Mike Hartsock

I was born in Dayton and grew up in Waynesville; the Miami Valley has been home all my life.    I got my start at WPFB Radio in Middletown in 1977 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University. In 1979, I was hired as a news reporter at WHIO radio, and also was the play-by-play voice of the Game of the Week broadcasts. From there, it was a short trip across the newsroom where I became at reporter at WHIO-TV. My beat was city/county government and politics.    I made the move to sports in 1982 and became Sports Director in 1989. I’ve been lucky enough to cover 3 Super Bowls, the 1990 World Series, the 1996 Olympics, and the Dayton Flyers in the NCAA Elite Eight two different times    When I’m not covering a game, you can probably find me on one of our local golf courses. I’m a very lucky husband and father. My wife Janet, my daughter Jessica, and my grandson Alex. A great family and a hometown career…what more could a guy ask for?  Q & A   Where were you born?  Dayton  Where did you grow up?  Waynesville  What was your favorite TV show then?  Bonanza  What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  Pro Golfer  How might someone have described you in high school?  Busy  What was your first job?  Mowing Lawns  What was your first job in television?  News reporter  What do you like about your job?  I get into games for free  What do you not like about your job?  Long hours  What might people be surprised to know about you?  I'd love to learn how to play the piano, but I just don’t have the patience.  What is the hardest thing you ever did?  I cannot think of anything  What would be a perfect day for you?  Spending time with my wife and my daughter and working in a round of golf too.  What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?  Prepare to work long hours  If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?  Super Bowl XVI-my first sports assignment, 1990 World Series, 1996 Olympics, and the 2002 BCS Championship.      Favorites   Favorite book: Anything by Clive Cussler   Favorite CBS show: NCIS   Favorite dream car: 1965 Mustang   Favorite food: Grouper   Favorite hobby: Golf   Favorite Miami Valley place: Bosco's   Favorite movie: Caddyshack   Favorite music: Country   Favorite travel destination: Italy

Latest from Mike Hartsock

Cincinnati Reds: 5 things to know Monday’s first full-squad workout
 It’s a crowded Sunday at the Reds complex in Goodyear, Arizona as position players reported for physicals ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workout. Here are 5 things to know as the Reds get back to work. In past years Bryan Price came to camp knowing who his opening day starter was going to be and the manager wasn’t afraid...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s a crowded Sunday at the Reds complex in Goodyear, Arizona as position players reported for physicals ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workout. Here are 5 things to know as the Reds get back to work. In past years Bryan Price came to camp knowing who his opening day starter was going to be and the manager wasn’t afraid...
High School Football: Dunbar honors five players at signing ceremony
 Mother Nature held things up for a day, but two of Dunbar high school’s elite athletes made their college choices official Thursday. Wide receiver Joseph Scates and running back Tavion Thomas both ended the long recruiting trail by accepting full-ride scholarships to Division I schools. Thomas, who had originally made a verbal commitment...

Posted: 12 days ago

Mother Nature held things up for a day, but two of Dunbar high school’s elite athletes made their college choices official Thursday. Wide receiver Joseph Scates and running back Tavion Thomas both ended the long recruiting trail by accepting full-ride scholarships to Division I schools. Thomas, who had originally made a verbal commitment...
GWOC American Conference teams intend to leave Trotwood-Madison out, form new league
 The mega-team Greater Western Ohio Conference apparently is on its way out. Superintendents, principals and athletic directors met in the annual winter meeting Wednesday at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation where a bomb was delivered: All of the American Conference North and South division teams want out. Their intention is to begin a...

Posted: 13 days ago

The mega-team Greater Western Ohio Conference apparently is on its way out. Superintendents, principals and athletic directors met in the annual winter meeting Wednesday at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation where a bomb was delivered: All of the American Conference North and South division teams want out. Their intention is to begin a...
Unbeaten Wittenberg rolls over Ohio Wesleyan
 The beard lives on in Springfield. Wittenberg men’s basketball coach Matt Croci says he won’t shave until his team loses this season and the Tigers made sure the growth will continue with a 93-72 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday night. The Tigers (16-0, 9-0) climbed to No. 5 in the D3hoops.com poll this week and promptly proved...

