Dave Wills (sportscaster)

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Dave Wills is an American radio sportscaster who, along with Andy Freed, has served as half of the Tampa Bay Rays play-by-play broadcast team since 2005. Wills and Freed alternate play by play and color commentator duties during Rays broadcasts, usually trading roles every few innings. Wills has signed several contract extensions with the Tampa Bay Rays Radio Network and is currently signed through the 2017 season.[1][2]

Wills is from Chicago and began his broadcasting career working in the Chicago media market, mainly with radio stations WMAQ and WMVP. His first play-by-play position was with the Class-A Kane County Cougars, for whom he was the radio voice from 1991 to 1995. From 1997 to 2004, Wills served as the pre-game and post-game analyst and back-up for John Rooney on the Chicago White Sox radio broadcasts. During the same period, he also co-hosted a daily sports talk radio show, hosted a local cable television sports show, hosted the pre- and post-game radio broadcasts for Notre Dame football and basketball, and did radio play-by-play for University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) basketball.

Prior to his broadcasting career, Wills served as the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Elmhurst College in 1989, and as the interim head baseball coach at the University of Chicago in 1990.


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