Bill Waliewski will serve two roles this season with the Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League): Besides serving as team president, he’s be the color analyst on WJOL game broadcasts, joining Mark Vasko in the broadcast booth.
We can’t remember a situation where a team president served double duty as a broadcaster, but the Slammers are already turning out to be a franchise that doesn’t play by all the rules. Waliewski is a former collegiate and semi-pro player.
“It may be unconventional to have the president as one of the broadcasters of the team, but I am sure that is not the last time we will do something unconventional as an organization,” Waliewski said. “Slammers owner Al Oremus has told me that I missed my calling and should have gone into broadcasting, and I have always had a passion for radio.”
He’ll join Vasko, a long-time Chicago broadcaster and the former Voice of the Joliet Jackhammers, and team media-relations coordinator Aaron Morse on game action. Vasko will bring fans the play-by-play action, while Morse will handle the pre- and post-game shows and fill in on play-by-play when needed.
“I’m excited about getting the chance to come back to Joliet,” Vasko said. “I love what the Slammers have done so far, bringing back so many local names, and I feel like we’re in for a special year.”
Vasko also spent time broadcasting for the Kane County Cougars (Low Class A: Midwest League) and has experience in the Frontier League with the Cook County Cheetahs (now known as the Windy City Thunderbolts).
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