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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

College Football: Flyers eager to open Pioneer League League play
 The Dayton Flyers bring a 1-2 record into Saturday’s game at Welcome Stadium, but Rick Chamberlin’s team is probably a handful of plays away from being 3-0 as they head into their Pioneer Football League opener against Davidson. “We played two tough opponents on the road,” the Flyers head coach said. “Games I...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Dayton Flyers bring a 1-2 record into Saturday’s game at Welcome Stadium, but Rick Chamberlin’s team is probably a handful of plays away from being 3-0 as they head into their Pioneer Football League opener against Davidson. “We played two tough opponents on the road,” the Flyers head coach said. “Games I...
High School Football: 5 games you can’t miss in Week 5
 It seems like the football season just started, but high school teams hit the midpoint of the regular season this week. Here are five games to watch in Week 5: It’s showdown time in the GCL North. The Patriots and the Eagles both put perfection on the line at Roger Glass Stadium on Friday night. CJ is the top-ranked Division III team...

Posted: 6 days ago

It seems like the football season just started, but high school teams hit the midpoint of the regular season this week. Here are five games to watch in Week 5: It’s showdown time in the GCL North. The Patriots and the Eagles both put perfection on the line at Roger Glass Stadium on Friday night. CJ is the top-ranked Division III team...
College Football: Dayton Flyers look to bounce back vs. Duquense
 It’s not often you find a team that owns an edge on the Dayton Flyers, but Duquesne is one such program. The Dukes lead the all-time series 9-6 and they’ve won six of the last eight games as the Flyers head to Pittsburgh to renew the rivalry Saturday at noon. “Duquesne is probably one of the best teams we’ll play all...

Posted: 9 days ago

It’s not often you find a team that owns an edge on the Dayton Flyers, but Duquesne is one such program. The Dukes lead the all-time series 9-6 and they’ve won six of the last eight games as the Flyers head to Pittsburgh to renew the rivalry Saturday at noon. “Duquesne is probably one of the best teams we’ll play all...
College Football: Flyers facing big road challenge at SEMO
 On the road with a quarterback who’s never started a college football game? It’s not the scenario that Rick Chamberlin was hoping for at Southeast Missouri, but the Flyers coach doesn’t see his team feeling sorry for themselves. Redshirt freshman Jack Cook gets the start under center for the Flyers, 
               who lost...

Posted: 16 days ago

On the road with a quarterback who’s never started a college football game? It’s not the scenario that Rick Chamberlin was hoping for at Southeast Missouri, but the Flyers coach doesn’t see his team feeling sorry for themselves. Redshirt freshman Jack Cook gets the start under center for the Flyers, who lost...
Hartsock: Five high school football games you can’t miss in Week 3 
 Week 3 of the high school football season finds two local teams facing off against defending state champions and a south-of-town showdown that we don’t normally see very often. Here are five games to watch Friday night: Let’s start with the Knights against the Elks. Alter owns the all-time series record 3-2. The Elks won the last...

Posted: 17 days ago

Week 3 of the high school football season finds two local teams facing off against defending state champions and a south-of-town showdown that we don’t normally see very often. Here are five games to watch Friday night: Let’s start with the Knights against the Elks. Alter owns the all-time series record 3-2. The Elks won the last...
Flyers roll in season opener, but lose quarterback
 Normally, University of Dayton football coach Rick Chamberlin would be feeling pretty good when his starting quarterback is cheering on the sidelines in the second half, but that really wasn’t the case at Welcome Stadium on Saturday. The Flyers had a three-touchdown lead, but four-year starter Alex Jeske was dressed in street clothes...

Posted: 22 days ago

Normally, University of Dayton football coach Rick Chamberlin would be feeling pretty good when his starting quarterback is cheering on the sidelines in the second half, but that really wasn’t the case at Welcome Stadium on Saturday. The Flyers had a three-touchdown lead, but four-year starter Alex Jeske was dressed in street clothes...
Dayton football eager to put disappointing 2017 season behind them
 It was a season of high hopes that didn’t turn out that way for the Dayton Flyers in 2017. For only the second time in the last four decades the Dayton Flyers football team suffered through a losing season (5-6). “It’s an eager group,” senior defensive end Nick Surges said. “We’ve had a lot of fun these...

Posted: 23 days ago

It was a season of high hopes that didn’t turn out that way for the Dayton Flyers in 2017. For only the second time in the last four decades the Dayton Flyers football team suffered through a losing season (5-6). “It’s an eager group,” senior defensive end Nick Surges said. “We’ve had a lot of fun these...
High School Football: Five can’t-miss games in Week 2
 One week down and nine more to go in the 2018 high school football season. Once again there are some really good matchups on the schedule in Week 2. Here are five games to watch:  Clinton-Massie (1-0) at Coldwater (1-0) It’s the second year of a two-year contract between the Falcons and the Cavaliers. Clinton-Massie won 24-14 on...

Posted: 26 days ago

One week down and nine more to go in the 2018 high school football season. Once again there are some really good matchups on the schedule in Week 2. Here are five games to watch:  Clinton-Massie (1-0) at Coldwater (1-0) It’s the second year of a two-year contract between the Falcons and the Cavaliers. Clinton-Massie won 24-14 on...
Hartsock: Lack of lights lead to bizarre ending to Bethel, Northridge game
 The high school football season got off to a bizarre start out for Northridge and Bethel on Friday night.   The Bees were hosting Northridge and the home team fell behind 18-6 at halftime. The “bizarre” part of the story came in the second half.  Bethel rallied to take a 21-18 lead late in the fourth quarter...

Posted: 28 days ago

The high school football season got off to a bizarre start out for Northridge and Bethel on Friday night.   The Bees were hosting Northridge and the home team fell behind 18-6 at halftime. The “bizarre” part of the story came in the second half.  Bethel rallied to take a 21-18 lead late in the fourth quarter...
High School Football: Five games to watch in Week 1
 Ready or not, and most of us are ready, another high school football season is set to kick off this week. Once again this season we will be checking out the games to watch every week, and there are plenty of good ones on the schedule in Week 1. The Firebirds snapped a string of 12 straight losses to the Knights on the field last season (Alter...

2:24 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Ready or not, and most of us are ready, another high school football season is set to kick off this week. Once again this season we will be checking out the games to watch every week, and there are plenty of good ones on the schedule in Week 1. The Firebirds snapped a string of 12 straight losses to the Knights on the field last season (Alter...