Brian Barnhart

Class of 1982

Mr. Brian Barnhart graduated from Unity High School in 1982 and earned his bachelors degree in radio/television broadcasting from Liberty University in 1986.  He began his broadcasting career as an undergraduate in 1984, serving as play-by-play announcer for Liberty basketball.  In 1986, Barnhart began his professional broadcasting career, serving as the play-by-play voice of the Lynchburg Mets and Salem Buccaneers before moving up to the Oklahoma City 89ers, the Class AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, from 1988-1994. Mr. Barnhart did high school football and other sport play-by-play for 11 years and was  the voice for Oklahoma Baptist basketball from 1992-1994 and Oklahoma City Blazers minor league hockey in 1993. From 1996-1998, he did news, sports and play-by-play at WWLS in Oklahoma City.  Brian served as a professional broadcaster and the play-by-play voice for the Anaheim Angels before taking the position of news and sports announcer at WDWS-AM 1400 where he did play-by-play work in football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball on the Illini Sports Network.  Mr. Barnhart has worked more than 2,000 sporting events during his 17-year career.  In 2002, Mr. Barnhart was named the Illinois football and basketball play-by-play announcer.  Mr. Barnhart is honored to carry on the long standing tradition of Illini sports and describes the opportunity as “the highlight of my career:  Mr. Barnhart resides in Champaign with his wife, Jennifer, and children Lauren and Michelle.