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Illinois enjoys extensive coverage by the media, both print and electronic. The Big Ten Conference boasts one of the best television packages in college football, especially with the creation of the Big Ten Network. Every conference game, and the vast majority of non-conference games, that each Big Ten team plays is broadcast nationally through such partners as ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and the Big Ten Network. Click here to check out the Big Ten football television schedule.

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Fighting Illini Insider

Illini Productions will produce approximately 30 weekly 30-minute shows covering primarily football in the fall, men's and women's basketball starting in early December, and spring sports through the end of May. Illinois radio voice Brian Barnhart will host the majority of the fall shows, which will include game highlights, in-studio interviews with Illini head coaches, special features and Olympic sports reviews in a 30-minute magazine style format. Many individual segments will be archived at

Check your local listing for 2014-15 air dates and times.

Fighting Illini Sports Network

The 45-station Fighting Illini Sports Network brings Illinois football to fans across the state and Midwest. The statewide Fighting Illini Sports Network is managed by Fighting Illini Sports Properties and encompasses all sponsorship and operational elements. Illini Sports Network programming includes hour-long pregame and postgame shows around live football and men's basketball games, plus coverage of women's basketball, volleyball and baseball.

2014-15 Fighting Illini Sports Network - Radio Station List
Aledo WRMJ-FM 102.3
Alton WBGZ-AM 1570
Canton WBYS-AM 1560
Carlyle WCXO-FM 96.7
Champaign WDWS-AM 1400
Champaign WHMS-FM 97.5
Chicago WSCR-AM 670
Danville WDAN-AM 1490
Danville WDNL-FM 102.1
Davenport, IowaWFXN-AM 1230
Decatur WSOY-AM 1340
Du Quoin WDQN-AM 1580
Dwight/Pontiac WJEZ-FM 98.9
Effingham WCRC-FM 95.7
Fairfield WFIW-AM 1390
Galesburg WGIL-AM 1400
Jacksonville WJIL-AM 1550
Jacksonville WJIL-FM 102.9
Jerseyville WJBM-AM 1480
Kewanee WYEC-FM 93.9
Kewanee WKEI-AM 1450
Litchfield WSMI-FM 106.1
Macomb WKXQ-FM 92.5
Mt. Carmel WSJD-FM 100.5
Murphysboro WINI-AM 1420
Olney WSEI-FM 92.9
Paxton WPXN-FM 104.9
Peoria WZPN-FM 96.5
Pittsfield WBBA-FM 97.5
Quincy WTAD-AM 930
Quincy WQCY-FM 103.9
Robinson WTAY-AM 1570
Robinson WTYE-FM 101.7
Rockford WROK-AM 1440
Salem WJBD-FM 100.1
Salem WJBD-AM 1350
Sparta WHCO-AM 1230
St. Louis WXOS-FM 101.1 (FB)
St. Louis WQQX-AM 1490 (MBB)
SpringfieldWFMB-AM 1450
Springfield WFMB-FM 107.1
Springfield WCVS-FM 96.7
Taylorville WTIM-AM 870
Taylorville WTIM-FM 96.3
Taylorville WMKR 94.3 HD-3
Watseka WGFA-FM 94.1

Football Coach Radio Show

The Tim Beckman radio show airs Tuesday evenings on the Fighting Illini Radio Network from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The live show originates from Buffalo Wild Wings in Savoy and is hosted by Brian Barnhart, the play-by-play voice of Fighting Illini football. The Tim Beckman radio show is also available through Illini All-Access on the official Fighting Illini Athletics website.

Men's Basketball Coach Radio Show

The John Groce radio show is a weekly call-in radio show aired statewide on the Fighting Illini Sports Network and locally on WDWS-AM 1400, the flagship station for the network. The show is hosted by Illini play-by-play announcer Brian Barnhart and is broadcast live from Buffalo Wild Wings each Monday from 7-8 p.m. starting Dec. 15 and running through March 9. A complete schedule of the show is listed in the weekly game notes update. The John Groce radio show is also available through Illini All-Access on the official Fighting Illini Athletics website.

Fighting Illini Radio Network Talent

The 43-station statewide Fighting Illini Radio Network is managed by Fighting Illini Sports Properties and encompasses all sponsorship and operational elements. ISN programming includes Illinois football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball and baseball, along with the "Illini Today" series.

Brian Barnhart


Football and men's basketball play-by-play

Barnhart is in his 12th season as the "Voice of the Illini" in 2013-14 after a long stint in professional baseball, including two years as the play-by-play voice of the Anaheim Angels. Barnhart serves as the voice of the Fighting Illini Radio Network, providing play-by-play coverage of football and men's basketball, and as the host of the statewide coaches show call-in programs.

A native of nearby Tolono, Barnhart graduated Liberty University before beginning a 15-year career in professional baseball in 1986. In 1998, Barnhart was named the play-by-play announcer for the Angels and spent two full seasons with the American League club before returning to the Champaign-Urbana area in 2000. He currently is a news and sports announcer at WDWS-AM 1400 in Champaign. During the 2007 season, Barnhart was honored by the Illinois Broadcasters Association with the "Silver Dome Award for Best Sports Play-by-Play" for his call of Illinois' football upset of No. 1 Ohio State. In 2008, Barnhart was named "Sportscaster of the Year" in the state of Illinois by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Jerry Hester


Men's basketball color analyst

Jerry Hester is now in his ninth season in 2013-14 serving as the expert analyst on Fighting Illini Radio Network men's basketball broadcasts. Hester started at Illinois from 1994-98 and was a key member of the UI's 1998 Big Ten Championship team. Following graduation, he played professionally in Poland, England and Italy. Hester is currently a financial advisor with The Downey Group.

Steve Kelly


Football pregame, halftime and postgame

Along with Barnhart and Kittner on the broadcast again this fall is Kelly, a veteran Illini sportscaster who handles pregame, halftime and postgame host duties. Kelly has covered Illini athletics for over two decades on television and radio. He hosts the popular "Sports Talk" show on WDWS-AM 1400 in Champaign and also hosts "Gameday" extended coverage of Illini athletics on WDWS and Lite Rock 97.5.

Dave Loane


Women's basketball, volleyball and baseball play-by-play

Dave Loane is in his 25th season as the play-by-play voice for Fighting Illini women's basketball, volleyball and baseball in 2013-14. Loane is the sports director at NewsTalk 1400 WDWS-AM in Champaign-Urbana, where he anchors the daily morning show sportscasts and produces the daily feature "Illini Today," which airs on the Fighting Illini Radio Network statewide. He also serves as the host of the Fighting Illini Insider show in the spring. In 2005, Loane was named the winner of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Mel Greenberg Media Award for displaying a commitment to Women's basketball and to advancing the role of the media in the women's game.

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