Larry Hansgen

Larry Hansgen has been the host of Miami Valley’s Morning News since 2003.  He joined the staff of WHIO Radio in 1981 as an overnight board operator, and quickly rose through the ranks.  He became the Sports Director that year, and in 1982 became the play-by-play voice of University of Dayton basketball.  In 1988 he also added Flyer football announcing.   As part of Cox Media Group, he is also a regular contributor to the Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV.  In addition to his work in the media, Larry is a certified personal trainer, with a specialization in Russian kettlebells.  He speaks German and also performs as a stand-up comedian at comedy clubs in Southwest Ohio and Indiana.  Larry lives in Washington Township with his wife, Laura, son, Alex and daughter Andrea.  His oldest daughter, Lauren, is the director of an art gallery in Cleveland. Q&A Where were you born? Columbus, OH Where did you grow up? Columbus What was your favorite TV show then? Combat What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? Major League baseball player How might someone have described you in high school? Nice hair.  That was then, this is now What was your first job? Bag boy at an Italian grocery store What was your first job in radio? Sunday morning sign-on at WNKO in Newark, OH What do you like about your job? I love that I operate in the “now” whether it is telling listeners what world awaits them as they start each day, or describing the action of a Flyers gameWhat do you not like about your job?2:20am alarm What might people be surprised to know about you? I can speak German and I perform stand-up comedy What is the hardest thing you ever did? In February of 1996 I announced on the morning show that UD basketball player Chris Daniels had died in his sleep.  Knowing Chris and knowing how it would impact fans, it was gut wrenching What would be a perfect day for you? Golf in the morning, beach in the afternoon, watch a baseball game in the evening What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? Always put your own ego and desires secondary to the wants and needs of your listeners If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it? An interview with Jamie Dupree during an election year,  conversation with Clark Howard, last second shot of UD vs. DePaul in 1984 and final play of Dayton vs. Drake in football in 2010  Favorites Favorite book:  A Prayer for Owen Meany Favorite radio program: Miami Valley’s Morning News….of course Favorite dream car: I am not a car guy.  Just something reliable and comfortable. In my world there are only 2 kinds of cars:  red and not red. Favorite food:  Chicken wings Favorite hobby:  Working out with kettlebells and golf Favorite Miami Valley place:  UD Arena and Walnut Grove Country Club Favorite movie: Casablanca Favorite music: Classic Rock…as played on the Eagle! Favorite travel destination: Cancun

Latest from Larry Hansgen

On the road with the Dayton Flyers to California
 After Saturday’s thrilling overtime win over Georgia State at UD Arena, the Dayton Flyers face St. Mary’s on Tuesday night in Moraga, Calif. The Voice of the Flyers on WHIO Radio, Larry Hansgen, is traveling with the team and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the trip. 7:25 p.m., Monday Today was a full squad practice day...

7:23 PM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

After Saturday’s thrilling overtime win over Georgia State at UD Arena, the Dayton Flyers face St. Mary’s on Tuesday night in Moraga, Calif. The Voice of the Flyers on WHIO Radio, Larry Hansgen, is traveling with the team and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the trip. 7:25 p.m., Monday Today was a full squad practice day...
Former Flyer standout Devin Oliver making his mark in Slovenia
 Former Dayton coach Archie Miller once described Devin Oliver “as charismatic a guy as I have ever been around.” Oliver certainly left his mark on Dayton basketball as the captain of the team that made the run to the Elite Eight, in which he was named to the All South Regional Team of the NCAA Tournament in 2014. Now he has taken...

4:08 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Former Dayton coach Archie Miller once described Devin Oliver “as charismatic a guy as I have ever been around.” Oliver certainly left his mark on Dayton basketball as the captain of the team that made the run to the Elite Eight, in which he was named to the All South Regional Team of the NCAA Tournament in 2014. Now he has taken...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best players Larry Hansgen has seen
 Not many people know Dayton Flyers basketball history better than Larry Hansgen. He starts his 35th season of calling UD games on WHIO Radio with Bucky Bockhorn on Friday when the Flyers play Ball State. For my series of top-10 lists, I asked Larry to rank the best players in UD history. He narrowed it down to the players he has seen play...

