July 31, 2001
Bowling Green, Ky. - Mike Legg, the voice of Southeast Missouri State University athletics for the past seven years, will take over the radio play-by-play duties for Western Kentucky University football and men's basketball this fall.
The 30-year-old Legg will serve as Director of Broadcasting and Sales on the WKU athletics staff and will also call the action for the Hilltoppers on Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation's Big Red Radio Network. He will assume his new duties with Hilltopper athletics and CBC Aug. 6.
"This opportunity at Western Kentucky is one that I've always been very intrigued by and it comes along at the right time in my career," Legg said. "I am extremely grateful to Dr. Wood Selig, Jim Clark, Steve Newberry and Derron Steenbergen for having the confidence in my abilities to bring me on board at Western. I can't think of a better time to join the Hilltopper program!"
Legg has 11 years of play-by-play experience, dating back to his first play-by-play broadcast of Warrior basketball at Wabash Valley Junior College on WVJC radio in Mount Carmel, Ill., in 1990.
The Fairfield, Ill., native took over the radio play-by-play duties at Southeast Missouri in November, 1994, and, in his position as director of sports operations for the Zimmer Radio Group's operations in Cape Girardeau, oversaw all aspects of sports programming for that organization's five area stations. Through the years, he has called the play-by-play and produced more than 300 SEMO football, men's basketball and baseball games while also hosting live weekly call-in shows with the Indian football and basketball coaches. And, he was actively involved in the sale of advertising for those sporting events, including both corporate and local accounts.
While at SEMO, Legg also hosted television coaches shows and served as the color analyst on Indian basketball telecasts.
"Mike will be a wonderful asset to the University and give us a presence on our broadcasts that all Topper followers will love," commented WKU Athletics Director Dr. Wood Selig. "Our fans will immediately embrace his enthusiasm and professionalism. He has quality and comprehensive experiences in both broadcasting and sales. With the ambitions we have for our radio network and its overall quality for our listeners and sponsors, Mike is the perfect choice to lead us further in the positive direction we started last year."
"Mike brings the entire package to the Big Red Radio Network." said Derron Steenbergen, executive producer of the Network and community manager of CBC's five stations operating in Bowling Green and Glasgow. "He is a terrific broadcaster, but an even better person. Mike will be someone Western fans will come to love for a long time. We are very eager to get him on board!"
During his two years as a student at Wabash Valley, Legg also put in time handling high school football and basketball play-by-play chores for WFIW radio in his hometown.
From Wabash Valley, Legg moved on to Southern Illinois University and continued his sports broadcasting career while a student in Carbondale, working at WIDB radio (play-by-play, color, call-in show host and sports anchor), WSIU-TV (producer, anchor and editor), and with the Zimmer Radio Group at WOOZ radio (sports director, marketing, production).
Following graduation from SIU in the spring of 1994, Legg remained with the Zimmer Group at its Sikeston, Mo., station (KSIM radio), doing the play-by-play coverage of Sikeston High School football while also serving as sports director and an account executive there. He was there just five months before moving on to Cape Girardeau with Zimmer in November to take on the assignment at Southeast Missouri.
Legg, a 1988 graduate of Fairfield High School, holds an associate degree in applied science (radio and television) from Wabash Valley J.C. (1992) and a bachelor of arts degree in radio and television from SIU (1994).
He fills the vacancy at WKU created when former Topper broadcaster Dave Hunziker resigned earlier this month to take a similar position at Oklahoma State University.