Matt has been around the sports scene in the Quad Cities for literally his entire life. A proud graduate of Alleman High School and St. Ambrose University, Matt was born and raised right here in the QCA. As a senior in college, he started interning at News 8, and has been here ever since.

Matt’s first beat at News 8 was to cover the Iowa Hawkeyes. Growing up an avid Iowa fan, it was hard for him to see this as “work”. According to Matt, there’s no better place to be on a Saturday than Kinnick Stadium.

Over more than a decade at News 8, Matt has created many of the sports features you enjoy today. From The Score to your Quad City Area Prep Power Poll, Matt loves to see the Quad Cities talking about their sports. He feels he’s in a truly special and unique situation to be able to cover sports in the area where he grew up. Matt knows exactly what it s like to be part of a spirited student section at one of the area’s exciting high school sporting events.

Matt loves talking sports, so if you see him out and about, make sure to stop and say, “Hi!”

Recent Articles
  • Burlington High School requests permission to leave MAC

    Burlington has requested permission to leave he MAC following the 2018-2019 school year.  The Grayhounds have already been accepted to the Southeast Conference.  Burlington has been a member of the MAC since 1978.

  • Happ to test NBA waters

    Former Rockridge standout and Wisconsin junior Ethan Happ will test the NBA draft waters. Happ will not sign an agent leaving open the option on returning to Wisconsin for his senior season.  Happ averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Happ explained the NBA decision to WQAD Sports Director Matt Randazzo.

  • Bandits familiar faces hope to bring similiar success

    Bandits enter 2018 with high expectation.  Quad Cities returns 9 players from last year’s championship team and plenty of young talent.   This year’s roster also includes former Hawkeye slugger Jake Adams.

  • Hoover steps down at Rock Island

    Thad Hoover announced his resignation after 10 seasons at the school.  Hoover had a 217-83 record with the Lady Rock and  7 Western Big 6 titles.   He guided Rock Island to 30 straight conference wins and 4 straight Class 4A Sweet 16 appearances.

  • Dreasler feels at home with Maroons

    Moline’s first new girls soccer coach in 21 years is a familiar face.  Jonathan Dreasler takes over for the retired Rick Sanchez.  Dreasler led Assumption to a State title in 2014 and played soccer in the Western Big 6 at Quincy.  

  • Steamwheelers look to limit mistakes

    The Quad City Steamwheelers are just 2 possessions away from being 2-0.  But in reality, the Wheelers are 0-2 with only themselves to blame.  Self inflicted wounds have cost Quad City in each of their 1st 2 games.  The Wheelers hope to correct that with Kansas City coming to town next.

  • Iowa’s Stanley rings confidence into year 2

    Last Spring, a quarterback competition in Iowa City stole the headlines.  After a solid sophomore season, Nate Stanley enters this Spring as a building block instead.

  • Off the Kuff- Rockridge’s Grace Preston

    Rockridge softball standout Grace Preston goes “Off the Kuff” with WQAD’s Kory Kuffler.

  • Randazzo Rants – Western Big 6 expansion and YES, it’s a big deal

    WQAD Sports Director Matt Randazzo had plenty of thoughts on the recent expansion of the Western Big 6.  The 1st addition to the conference landed Geneseo and Sterling a new home.  Matt calls the decision a “no brainer”, defends it’s critics, and explains why the news is such a big deal in our area.

  • Matt Randazzo goes 1-on-1 with Tyler Hall

    Tyler Hall flects on junior season at Montana State and talks on how he plans to spend his offseason.  The former Rock Island great also weighs in on current Rocks and the Lady Rocks.

  • Angerer reflects on Ferentz at 20, Dodgeball for a great cause

    Former Iowa great Pat Angerer reflects on Ferentz’s 20th year as Iowa head coach and impact on University on and off the field.  Pat also previews a great Dodgeball tournament coming up in April to benefit Bettendorf Schools. Sign up here-

  • Moline and Rock Island Special Olympics athletes score big in sportsmanship

    There were smiles all around from players and fans from both sides during an exhibition game between the Moline High School and Rock Island High School Special Olympics basketball teams on Thursday night at Wharton Field House.