Dean of Michigan Sports Signs New Contract

After 22 years at WILX-TV and 30 years on-air in mid-Michigan, the Dean of Michigan Sports, Tim Staudt, says he’s “just getting started.”

WILX-TV has announced that Tim Staudt has agreed to a new five year contract, keeping him firmly in place at mid-Michigan’s leading television station.

The most recent Nielsen ratings show WILX-TV in first place in every one of their weekday newscasts.

“Tim Staudt has been an integral part of WILX’s ratings success,” said Michael King, VP/General Manager. “Viewers have come to rely on Tim’s unparalleled level of contacts within the Mid-Michigan sports community and unique sense of humor.”

In addition to his success as the area’s leading sportscaster, Staudt has also been recognized for his many charitable endeavors. Most notable is Staudt’s association with the Children’s Miracle Network.

“Tim is much more than WILX’s sports guy, he has become an ambassador for the station and for mid-Michigan’s kids,” King said.

Staudt’s efforts, including the Tim Staudt Ultimate Golf Outing, have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the organization.

“It’s hard to believe I’ve been at WILX for over 20 years. The television station is in the strongest position it’s ever been in and I’m proud to have been part of that. I have a great deal of respect for the team that I work with every day and am looking forward to our continued growth,” Staudt said.

Staudt began his career at WJIM-TV in 1971 as a sportscaster. In 1980, he moved to WILX-TV where he has remained for 23 years. In addition, Staudt hosts the weekly broadcast of “Staudt On Sports” each Sunday morning on WILX and a daily sports talk show on 730 AM WVFN. He has also hosted countless Big Ten sporting events, hosts four “Staudt Goes Nuts” specials focusing on the Lansing Lugnuts and has his second book set to be released this fall.

In a related announcement, WILX-TV announced that Darrin Rockcole, Chief Meteorologist, has also signed a new agreement. Rockcole co-anchors WILX’s News 10 Today program with Jason Colthorp. The broadcast is the area’s dominant morning news program.

Rockcole has been with WILX-TV for 12 years.

“Darrin has been the foundation for WILX’s success in the morning and has been a key player in establishing WILX as the dominant weather source in mid-Michigan,” said King.

“The success of an organization is greatly dependent upon the caliber it’s people. Tim Staudt and Darrin Rockcole are two individuals that help insure WILX’s success into the future,” King said.