UPDATE:

You’ll soon notice some new billboards in Clark County. Here’s what they’ll say.



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

Rain cancels 2nd half of annual Flyer Football Spring Game
 The Dayton Flyers had to settle for half a football game on Sunday. The Red-White spring game was cut short by weather, but not before the Red team rallied to score twice in the final minute of the second quarter to pull out a 14-13 win. Will Bobek hooked up with Ryan Skibinski on a 36-yard strike to get the White team on the board with 36...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Dayton Flyers had to settle for half a football game on Sunday. The Red-White spring game was cut short by weather, but not before the Red team rallied to score twice in the final minute of the second quarter to pull out a 14-13 win. Will Bobek hooked up with Ryan Skibinski on a 36-yard strike to get the White team on the board with 36...
CJ run-rules Tippecanoe at Howell Field

Posted: 12 days ago

On paper it looked like a good matchup at Howell Field on Thursday — unbeaten Tippecanoe against a CJ team that lost in the Division III state championship last season. The Eagles got off to a slow start, losing three of their first four games this season, but they sure looked like a contender on a windy afternoon, run-ruling the Red...
Dragons fall to 0-2 with loss at Bowling Green

Posted: 18 days ago

One thing we’ve learned about the Dayton Dragons in their first two games, they certainly don’t quit when they dig an early hole. For the second time in as many games, Dayton (0-2) fell behind at Bowling Green (2-0) Friday night, but unlike the season opener on Thursday night, the visitors never could rally for the lead. The Hot...
NCAA Tournament: Voice of Volunteers - Wright State’s first-round foe - is Kettering native
 Bob Kesling might bleed orange as the play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Volunteers, but the Kettering native and proud Fairmont West High School graduate admits he can still sing the Dragons fight song as well as he can rattle off the words to Rocky Top. Kesling is in his 19th season as the voice of Vols football and basketball, but he&rsquo...

7:20 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Bob Kesling might bleed orange as the play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Volunteers, but the Kettering native and proud Fairmont West High School graduate admits he can still sing the Dragons fight song as well as he can rattle off the words to Rocky Top. Kesling is in his 19th season as the voice of Vols football and basketball, but he&rsquo...
Radford first to arrive for First Four
 The Radford basketball team decided not to wait on an airplane. The Highlanders, from western Virginia, hopped on a bus Sunday night and rolled into their hotel in Dayton early Monday morning. Radford takes on LIU-Brooklyn in the first game of the First Four on Tuesday night at the UD Arena. Radford was able to avoid what their opponents...

4:22 PM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

The Radford basketball team decided not to wait on an airplane. The Highlanders, from western Virginia, hopped on a bus Sunday night and rolled into their hotel in Dayton early Monday morning. Radford takes on LIU-Brooklyn in the first game of the First Four on Tuesday night at the UD Arena. Radford was able to avoid what their opponents...
WATCH: Reds’ Joey Votto: ‘We owe the baseball fans in Cincinnati a much, much better show’
 The Cincinnati Reds had their first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Monday. Here are five things to know. 1. Reds first baseman Joey Votto says he wants to win, “not one, but two rings before I leave.” I guess that means the 11-year veteran needs to get busy. Votto had a lot to say in a wide-ranging interview after practice...

3:17 PM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

The Cincinnati Reds had their first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Monday. Here are five things to know. 1. Reds first baseman Joey Votto says he wants to win, “not one, but two rings before I leave.” I guess that means the 11-year veteran needs to get busy. Votto had a lot to say in a wide-ranging interview after practice...
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...

9:11 PM Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

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...

11:48 PM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

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...

10:38 PM Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2018

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...