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Dave Wills (sportscaster)

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. He signed a contract extension in February 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays Radio Network through the 2014 season, and continues to be the Rays' announcer in 2015.[1]

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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