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I figure I'm like most people in that I'm really missing sports. It's been great to watch the NASCAR races since they started, along with the PGA golf. Now we are starting to see MLB games since they started this past . And this week we finally get to see the St. Louis Blues start the defend their Stanley Cup Championship.

But it's the local stuff that I'm truly missing. What about you?

Since the IHSA has deferred the decision making on high school sports season the IDPH and Governor Pritzker, there was finally good news from SIU.

On Saturday, the Salukis announced that they have scheduled a game on August 29th at Kansas in Lawrence, KS. This game replaces the game that was lost due to COVID19 at Wisconsin.

This was just enough to give me a glimmer of hope that we "might" see Coach Nick Hill and the Saluki's take the field this year.

Saluki Hall of Fame Broadcaster Mike Reis sat down with Head Coach Nick Hill to talk about the newly scheduled game and how the Dawgs are preparing with so many restrictions in place. You can watch the interview here courtesy of

Let's hope the season actually take place.

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Finally, after a two month wait, Carterville Units School District #5 was to celebrate the Jr High and High School class of 2020, by holding their graduation ceremonies at Lion Field.

For the last several years, I've had the opportunity to be a part of various events at the school in addition to doing play-by-play for Lions sports. For the last two nights, I've been live streaming these graduation ceremony's for the district.

I just wanted to take a moment so say thank you to the CUSD#5 administration, teachers, staff. We are truly lucky to have such a great group of people that care so deeply for the student in Carterville.


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  • Writer's pictureDave McKenzie

It is a busy weekend for Carterville Unit School District #5, as they will finally be able to hold graduation ceremonies for both the junior high and high school.

Both ceremonies will start at 8:00 PM at the football field with the Jr High graduation being held on Friday night and the high school graduation on Saturday night. Social distancing protocols will followed both nights.

We will be live streaming both events. You can watch live on our YouTube live stream by clicking on the links below:

This has been an unprecedented year for these students, and I'm so glad that they are able to celebrate their graduation.

Congratulations to all of the graduates, Class of 2020!

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  • Began his radio career in radio at WXAN (Ava, IL) in 1985

  • Has worked at several radio stations in the Southern Illinois area including, WDQN (DuQuoin, IL),  WQRL (Benton, IL), WDDD (Marion, IL).

  • Currently works for Max Media in Carterville, IL.  Dave has worked on each of the five station in that group including WOOZ (New Country Z100), WCIL-FM (Today's Hit Music 101.5CIL-FM), WUEZ (Magic 95.1), WJPF-WCIL-AM (NewsRadio WJPF), WXLT (103.5 ESPN).

  • On-Air Talent on New Country Z100 since 2004 and host/producer of the Saturday Morning Oldies Show.

  • Host of "Riding the Pine", on 103.5 ESPN, a weekly sports talk show covering the Southern Illinois Miners, Southern Illinois' minor league baseball team in Marion, IL.

  • Program Director for 1035 ESPN

  • Play-by-play announcer for Carterville High School sports including football and basketball on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Fill-in host for the Morning Newswatch with Tom Miller, heard Monday-Friday on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Emcee/host for Music & Motion Marching Band field competition held each October at Saluki Stadium hosted by the SIU School of Music (2011-2016).

  • Emcee/host for the Walk for a Cure for Arthritis held every May at the University Mall in Carbondale, IL.

  • Main stage Emcee for the first Bluegill Music Festival held July 4th, 2015 at the Rend Lake Dam.  Over 20 music acts performed throughout the day.

  • Herrinfesta Italiana stage host for various music acts

  • Commercial voice-over work

  • Live remote broadcasts at various businesses and events throughout Southern Illinois.

  • Event Coordinator for five station group

  • Experienced HR/Safety/Environmental Manager for manufacturing and transportation companies.

  • Public Address Announcer for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor League Baseball team (2016).

  • 2016 Illinois Broadcasters Association "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for Best Sportscaster in Medium Market radio.

  • 2017 Illinois Broadcasters Associations "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for "Best Radio Play-by-Play for Medium Market Stations".

  • 2017 Southern Illinois Miners On-Field Host

  • Two-time segment host of the "show that made country music famous", the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN (February 7, 2010 and May 6, 2017)

  • On-Field Host for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor Leagues Baseball team (2017-2021)

  • 2018 & 2019 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award Winner for Best Play-by-play in Illinois.

  • 2018/2019/2021/2022 PONY Baseball International Colt World Series Play-by-play

  • 2019 Play-by-play Broadcaster for National Pro Fastpitch TV (Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois)

  • 2022/23/24 - Play-by-play Broadcaster of John A. Logan College Men and Womens Basketball

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