Season Two, Episode Three: Tracie Hitz

Ask yourself:  What do Marketing, Sports, Social Media, and Athletic Administration have in common with Dating? We weren’t sure of the answer until we met up with Tracie Hitz. 1993 Peoria Notre Dame High School graduate, Tracie Hitz, did not… Continue Reading

Season Two, Episode Two: Scott Spiezio

Season Two, Episode Two: Scott Spiezio
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[photo, Barbara Moore, May 24, 2007; CC generic 2.0 license] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio:  January 12 & 13, 2019 . Athletes face the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat with each competition.  Today we look… Continue Reading

Season Two, Episode 1: Carla McGhee

Season Two, Episode 1: Carla McGhee
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[Photo, courtesy University of South Carolina] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: January 5 & 6, 2019. This is a story about a dedicated athlete redeeming greatness despite injuries. In 1986, High School All-American Carla McGhee led Peoria Manual… Continue Reading

Episode 18: Royce Elliott

Episode 18: Royce Elliott
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[Photo of Elliott, provided by family] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: May 5 & 6, November 10 & 11, and December 29 & 30, 2018. This story details the athletic facets of a life not usually associated with baseball… Continue Reading

Episode 23: Marcus Pollard

Episode 23: Marcus Pollard
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Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: June 16 & 17 and December 15 and 16, 2018 Sports fans appreciate multifaceted players. The rookie exploits of Japanese import Shohei Ohtani thrill American baseball fans looking back to Babe Ruth as… Continue Reading

Episode 22: Mickey Schallau

Episode 22: Mickey Schallau
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8[Photo: Sierra Doss] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: June 2 & 3 and December 8 & 9, 2018 Jugglers use balance to do many things at once. This story shows that sports leaders often concentrate on many things. From… Continue Reading

Episode 21: Caitlin Comfort

Episode 21: Caitlin Comfort
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[Photo: provided] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: May 26 & 27 and December 1 & 2, 2018. This story illustrates that obvious athletic achievements often mask subtle influences. While at Peoria Notre Dame High School, Caitlin Comfort won the… Continue Reading

Episode 20: Jim Thome

Episode 20: Jim Thome
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[Photo illustration: Ed Lamoureux, from Wikimedia Commons] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: May 19 & 20 and November 22 & 23, 2018. Three players from the 1989 Major League Baseball draft are now in the Hall of Fame. Frank… Continue Reading

Episode 19: Hoss Radbourn

Episode 19: Hoss Radbourn
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[Photo illustration: Ed Lamoureux, from Wikimedia Commons] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: May 12 & 13 and November 17 & 18 2018. This is the story of two Major League Baseball records that will never be broken and… Continue Reading

Episode 17: Shaun Livingston

Episode 17: Shaun Livingston
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[Photo, NBA.com] Original Run Date on WCBU/Peoria Public Radio: April 28 & 29 and November 3 & 4, 2018. This story illustrates the challenges of tough decisions in athletic careers. It is hard to imagine choosing not to play basketball… Continue Reading