6:14 PM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Not many people know Dayton Flyers basketball history better than Larry Hansgen. He starts his 35th season of calling UD games on WHIO Radio with Bucky Bockhorn on Friday when the Flyers play Ball State. For my series of top-10 lists, I asked Larry to rank the best players in UD history. He narrowed it down to the players he has seen play...
College Football: Big third quarter sneds Dayton Flyers past Davidson

9:44 PM Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

The Dayton Flyers enjoyed their most prolific Pioneer Football League offensive showing of the season in a 48-22 rout of Davidson on Saturday, posting highs in points and total yards (501). After falling behind 3-0, Dayton (3-5, 2-3) took its first lead on a 15-yard run by Tucker Yinger, then added two more scores on TD passes from Alex Jeske...
College Football: Jeske returns to lead Flayers past Drake

10:12 PM Saturday, Oct. 07, 2017

The Dayton Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 20-10 win at Drake on Saturday as quarterback Alex Jeske celebrated his return to the field by running for a touchdown and throwing for another. Jeske missed the Flyers’ first five games after breaking his foot in the summer. He started, and was able to get the offense moving...
Dayton Flyers squander two-touchdown lead, fall at Morehead

9:32 PM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

Christian Robinson hauled in a 55-yard touchdown pass from Lawson Page with 50 seconds to play to give Morehead State a stunning 34-28 come-from-behind win over the Dayton Flyers on Saturday. It was Robinson’s third TD catch of the game and one of four big plays surrendered by the Dayton defense. “That was the name of the game...
College Football: Dayton falls to Robert Morris in opener

8:19 PM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

Freshman Nick Bisceglia kicked a 26-yard field goal with four seconds to play to give Robert Morris a 13-10 win Saturday over Dayton in Pittsburgh, ending decades of frustration against the Flyers. The Colonials victory was their first over UD since 2000, and ended a 15-game Flyer win streak in the series. Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin said...
Hansgen: Anthony Grant already made his mark at Dayton as a player
 As the Anthony Grant era begins for Dayton basketball, Flyer fans are anxious to see how the transition plays out on the court this coming season. »»RELATED: 
               First week on the job a whirlwind for Grant Some fans will buoy their optimism with his success as a member of Billy Donovan’s staff at Florida and...

4:35 PM Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

As the Anthony Grant era begins for Dayton basketball, Flyer fans are anxious to see how the transition plays out on the court this coming season. »»RELATED: First week on the job a whirlwind for Grant Some fans will buoy their optimism with his success as a member of Billy Donovan’s staff at Florida and...
Dear Dayton Flyers seniors: Here’s what you’ve meant to us
 Dear Flyer seniors, My WHIO radio partner Bucky Bockhorn and I have had a front-row seat to watch you on the court the last four years and access off the court to get to know you better than the average fan and other members of the media. As you prepare to enter your final days in a Flyer uniform, we thank you for what you have given...

2:08 PM Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017

Dear Flyer seniors, My WHIO radio partner Bucky Bockhorn and I have had a front-row seat to watch you on the court the last four years and access off the court to get to know you better than the average fan and other members of the media. As you prepare to enter your final days in a Flyer uniform, we thank you for what you have given...
Hansgen: Putting Dayton Flyers A-10 championship in perspective
 When the Dayton Flyers lost to Evansville in the first round of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament in March of 1993 it capped a four-win season for the Flyers. At that time I was hard pressed to remember which four they won. (For the record, the wins came against Louisiana Tech, Loyola, Duquesne and Detroit). Now with an 
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6:58 PM Friday, Mar. 03, 2017

When the Dayton Flyers lost to Evansville in the first round of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament in March of 1993 it capped a four-win season for the Flyers. At that time I was hard pressed to remember which four they won. (For the record, the wins came against Louisiana Tech, Loyola, Duquesne and Detroit). Now with an ...
College Football: Flyers end season with blowout of Marist

3:34 AM Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016

Quarterback Alex Jeske ran for four touchdowns and threw for two more as the Dayton Flyers closed out their season with a 59-31 win at Marist. After Marist drew first blood on a 40-yard Mike Maccarone field goal, Cameron Stubbs returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to the 5-yard line. One play later Jeske had his first touchdown, and the...