Mike Reis named Illinois Sportscaster of the Year

    Jan. 10, 2011

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Voice of the Salukis -- Mike Reis -- has been named the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year, as voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

    Reis is in his 32nd year of doing radio play-by-play for Southern Illinois University football, basketball and baseball. He also hosts weekly call-in shows for men's basketball coach Chris Lowery and football coach Dale Lennon, and produces Saluki Sports Today, a daily feature that airs across the Saluki Radio Network.

    "It's a peer vote of Illinois sportscasters, and the fact they think I'm worthy of this award is very humbling," said Reis, who won his first broadcasting award. "I'm especially thankful to Bradley play-by-play man Dave Snell for nominating me."

    A 1978 SIU Radio-TV graduate, Reis has described many of the greatest moments in the history of Saluki Athletics. Among his highlights are broadcast of SIU's 1983 I-AA National Championship football season, the 2007 I-AA Final Four football campaign and a pair of men's basketball trips the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2007. In all, he has brought to life the accomplishments of nine NCAA Tournament basketball teams, seven Missouri Valley Basketball Conference regular-season championship teams, four Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament Championship teams, games in the 1977 College World Series, and four NCAA Baseball Tournament teams.

    "Mike Reis is an institution in southern Illinois," said SIU's Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. "When it comes to Saluki Athletics, everyone wants to know what Reis thinks. His professionalism, his passion for his job and his knowledge of sports comes through crystal clear in every broadcast."

    Reis began his student sports casting career at WSIU Radio and WSIU-TV in 1975. He became a part-time sportscaster at WCIL Radio in 1976, and moved to full time in 1978.

    The Cincinnati, Ohio-native was inducted into the SIU Athletics Hall of Fame, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the 2007 SIU Alumni Association Achievement Award for Service. He was also the recipient of the 2008 John Sanders Spirit of the Missouri Valley Conference Award and was the SIU College of Communications and Fine Arts Commencement speaker as the College's Alum of the Year.

    The award will be presented to Reis at the NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, N.C., May 14-16.