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|Bennewitz Returns to Play-By-Play for WGIL
|A familiar voice is set to return for Silver Streaks sports on WGIL.
After a four-year absence, Brad Bennewitz has agree to return as the play-by-play voice for Galesburg High School Football and Boys Basketball games beginning this fall. Bennewitz, who will continue in his full-time teaching position for District-205, brings plenty of experience to the Streaks broadcast booth.
"I was here for 15 years overall, from 1991-2006," Bennewitz said. "My first year, I was not involved; I was just a tag-along for the sports crew. Became involved the next year with color, and then my third year here at the radio station, became play-by-play for football and boys basketball, which was all we did at the time, and we expanded after that."
Looking back at his first experience with GHS sports on WGIL, Bennewitz said the highlight that stands out is an obvious choice.
"It's got to be the State tournament run for both boys and girls [basketball] in 1998," Bennewitz said. "To have both high school teams in the state series involved at the same time was so special. And it's special because it doesn't happen very often. To have them both there that same year, what a thrill."
The 41-year-old University of Kansas graduate departed his broadcasting career in the summer of 2006 to become an instructor at GHS, where he continues to teach American Studies, English, and Journalism courses, and serves as an advisor for the school newspaper. He also spent three years as the head coach for the Silver Streaks Girls Bowling team. Brad and his wife Kelli reside in Galesburg with their eight-year-old daughter Haley, and four-year-old son Mason.
Bennewitz replaces outgoing WGIL play-by-play man Mike Perry, who called GHS games for four seasons before resigning in June to take the position of Sports Information Director at Knox College.
(Now-retired Galesburg Fire Chief John Cratty, left, joined WGIL's Brad Bennewitz on a special "Brad Day" broadcast in 2006 marking the longtime Sports Director/News Anchor's departure from full-time duties at the station to become an English teacher at Galesburg High School. WGIL Sports File Photo.)