About Me

My name is James Westling and I’m an award winning sports broadcaster in Salina, Kan., with over a decade of play-by-play experience at various levels, including DI, DII, JUCO, NAIA, and high school.

DSC_0979Hired in 2009, I’m currently part of the management team at Rocking M. Media, the largest locally owned media company in the state of Kansas.  I serve as the lead radio play-by-play announcer, while also contributing as a fill-in for Kansas State University & Learfield IMG College. 

My television play-by-play experience includes work for ESPN+, ESPN3, and FloSports TV. I’ve called games featuring teams from the Big 12, Pac-12, Atlantic 10, Mountain West, and more. I’ve broadcast play-by-play of NCAA DI men’s basketball, DI women’s basketball, DI women’s soccer, DI baseball, and small college football.

In 2015, I worked with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference commissioner to spearhead the launch of the KCAC Network, a syndicated sports play-by-play radio network airing a KCAC “Game of the Week” on eight stations throughout the Sunflower state. The KCAC Network airs in Wichita, Salina, Dodge City, Hays/Great Bend, Colby, and Emporia. It blankets Kansas, while reaching parts of Colorado, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

In addition to my KCAC Network responsibilities, I co-host “In The Zone”, a daily sports talk show on KSAL-AM 1150. I also serve as the lead radio play-by-play announcer for Bethany College, a small liberal arts school in central Kansas.

I’m very fortunate to have won multiple awards and honors, including 1st Place best play-by-play from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters three times (2020, 2017, 2016).  Between 2016-17, I became the first broadcaster to claim the top spot consecutively since 1998-1999.

From 2009-2011, I was the lead host of “The Boneyard”, a daily sports talk show on an ESPN affiliate station, 92.7 The Fan in Salina. In addition to Bethany, I also served as the play by play announcer for Ell Saline High School, and Salina Central.

Prior to my move to Salina, I held the position of Operations Manager for KIUL/KYUL in Garden City, Kan. and provided play-by-play for Garden City Community College during the 2008-09 sports season. 

As an undergraduate, I was the Sports Director for KSDB at Kansas State University from 2007-2008. I also contributed as the “Voice of the Generals” for the Junction City Generals, a semi-professional baseball organization.

I was born and raised in Topeka, Kan. and graduated from Washburn Rural High School. I then graduated from Kansas State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Leadership Studies.

I reside in Salina, with my wife Tia (the real MVP), daughter Breena (7), sons Layton (2), and Micah (<1). 

My hobbies include spending time with my family, lifting weights, playing basketball, reading, working on our home, and catching up on my favorite TV shows.