Finding a school that appealed to his interest in sports broadcasting made the decision to attend North Central an easy one for Lucas. “It was a no-brainer. And the greatest thing about the College’s station WONC-FM 89.1 is that you can be on air by your second day of classes—as a freshman.”
In addition to DJ duties, Lucas jumped into doing sports play-by-play and color announcing. He was co-winner of a first-place national award for Best Sports Play-by-Play for adding color to a broadcast of a quarterfinals football playoff game and was named Outstanding Major in Broadcast Communication by North Central.
Lucas completed an internship at WGN-AM 720 in Chicago, and during his senior year was WONC’s station manager, overseeing a 70-member staff. At graduation, Lucas joined WROK-AM 1440 in Rockford, IL, and during the summer he was the public address announcer for the minor-league Kane County Chaos football team.