Railer basketball coverage is coming
like you have never seen before
A special report from WLCN's voice of the
Railers and LDN special correspondent, Jeff Benjamin
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[November 21, 2008]
Your Internet home for Lincoln Railer
basketball coverage has now gotten a little bit cozier. Along with
being able to listen to the live broadcast from WLCN-FM 96.3 here at
lincolndailynews.com, as well as relive this season's games through
the archives, I will be updating you here on lincolndailynews.com on
each game with information, stats and other notes to enhance your
Lincoln Railer experience.
This is Jeff Benjamin and, for the eighth consecutive season, I
am privileged to be the play-by-play voice of Lincoln Railer
basketball on WLCN-FM 96.3. Along with my partner, Tom Larey, we
will bring you live coverage of the Railers, starting with the
Thanksgiving tournament and ending, hopefully, with another trip to
Peoria and the state tournament. We are certainly expecting an
exciting year from the Railers and look for them to get back on
track after a 13-17 record in 2007-2008. Did you know the 17 losses
last year were more than the total losses from the three previous
seasons: 16 (five, eight and three)?
We hope you listen to the game on WLCN 96.3, either on your radio or
here at lincolndailynews.com. If you know any Railer fans who might
be out of the radio coverage area, let them know they can keep up
with the Railers right here. Plus, the entire season will be kept in
the archives, so all you Railer fans can listen to a game you
missed, or every game, whenever you want just by clicking on the
Railer basketball page. I'm willing to bet there will be more than
one game that will be worth listening to more than once.
the highlights of covering the Railers has been getting notes and
e-mails from those listening from overseas while serving our
country. It is humbling to know that while our servicemen and women
are performing their duties, they are taking time to keep up with
their hometown high school basketball team. It is also an honor to
bring the game to those who are no longer able to physically attend
the game, but their hearts and souls are there at Roy S. Anderson
Gymnasium with all other Railer fans. It is also a pleasure when
fans come up to us, at home and on the road, and let us know they
enjoy our broadcasts.
When I was asked if I would be willing to provide coverage of the
Railers for lincolndailynews.com, I was also asked if I would tell a
little about myself. Anyone who knows me knows that I am one of my
least favorite subjects. However, for those who don't know the
person who will be following the Railers, here goes. As I said, I've
been the voice of the Railers on radio for the past seven seasons. I
am a graduate of Millikin University (1989), better known as the
Harvard of the Midwest. (At least that what I tell my broadcast
partner, Tom. He is a grad of Illinois Wesleyan, and anyone who is
an alum from either school knows the rivalry between the Big Blue
and the Green Weenies -- sorry, I mean Titans.) I worked full-time
at WLCN from the beginning in 2001 and left in 2006. However, my
boss there, Jim Ash, has been gracious enough to keep me and Tom
around to bring you Railer basketball. I try to bring up interesting
stats and information.
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If you enjoy puns, Tom and I sometimes go a little overboard on the
broadcast, but if we can't have fun, then you won't enjoy the
broadcast. One central point is that Tom and I are not the show, the
team is. We know you are tuning in to hear about the Railers.
and I certainly have had our share of interesting trips going to and
from Railer games. I will say fans will get an interesting
perspective of the game by listening to our broadcast since Tom is a
former basketball official. He looks at the game through his
striped-shirt eyes and really gives a good view of the game. In
fact, it seems that every game we do, I learn a little bit more
about the game.
I could go on, but I'll save that for talking and writing about
the 2008-2009 Lincoln Railers. I hope you tune in here at
lincolndailynews.com to hear the live simulcast from WLCN 96.3. If
you enjoy the game or missed it, I understand the games will be
archived, allowing you to listen over and over. We try to be fair in
our broadcast, but let there be no doubt, we are rooting for the
Lincoln Railers all the way.
WLCN-FM 96.3 and lincolndailynews.com will try to bring you the
coverage you want of Lincoln Railer basketball. If you have any
suggestions before the season, or any reviews or feedback during the
season, please let us know. It is important we bring you the
coverage the way you would like it.
So, for now, I'll sign off. The first game is Monday, Nov. 24.
Talk to you then!
[By JEFF BENJAMIN]
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