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 D1, D2, JUCO, NAIA, and high school.
Hired 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 play by play announcer, while also contributing as a fill-in for Kansas State University & Learfield Sports. I’m also the play by play talent for ESPN3’s coverage of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
In 2015, I worked with the league commissioner to spearhead the launch of the KCAC Network, a syndicated sports 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 play by play announcer for Bethany College, and am entering my ninth year as “Voice of the Swedes”.
I’m very fortunate to have won multiple awards and honors. In 2017, I won 1st Place best play by play from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. A first place winner in 2016, 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 (6), and son Layton (2 months).