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Jason Wilde

The ESPNWisconsin.com Packers Beat Writer provides daily reports for Homer and The D-List from Green Bay all year long. Jason, a Milwaukee native, is a two-time Associated Press Sports Editors Writer of the Year Award winner. Jason brings information and stories to the table that is not typical to your everyday Packers beat reporter.  

 

College?
University of Wisconsin-Madison      

Hometown?
Milwaukee, WI

Favorite sport? Why?
College basketball/football, because I don’t cover it for a living.

Favorite team?
Universityof OregonDucks

Favorite athlete?
Robin Yount

Most memorable sports moment?
The Brewers in the 1982 World Series, UW men’s basketball team in the 2000 Final Four.

Favorite thing about sports?
The real-life lessons they teach.

If you could change one thing/rule about any league, what would you change?
Require more media access.

If you could live the life of one pro athlete for a day, whose life would you choose?
No one – I love my own life too much to give up a day.

Years in broadcast?
I prefer to think of years in journalism, which would be 17.

First job? First job in the business?
Stringing for the Capital Times, Milwaukee Journal and Badger Plus magazine while a student at UW.

First, or best, childhood sports memory?
Watching the 1980 U.S. hockey team beat the Russians at Lake Placid.

Favorite non-sport related activity?
Being with my wife and daughter.

Favorite Wisconsin spot?
The Pfister Hotel, where Paula and I got married.

Nickname? Origin of nickname?
I was “J.J.” growing up and “J-Dub” from assorted players in the Packers’ locker room over the years. I also get “Jay” a lot, too, although I don’t like it. Most people just go with “Wilde.” I prefer “Jason.”

Advice to listeners?
Hold yourself to a higher standard – there’s nothing I enjoy more than a well-reasoned, thought-out email or call to elevate the debate about a topic. 

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