Andy MacWilliams will debut on Ask the AD tomorrow on GoXavier.com.
Sep 3, 2013
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University Athletics announced today that popular long-time broadcaster Andy MacWilliams will be joining the communications staff as the GoXavier.com Xavier Insider. MacWilliams will contribute a blog during the basketball season and will begin this week as the host of the new Ask the AD segment with Xavier Athletic Director Greg Christopher, which is posted every first Wednesday of the month on GoXavier.com.
"We are excited to have Andy Mac join us to enhance our fan experience at GoXavier.com," said Xavier Associate Athletic Director for Communications Tom Eiser. "I have known Andy for over 30 years. Andy is one of the icons you speak about who have had a positive effect on Xavier Athletics, especially men's basketball. We are thrilled to have him join us and look forward to speaking with him about other ways we can get him involved in enhancing the fan experience."
"Getting a chance to be even more involved in the program is very exciting for me," said MacWilliams.
"I have been a big fan of the program since I started doing television and radio broadcasts for Xavier men's basketball 30 years ago. After I completed my 14 years as the play-by-play voice on radio in the late 90s, I have continued to look for ways to stay connected. I've been a season ticket holder and contributor to a number of Xavier-focused media, including the X-Press and more recently a blog on musketeermadness.com. I enjoy being a part of the program and being around the players, coaches, fans and everyone associated with the program. I try to stay positive. I am a fan and I'm always a glass half full kind of guy instead of half empty."
MacWilliams, a 64-year-old native of Albany, N.Y., is a product of Williams College and is among the long list of broadcasters and journalists from Syracuse University. MacWilliams has an impressive broadcasting resume that began with pro hockey in the 70s: Syracuse Blazers of the EHL (1972-73), Jacksonville Barons of the AHL (1973-74), the Syracuse Eagles of the AHL (1974-75), the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA (1975-78), the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL (1978-80) and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL (1994-96). For his many contributions to hockey in the tri-state area, he has been elected to the Cincinnati Hockey Hall of Fame.
In addition to pro hockey in Cincinnati, MacWilliams spent time on the broadcasts for the two other pro teams in town, including as a Bengals football analyst on WLW Radio (1982-83) and a Reds baseball announcer on WLW Radio (1987) in addition to several seasons of Reds Spring Training games.
MacWilliams, the sports director at 700 WLW from 1980-97, jumped into the collegiate sports world as the play-by-play voice of University of Cincinnati football and basketball from 1980-82. MacWilliams began his association with Xavier men's basketball in 1983, doing the TV play-by-play on WXIX-TV 19 from 1983-1987. MacWilliams broadcast Xavier Basketball on WLW radio from 1984-1997. Since then he has been a writer for X-Press (a former Xavier Basketball Weekly from 1997-2001) and a columnist for the Musketeermadness web site from 2001-13.
MacWilliams has a full-time position as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley. MacWilliams and his wife, Janet, have been married 37 years. He proudly boasts about his three children: "Bryan (36) is a 2000 Xavier grad and an Emergency Room Doctor at a hospital in Seattle, our daughter Abagail (33) is the manager of Lulu Lemon Store in Hyde Park and Sean (30) is a cost accountant at Bristol Myers Squibb in West Chester. I am a proud long-time resident of Western Hills and a proud long-time Xavier fan."