Former Southeastern Louisiana University communications major and former organizational communication graduate student Allen Waddell gets to live his dream almost each and every day. Waddell has been part of Southeastern athletics media since he was 20 years old. Whether he’s calling Lions football games on the radio, doing play-by-play for Lions basketball games on the Emmy winning Southeastern Channel or hosting the Ron Roberts Coaches Show, Waddell knows that what he is able to do is something special.
“I went to Louisiana College to play baseball and had the chance to participate in a player interview over the radio, and I really enjoyed it.” said Waddell. “When I transferred to Southeastern, I knew that I wanted to pursue a degree in communications and work with the athletic department.” said Waddell.
Waddell has done everything from calling games, interviewing former and current players and coaches, to hosting upcoming season preview shows for Lions athletics. Waddell enjoys his local gig and wants to continue to do local athletics far into the future. “This is my home. I enjoy our athletic program and I love to be a part of promoting and informing people about the Lions and all of their success.” said Waddell.
Former Southeastern baseball coach and current head baseball coach for the St. Thoams Aquinas Falcons, Barrett Morgan, respects his friends’ work and enjoys hearing Waddell on the radio, “I’ve known Allen for a long time, and I always knew he was going to do radio. People don’t know how tough that kind of thing can be. He’s extremely good at what he does and always represents the university very, very well.”
Waddell doesn’t just lend his talents to the college scene, he was currently hired at WWL Radio Sports Network to cover local high school football games and events. “That was a huge deal for me,” said Waddell. “I’ve listened to Deke Bellavia for a long time and always wanted to be affiliated with their show. I’m so proud to be a part of WWL radio.”
Trey Mire, friend of Allen Waddell, is very proud of the past and current success his friend has experienced, “I am really impressed when I hear Al on the radio, said Mire. He seems to know what he’s talking about and the way he conducts his interviews are what impresses me the most. I’m proud of my friend and what he has been able to accomplish.”
Waddell is humbled to be able to do what he loves and knows its no easy task. “The toughest thing is all of the prep work,” said Waddell. “Its a lot of preparation to make sure you know what is currently happening in the world of sports locally and nationally, and what has already happened. I thank God to allow me to get to do what I love and experience all I have experienced since I started this journey,” said Waddell.
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