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From the blog: DWS sports broadcasts of yesteryear

I'm a lover of all things radio history, so I love finding down time at the DWS radio center to peruse all the vintage artifacts.  Pictures, newspaper clippings, old name it, it's there.  Recently I scoured the archives to find a glimpse in to how the games were broadcast eons ago.

Take a look here.

Sunday Special: AAU basketball a necessary step

Marcus Liberty remembers how the process used to go.

As the top-ranked high school basketball player in the country in 1986, Liberty had a decision to make. All the household coaching names in college hoops were vying for his services.

Jim Boeheim. Bob Knight. Lou Henson.

Best of Fred: Final memory — What's in a name?

From the moment editor Jim Rossow first mentioned the idea of weekly memories during my final year on the sports staff, I knew the last one would be a no-brainer.

This is the last one.

For a few fleeting seconds, I actually gave thought to posting memories in a sequential order of significance. That was an impossible task.

Top of the morning, Aug. 2, 2015

Anthony Zilis spent his freshman year at the University of Illinois rooting on Ron Zook's Rose Bowl team.

"I was spoiled at that point," he said. "I thought the next year they'd win the national championship."

Best of Fred: No. 1 — Another kind of writing

I always thought I’d write a book or two. The feeling was based on the naivety of youthfulness.

Sages legend Bob Miller nears milestone


The countdown began about a year ago, when Bob Miller drew the first black “X” through Aug. 1 on the calendar that stretches across the kitchen wall of the two-story Monticello home he and his wife bought 77 years ago. In 10 days, the “X’s” will engulf the large red dot between Aug. 10 and 11.

Bob Miller's countdown to 100

Bob Miller, the patriarch of Monticello sports, turns 100 on August 11th. The former all-state basketball player, dairy owner, and superfan attended around 4,000 Illinois and Monticello games with his wife, Dorothy.

MJ's Minute July 22: The amazing rise of Tim Finke

Beat writer Marcus Jackson: With a handful of Division I offers, including one from Illinois, it’s clear that Champaign sophomore Tim Finke is the most sought-after basketball player in C-U history.

Hoops freshmen making quick impression

Hear more about the newcomers from Illini hoopster Malcolm Hill Saturday at 10 on WDWS.

Aside from injury setbacks, Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce has been pleased with the progress of his freshman class of Jalen Coleman-Lands, Aaron Jordan and D.J. Williams.

Rantoul boys' hoops has something to build on

RANTOUL — Brett Frerichs isn’t a stranger to high expectations before a basketball season tips off.

The Rantoul boys’ basketball coach — about to start his second stint with the Eagles after compiling a 45-40 record from 2010 to 2013 and guiding the Eagles to the program’s only regional title in the last 25 years — experienced the feeling four years ago.