Inductees Retired Journal Star sports editor Paul King joins in the Hall of Fame two of the men under whom he worked during a 46-year newspaper career, Fred Tuerk and Kenny Jones.
A graduate of Manual High School and Bradley University, King was 17 years old and still a high school senior when he covered his first game in the fall of 1946. He would be named assistant sports editor in 1957 and was promoted to sports editor in 1966, a position he held until retiring in March of 1991.
"Through the cooperation of our managing editors," said King, who enjoyed writing about all athletic events, with special emphasis on football and motor sports, "we changed our coverage focus - adding the Bears, Notre Dame, University of Illinois basketball, Illini football road games and spring training coverage of the Cardinals, Cubs, and White Sox."
Among King's favored memories in sports are the 1964 Rose Bowl, where coach Pete Elliott took the Illini after a 2-7 record the previous year, and the 1983 University of Illinois team that defeated every other school in the Big Ten Conference, the first and probably last football team to do so.
Already a member of the Bradley and Illinois High School Basketball Coaches Association Halls of Fame, King enjoyed covering football "because of the pageantry and color, even during losing seasons" and motorsports because of the combination of danger and speed.
Retired Journal Star sports editor Paul King joins in the Hall of Fame two of the men under whom he worked during a 46-year newspaper career, Fred Tuerk and Kenny Jones.
A 1974 Bradley University graduate and longtime financial consultant for MassMutual Financial Group, Paul Herzog has served as the public address "Voice of the Braves" for nearly 600 Bradley men's basketball games for the past 39 seasons, including every game the Braves have played at Carver Arena and Renaissance Coliseum. In addition to his volunteer service for Bradley, Herzog has served as the volunteer public address announcer for every game the Peoria Civic Center has hosted in the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament during its 20-year run in the River City.
While "PA" Paul is well-known for his role with Bradley Basketball and the IHSA, his community service extends far beyond Carver Arena. A Braves Club Board of Directors member for 20 years and a past president (1992-94) of the organization, Herzog also served as president of the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (1983-85) and the Bradley University National Alumni Association (1990-91). He also has began emceeing the IHSA State Cross Country Championships awards ceremony in 1996.
Closer to his home in Germantown Hills, Herzog has coached in youth baseball and basketball house leagues and from 2006-13 he was a member of the Germantown Hills Athletic Association Board of Directors. He served as a committe co-chair in the effort to acquire land for the expansion of youth sports in Germantown Hills, which led to the addition of 20 acres to school district property. Herzog also brought a little of the Bradley Basketball experience to the Germantown Hills Grade School Boys Basketball program by serving as the public address announcer from 2008-12.
Herzog is the recipient of numerous service awards, including the Bradley Varsity Club Billy Stone Service Award, the Bradley University Lydia Moss Bradley Award, the IHSA March Madness Volunteer of the Year and the IHSA Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.