January 28, 2014
CHICAGO – College Sports Weekly's Gene DeLisio will be part of this year's class of inductees for the Wisconsin Basketball Coach's Association Hall of Fame. DeLisio, who has covered the “Small College Beat” for CSW since the program's inception, will enter the Hall as part of the WBCA's annual induction ceremonies in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on September 27th.
DeLisio serves as Sports Director for two Wisconsin radio stations, WDLB-AM in Marshfield and WOSQ-FM in Spencer. He has worked with the stations since 1985 and will join a select group of broadcasters and writers inducted as “friends” of the sport.
DeLisio has honed his craft through the yearly description of over 100 play-by-play events. 49 teams he has covered have advanced to state basketball championship tournaments, with 13 of them winning titles. His play-by-play coverage has long been a fixture for Central Wisconsin listeners.
“I am very honored to receive this recognition from the WBCA”, said DeLisio. “It is very satisfying to know that one can do his best to serve his listeners every day and receive this honor.”
DeLisio will join the ranks of some of the great names associated with basketball in Wisconsin; including coaches Bo Ryan, Hank Raymonds, Rick Majerus, Dick Bennett, Tom Davis, Mike Heidemann and Harold “Bud” Foster, as well as players Jim Chones, Bill Hanzlik, Dale Koehler, Don Kojis, Jon McGlocklin and Kurt Nimphius.
DeLisio has also played a key advisory role in program development for Bill Hazen Productions, including College Sports Weekly and StadiumsUSA Radio. His broadcast insight has proven invaluable in the creation and production of these programs.
“Everyone in our BHP family is excited for Gene,” said Bill Hazen. “Our listeners certainly know he belongs there (in the WBCA Hall of Fame).
“And I think it is so appropriate that Gene be inducted as a 'friend' of the sport,” Hazen continued. “What a fitting tribute, because I can tell you firsthand through many years that Gene is a great friend!”