Funeral services for Charles Wesley “Wes” Strader, the longtime “Voice of the Hilltoppers,” will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 15 and 16.

All arrangements will be held at Eastwood Baptist Church (500 Eastwood Ave.) in Bowling Green and arrangements have been entrusted to J.C. Kirby and Son. Visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 15 from 2-8 p.m., and funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16. An additional visitation period will also be held Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. until funeral services begin.

The burial will be private.

Strader passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 79. He served as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for Western Kentucky University football and men’s basketball for 36 seasons and was one of the most prominent figures in the commonwealth of Kentucky’s sports broadcasting history.



Kyle Neaves

Associate Athletic Director, Athletic Communications/Media Relations

WKU Athletics