Blind Broadcaster Sees Game Through Others

Published 08/26 2014 11:22PM

Updated 08/26 2014 11:45PM

WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill - Bryce Weiler loves to broadcast sporting events.

But he's never seen a game in his life. He was born blind.

Yet the University of Evansville product has called soccer, basketball and baseball games from radio booths across the Midwest.

"I would study the team rosters, click on each player and memorize stats by brailing some out on my brailer, then reading them until I committed them to memory in my head," said Bryce Weiler.

Weiler joined 12-year veteran broadcaster Nathan Baliva in the Peoria Chiefs booth at Dozer Park.

"I enjoy being able to give back to individuals who might be listening on the radio because that is how I still listen to games," said Weiler.

He's developed friendships with Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, who gave him a 2013 NCAA championship ring.

Now he's a grad school student at Western Illinois University working on a sports management degree. 

"I enjoy being around student-athletes, coaches and encouraging students to come out to the games," said Weiler. "I enjoyed all the coaches who have given my access to their teams and programs."

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