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Rep. Davis Remembers Terry Todt

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 13:15:17 CDT

Congressman Rodney Davis recently remembered WSMI broadcaster Terry Todt on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. In front of his fellow members of congress, he read the following statement:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember Terry Todt, a friend and beloved community member who passed away on May 23.

Many of us in Central Illinois grew up listening to Terry on the radio. For the past 41 years, he was the man behind the microphone, announcing some of the most memorable events in high school sports.

Terry got his first transistor radio at the age of seven. In 1978, his dream of becoming a broadcaster came true when he was hired by WSMI in Litchfield - the radio station that he had listened to growing up.

For his excellence in sports announcing, he was inducted into the media division of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, along with many other distinctions; but Terry’s love for youth sports went far beyond his broadcasts. For many years he officiated baseball, basketball, and soccer with the local sports association, and he was instrumental in expanding the Raymond Park District to add two athletic fields, including a soccer field that was named in his honor. Last year, he began the T. Todt Shootout, a basketball benefit that raises money for the Montgomery County Cancer Association.

Terry left a lasting legacy that will long be remembered. He was an iconic member of the Raymond community and he will be missed by so many. My prayers are with his wife, Brenda, their children, and grandchildren."

(Video and speech courtesy of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis)


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