Lanny Slevin

Year Inducted: 1985

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations: WLPO/WAJK Radio

Biography: Spalding “Lanny” Slevin got his start in radio sports casting at WPRC in Lincoln in 1970. Since that date, Slevin estimates he’s covered 1,200+ high school and junior college sports events. Slevin assumed the sports director’s position at WLPO/WAJK in LaSalle-Peru in 1973. Slevin rates high school basketball at the top of his list of favorites. He has broadcast speedboat races, 10-kilometer runs and tug-of-wars. For nearly three decades, Slevin and guest coaches broadcast Class A and Class AA State Tournaments from courtside first in Champaign then in Peoria. He has served on the IBCA player selection committees for the All-Star Games for several years leading up to his retirement in 2013.  Lanny’s relationship with the IHSA allowed him to announce basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, and track events.  He was the emcee of the 100th IHSA Track State Finals.  For many years, Lanny was the voice of the annual IBCA Hall of Fame Banquet.