News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Given to Fly

February 6, 2007

Given to Fly: Bringing a different slant to radio broadcasts

A former NFL player filling the role as color commentator for a college women’s basketball team is unusual, but a Terre Haute native is a perfect fit.

Ernie Thompson, a standout football player at Terre Haute North High School and Indiana University, is new to the broadcast waves and he’s loving every minute of it.

Thompson played in 20 NFL games — four during the 1991 season for the Los Angeles Rams and 16 with the Kansas City Chiefs two seasons later. Thompson made a 12-yard touchdown reception for the Rams in 1991.

Thompson has developed his knowledge of the Sycamores’ women’s team since Melanie Boeglin and Kristen Weddle began playing. Thompson, who also has been employed at Gold’s Gym in the past, began off-season training with the Terre Haute natives and ISU standouts when Boeglin and Weddle were ISU sophomores. He has volunteered his time with the program since, getting to know many of the players during summer workouts in 2006.

Thompson’s radio stint began with ISU’s trip to Pine Bluff, Ark., for a game against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. With the student broadcasters at WISU-FM 89.7 unable to make that road trip and many others throughout the rest of the season, ISU associate director of media relations Ace Hunt took over play-by-play duties on the road.

Hunt asked Thompson to join him and they’ve called every ISU road game since. Thompson heads on the road today with the team to Springfield, Mo., for Thursday’s game at Missouri State and on to Wichita, Kan., to call the Sycamores against the Wichita State Shockers.

“He travels with us, so we might as well put him to work a little bit,” ISU coach Jim Wiedie said with a wink. “Our fans are really happy that Ace is doing the play-by-play and we’ve got good feedback on Ernie. I think that’s really important to us to have someone that knows and understands us.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Given to Fly
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Raw: Earthquake Rocks Mexico's Gulf Coast Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Mother of 2 Makes NFL Cheerleading Squad at 40 Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Fox Dons 'Bondage Strap' Skirt at Comic-Con Today in History for July 29th Raw: Airstrike Shatters Fragile Calm in Gaza Deadly Ebola Virus Threatens West Africa
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010