© 2023 All Rights reserved WUSF
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Rays announcer Dave Wills, 58, passes away

Dave Wills, left, with Andy Freed in the broadcast booth
Alison Lighthall Miller
Dave Wills, left, broadcasts a spring training game against the New York Yankees with Andy Freed on March 4, 2023 in Tampa.

The Chicago native had been a fixture on the team's airwaves since 2005.

Tampa Bay Rays radio announcer Dave Wills passed away Sunday morning of undisclosed causes.

Wills, 58, was the team's broadcaster for the past 18 seasons. He joined the team's radio broadcast unit in 2005, pairing with play-by-play announcer Andy Freed.

“Dave was an outstanding broadcaster, a great friend and an even better person," said Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg. "He had a remarkable talent for bringing the game to life for our fans and was a vital part of the Rays family.  We will miss him dearly and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time."

Wills was hospitalized in September due to a heart issue that caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season.

He returned for the playoffs, and most recently called Saturday's spring training game against the New York Yankees in Tampa.

Wills is survived by his wife, Liz, and two children —his son, Alex, and daughter, Michelle.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.