'Voice of the Hilltoppers' Dave Hunziker Leaves Big Red Radio Network

June 29, 2001

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Dave Hunziker, director of broadcasting and sales for Western Kentucky University's Big Red Radio Network, and the radio play-by-play broadcaster for Hilltopper football and men's basketball, will step down from his post to take over as the play-by-play voice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. The announcement was made Friday by WKU athletics director Dr. Wood Selig, and Derron Steenbergen, executive producer for the Big Red Radio Network.

Hunziker spent one year as the "Voice of the Hilltoppers," broadcasting games for the fifth-ranked Western Kentucky football squad, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, and the Hilltopper basketball team, which won the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.

The Big Red Radio Network has 13 affiliates located across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Since its formation in July 2000, the Big Red Radio Network has become the second-largest collegiate radio network in the Commonwealth.

"Dave did a wonderful job in his brief tenure as `Voice of the Hilltoppers'," Selig said. "He set a new standard of broadcasting excellence and he will be greatly missed. We are tremendously disappointed that he elected to depart the Big Red Radio Network just as it was beginning to take off. However, we have a very solid base from which to build and grow."

"The Big Red Radio Network had a very successful first year," Steenbergen said. "It's unfortunate that Dave chose to leave, but we wish him much success. The foundation has been laid at the Big Red Radio Network and we have set a standard which won't change. A nationwide search is already underway and a committee will be formed to locate Dave's successor."

A native of Kahoka, Mo., Hunziker will replace the late Bill Teegins as the primary broadcaster for the Cowboy Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications, on its coverage of Oklahoma State football and men's basketball. Teegins was one of 10 members of the OSU men's basketball program who perished Jan. 27 in an aviation accident in Colorado.

"The Oklahoma State opportunity was one that was simply too good to pass up," Hunziker said. "I regret leaving Western Kentucky at a time where so many positive things are happening and are on the immediate horizon. However, the Big 12 Conference is where I grew up, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that is best for myself and my family.

"Western Kentucky and the Big Red Radio Network will continue to set standards of excellence that others will try to emulate," he added. "I am proud to have had the chance to be associated with Western and the Big Red Radio Network."

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