3:14 AM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

The beard lives on in Springfield. Wittenberg men’s basketball coach Matt Croci says he won’t shave until his team loses this season and the Tigers made sure the growth will continue with a 93-72 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday night. The Tigers (16-0, 9-0) climbed to No. 5 in the D3hoops.com poll this week and promptly proved...
6 things to watch this week in area college, high school basketball
 It’s a busy week of basketball for teams around the Miami Valley so we thought you might need a little help keeping up with the action. Here are six things you might want to keep an eye on involving local high school and college teams. Dayton at Richmond The Flyers still haven’t won back-to-back games this season. Now they need...

3:31 PM Monday, Jan. 08, 2018

It’s a busy week of basketball for teams around the Miami Valley so we thought you might need a little help keeping up with the action. Here are six things you might want to keep an eye on involving local high school and college teams. Dayton at Richmond The Flyers still haven’t won back-to-back games this season. Now they need...
Dayton women roll past Rhode Island in record-setting fashion
 Playing short-handed doesn’t seem to bother the University of Dayton women’s basketball team. The Flyers posted a second straight blowout victory to open the Atlantic 10 schedule, beating Rhode Island 116-58 at UD Arena on Thursday night. Due to injuries, the Flyers (9-4, 2-0) have been down to seven healthy players for the past...

2:06 AM Friday, Jan. 05, 2018

Playing short-handed doesn’t seem to bother the University of Dayton women’s basketball team. The Flyers posted a second straight blowout victory to open the Atlantic 10 schedule, beating Rhode Island 116-58 at UD Arena on Thursday night. Due to injuries, the Flyers (9-4, 2-0) have been down to seven healthy players for the past...
Raiders hope recent success continues on the road
 Wright State has figured out the formula for winning at home, now the Raiders needs to find a way to win on the road if they hope to be a serious contender for the Horizon League title. Scott Nagy’s team will get that chance in the next couple of weeks. Five of the next six games are on the road, beginning with a three-game trip that...

8:15 PM Thursday, Jan. 04, 2018

Wright State has figured out the formula for winning at home, now the Raiders needs to find a way to win on the road if they hope to be a serious contender for the Horizon League title. Scott Nagy’s team will get that chance in the next couple of weeks. Five of the next six games are on the road, beginning with a three-game trip that...
Fight mars Fairmont-Trotwood girls basketball game
 It was an ugly scene at Trent Arena on Wednesday night as the girls basketball game between Trotwood-Madison and Fairmont was called with four minutes left to play. »RELATED: High School results for Dec. 20 »NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Where are area players going to play college football? According to witnesses, an incident broke out...

4:26 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

It was an ugly scene at Trent Arena on Wednesday night as the girls basketball game between Trotwood-Madison and Fairmont was called with four minutes left to play. »RELATED: High School results for Dec. 20 »NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Where are area players going to play college football? According to witnesses, an incident broke out...
Xenia’s Meechi Harris signs with Cincinnati
 Meechi Harris has decided to go from a “Wildcat” to a “Bearcat” in his choice for a college football team. Xenia’s all-star receiver signed a national letter-of-intent on Wednesday to play for the University of Cincinnati. Harris had verbally committed to Kentucky back in October, but this week rescinded that...

7:41 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Meechi Harris has decided to go from a “Wildcat” to a “Bearcat” in his choice for a college football team. Xenia’s all-star receiver signed a national letter-of-intent on Wednesday to play for the University of Cincinnati. Harris had verbally committed to Kentucky back in October, but this week rescinded that...
Dayton Flyers legend Donoher honored by USBWA with Dean Smith Award
 For a guy who loves to steer clear of the spotlight, Don Donoher couldn’t avoid it Wednesday night. More than 400 people came out to celebrate the Dayton Flyers Hall of Fame coach as he was honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association with the Dean Smith Award. “It’s a real tribute to not an individual but the university...

4:23 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

For a guy who loves to steer clear of the spotlight, Don Donoher couldn’t avoid it Wednesday night. More than 400 people came out to celebrate the Dayton Flyers Hall of Fame coach as he was honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association with the Dean Smith Award. “It’s a real tribute to not an individual but the university...