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Wes Strader

Wes Strader

2014


Charles Wesley Strader was the "Voice of the Hilltoppers" from 1964 to 2000 as play-by-play reporter for football and men's basketball teams at Western Kentucky University. He called WKU men's basketball appearances in the 1971 Final Four and 1993 Sweet 16, and the football team's appearances in the 1973 and 1975 national championship games. The unchallenged voice of authority on Hilltopper sports for five decades, he was known for his straight-up game calls that pulled no punches, and for his comprehensive reporting on Bowling Green's WBGN Radio. He has called state high school basketball tournaments for 52 years. After leaving the university-controlled broadcasts, he hosted a syndicated University of Kentucky postgame radio show for eight seasons. In 2008, he rejoined the WKU broadcast team to host shows before football and men's basketball, and a post-game call-in. A UK graduate, he covered the 1960 Democratic National Convention for a Kentucky radio network. Died January 2018.