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JALC’s Dreith Gets to Scratch His Radio Itch By Helping to Broadcast Vols’ Hoop Game

JALC President, Dr. Mike Dreith (middle), returned to his radio roots Saturday afternoon by serving as color commentator of the Lady Vols basketball game. Here, he is pictured with Broadcast Network Coordinator, Tom Ferris (left), who doubles as men’s golf coach at Logan, and veteran broadcaster Roger Medlen. (Logan Media Services photo)

JALC President, Dr. Mike Dreith (middle), returned to his radio roots Saturday afternoon by serving as color commentator of the Lady Vols basketball game. Here, he is pictured with Broadcast Network Coordinator, Tom Ferris (left), who doubles as men’s golf coach at Logan, and veteran broadcaster Roger Medlen. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – When John A. Logan College president, Dr. Mike Dreith, pulled on his headset and settled behind the microphone to help broadcast last Saturday’s women’s basketball game between Mineral Area College and the Volunteers, it shouldn’t have raised too many eyebrows.

After all, Dreith has a passion for radio, having earned a degree in radio broadcasting from Lewis & Clark College and having served as news director for WFIW Radio in Fairfield; WMAY in Springfield; and KEZK and WRTH in St. Louis before turning his full attention to education as a vocation.

“I enjoyed the experience,” he said of Saturday’s game. “It reminded me of my early career as a play-by-play broadcaster. Radio is my favorite medium. The broadcaster has the ability to paint a picture with words and I became captivated in my youth listening to Cardinals games with Jack Buck, Harry Caray, and later the genius of Bob Costas. It’s always good to revisit your roots and I got that chance by doing this game. It is the most fun I’ve had in a long time.”

A Bethalto native, Dreith is an ardent sports fan, attending most all Logan home games and even some road games. He is also a fixture at SIU football and basketball games and a huge fan of Kansas Jayhawks basketball.

Tom Ferris, the men’s golf coach at Logan, is also the college’s radio network coordinator. He said he was “honored” to have Dreith serve as a special guest color commentator.

“This marks the first time a president of this college has been a part of a Logan broadcast,” Ferris said. “Dr. Dreith’s insight and knowledge of basketball, as well as his interest in Logan athletics, is appreciated. We thank him for taking his valuable time to sit in with us and welcome him back anytime. There will always be an open chair for him during our broadcasts of each and every game.”