette

The Mahomet Citizen

 

Biography:  Emil Hesse covered Champaign area high school basketball from 1949-1985.  he worked for the Champaign-Urbana Courier until 1967 when he joined the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette.  After his retirement in 1985, he worked another decade for the Mahomet Citizen.   He named all-area teams for the papers that employed him.  During those years, Emil would attend 50 to 75 games each year.  Hesse feels that the Hebron-Quincy state title game was his favorite while Gene Vance was his favorite player.  Hesse's philosophy on high school sports was "High school athletics is the last holdout for pure amateurism and enthusiasm and continually remains unspoiled."  Emil attended (Chicago) Bowen High School before attending the University of Illinois where he earned a Master's Degree in Journalism in 1966.  Emil passed away on September 15, 2005.

 

Harry Hillis JrName: Harry Hillis Jr.

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
The Olney Daily Mail
Associated Press 
NEC Writers' Association

 

Biography:  Harry spent 20+ years as the editor of the Olney Daily Mail. During that time, he wrote about Olney and North Egyptian Conference sports.  His basketball column "Double Dribbles" was a regular feature of the paper.  Harry won the first place state award for the best sports story by UPI in consecutive years,  1972 and 1973.  He co-authored a forth-Year History of the North Egyptian Conference with Hall of Fame Coach, Ron Herrin.  He served as a member of the AP rating and all-state board.  Harry also served as the president of the NEC Writers' Association.  Harry Hillis, Jr. passed away on December 8, 2017 at the age of 89.  

Ralph FaucherName: Ralph Faucher

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations:
WTAQ
WVFV

 

Biography:  Ralph Faucher broadcast Chicago suburban high school basketball for 25+ years over LaGrange radio station WTAQ. Early in his career, Ralph focused on Oak Park-River Forest High School and (Cicero) Morton High School. Later, he broadcast (LaGrange) Lyons High School. He was Harry Carey’s partner on White Sox radio for the 1971 and 1972 seasons. He broadcast 20+ IHSA State Tournaments. He continued his support of prep sports when he gained ownership of WVFV-FM in Dundee. Ralph passed away on September 22, 2017 at the age of 91.