"The opportunity to cover great local and
professional sports in a market who cares so strongly about its teams is a
true honor and privilege," says Andrew Wilder. "The intensity and excitement of Big Ten competition
is second to none and the commitment the community takes in following it is
Wilder feels one of
the strongest attractions of the Champaign-Urbana community and surrounding area
is the passion for their high school teams. "Friday night football makes me feel
like a kid again when the lights come on and hundreds of fans turn out to root
on their children, friends, or community members. I'm truly blessed to have a
job where I can watch, learn, discuss, and inform the public on my favorite
Andrew Wilder's hails from Bourbonnais, IL (home of the Chicago Bears training camp) where he played baseball and was the captain of the varsity soccer team at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.
Wilder went on to receive a B.A. in Communication Studies, Electronic Media Production from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. While at EIU, he worked at the local PBS affiliate, WEIU-TV, for four years and covered local sports on-air for 2 1/2 years.
free time, Wilder loves playing sports like soccer (which he's played since the age of 5), tennis, raquet ball, and
basketball. He also enjoys games like horse shoes, bags, billiards, and disc golf, and
staying in shape. When he can, Wilder likes watching and attending any and all sporting events and loves listening to
and seeing live music.