News Director Mark Weiler Honored

Mark Weiler Family Picture 1
Mark, with wife Joyce and daughter Sarah

 

The following article was featured in the Clay County Advocate newspaper:

 

A Clay County, Illinois man was recently inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the
IBCA's Annual Banquet held April 26 at Illinois State University in Bloomington.  54 year old Mark Weiler of Clay City was among
several statewide coaches, players, officials, and others that were recognized during the event.  Beginning his radio
broadcasting career at WNOI-FM in Flora back in 1978, Weiler was among five media inductees that were selected by
a statewide panel of IBCA Board members.  The Clay City High School graduate credits his early years at WNOI as a
key in developing his brand of sports play-by-play, hired by then General Manager Steven McCarthy, and working with
other radio broadcasters such as Ken Windle and Randy Olson, and later with Randy Poole.  Moving on to WVLN-WSEI
and the Forcht Broadcasting Group in Olney in 1991, Weiler continued to broaden his broadcast skills with the likes of Mike Lowe,
Ed Ballinger, Mike Shipman, Steve Hough, Dave Berry, Chip Barche, and others.  With nearly 30 years now in radio
broadcasting, Weiler has served as News Director at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK in Olney/Newton since 1991 and as the stations'
Sports Director since 1998.  It's estimated that he has done the play-by-play for over 1,300 sporting events, mostly in the
Olney and surrounding region, not only for junior high and high school, but also for junior college sports at Olney Central College. 
Weiler joins a host of other Clay County men that have been inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame, which includes :
Players Curtis Leib (2011), Jim Locum (2011), Tim Locum (2011), Bob Colburn (1995,) and Elmo Hilderbrand (1994) :
Media Lindell "Smitty" Smith (2009) and Jack Thatcher (1999) : Coaches Larry McGrew (2007) and Tom Welch (1997) :
Friends of Basketball Bill Wiley (1999) and Cecil Jones (1990) : Official Phil Mann (inaugural year 1973).  Weiler also joins only
a handful of other downstate area broadcasters that are now in the IBCA Hall of Fame : Scott Allen (Mt. Carmel / 2009),
Wyatt Drake (Harrisburg / 2005), Bill Hawley (Salem / 2001), Stan David (Fairfield / 2000), Jerry Tye (Robinson / 1994),
and Larry Wilson (Effingham / 1991).