Sunday Evenings 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Hosts: Bill Wilhelm, Brendan Connelly
The Sports Exchange highlights student-athletes from around the South Shore on their accomplishments, both athletically and scholastically.
Bill Wilhelm was born in Uniontown, PA and grew up in Southern New Jersey. He graduated from Kent State in Ohio in 1968 and after a brief stint as an infielder with the US team in the Global Baseball League, he came to Duxbury and in 1969 entered the life insurance business.
When WATD-fm was formed in 1977 he joined the staff as the Sports Director, and has remained in that position ever since. As such his focus has been on local amateur and high school athletes. Beside deciding what games are to be broadcast, he also does the morning “drive time” sports every day but Sunday. Additionally, he does play-by-play of high school football, basketball and soccer.
In addition to focusing on area student athletes, he covers all of the local major league franchises (and minor, the PawSox) including Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, Revolution, and Breakers (the Boston team in the new WUSA). On Sunday evenings he gives local high school athlete standouts their due by interviewing them either in studio or over the phone.
Bill has interviewed many famous sports figures over the years beginning with Red Auerbach and John Havlicek back in the first days of the radio station, continuing with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova during the Virginia Slims tour. There were legendary broadcasters, Mel Allen, Ned Martin, Curt Gowdy and Sean McDonough among others. And, of course, there was Larry Bird, Kevin McHale (who dropped in during a show one Sunday) and Robert Parrish.
Most recently he had the opportunity to interview some of the legends of baseball including Bob Feller, Brooks Robinson, Tug McGraw, Bill Lee and Bert Campaneris, as well as the current crop of Red Sox players.