Richard Blakely

Year Inducted: 2020

Category: Media

Schools / Organizations: WXAN Radio

Biography: Rich began his broadcasting career in the early 1980’s covering Southern Illinois University basketball and added high school basketball games involving Christopher and Sesser-Valier on WDQN. He expanded into covering Black Diamond Conference basketball.  Rich later moved to WXAN Radio calling boys’ and girls’ games for Pinckneyville, Trico and Steelville high schools. His 30-minute sports program could be heard twice weekly on several Southern Illinois stations and he continues to broadcast games in small high school gyms.