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

British Open: 5 players who could win this week in Scotland
 I’m going to change things up a bit as we tee up golf’s third major championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland this week. Even though Dustin Johnson is the betting favorite to win The Open Championship, the world’s top-ranked player is not on my list. »RELATED: Playoff chip-in sends Centerville native to U.S...

Posted: 3 days ago

I’m going to change things up a bit as we tee up golf’s third major championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland this week. Even though Dustin Johnson is the betting favorite to win The Open Championship, the world’s top-ranked player is not on my list. »RELATED: Playoff chip-in sends Centerville native to U.S...
Playoff chip-in sends Centerville native to U.S. Am at Pebble Beach
 Centerville native Austin Sipe saved his best for last at Moraine Country Club on Monday. The former Wright State golfer chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole to earn a spot in in the U.S. Amateur Championship next month at Pebble Beach Golf Club in California. »RELATED: Wenzler fires 62, set to make PGA Tour debut Sipe battled...

Posted: 3 days ago

Centerville native Austin Sipe saved his best for last at Moraine Country Club on Monday. The former Wright State golfer chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole to earn a spot in in the U.S. Amateur Championship next month at Pebble Beach Golf Club in California. »RELATED: Wenzler fires 62, set to make PGA Tour debut Sipe battled...
Naughton’s scoreless inning streak ends, but Dragons still win
 The Dayton Dragons saved all of their offense for one inning Sunday at Fifth Third Field, but for the second day in a row it was enough to get a victory. The home team scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to wipe out a 2-0 lead that Kane County had built in the top of the inning. The Dragons held on to beat the Cougars 5-3....

Posted: 5 days ago

The Dayton Dragons saved all of their offense for one inning Sunday at Fifth Third Field, but for the second day in a row it was enough to get a victory. The home team scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to wipe out a 2-0 lead that Kane County had built in the top of the inning. The Dragons held on to beat the Cougars 5-3....
WATCH: Area high school football teams compete at annual 7-on-7 competition at Welcome Stadium
 They are not trying to rush the summer, but ready or not, the high school football season is less than six weeks away. Area teams can begin two-a-day workouts two weeks from next Monday, but that doesn’t mean they have to wait that long. Several teams were on the field Friday for the annual 7-on-7 competition hosted by the Dayton Flyers...

Posted: 7 days ago

They are not trying to rush the summer, but ready or not, the high school football season is less than six weeks away. Area teams can begin two-a-day workouts two weeks from next Monday, but that doesn’t mean they have to wait that long. Several teams were on the field Friday for the annual 7-on-7 competition hosted by the Dayton Flyers...
TPC River’s Bend set to host Symetra Tour event
 A bit of history is on tap later this month as the inaugural Prasco Charity Championship tees it up at TPC River’s Bend in Warren County. The event will be the first time an LPGA-sanctioned event has been played on a golf course that is owned and operated by the PGA Tour. TPC River’s Bend has hosted the Big Ten women’s championship...

5:42 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

A bit of history is on tap later this month as the inaugural Prasco Charity Championship tees it up at TPC River’s Bend in Warren County. The event will be the first time an LPGA-sanctioned event has been played on a golf course that is owned and operated by the PGA Tour. TPC River’s Bend has hosted the Big Ten women’s championship...
U.S. Open: 5 players who could win this week at Shinnecock Hills
 All of the big names in the game of golf are set to tee it up at Shinnecock Hills this week, but you have to wonder if a couple of the veterans will be contending to win the 118th U.S. Open title come Sunday. The Las Vegas oddsmakers have Tiger Woods at 18-to-1 to win his fourth U.S. Open, but his game hasn’t been good enough to be...

9:23 PM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

All of the big names in the game of golf are set to tee it up at Shinnecock Hills this week, but you have to wonder if a couple of the veterans will be contending to win the 118th U.S. Open title come Sunday. The Las Vegas oddsmakers have Tiger Woods at 18-to-1 to win his fourth U.S. Open, but his game hasn’t been good enough to be...
Greene, Dragons lose pitcher’s duel
 Dragons fans are used to seeing Hunter Greene bring the heat at Fifth Third Field, but the 18-year old turned up the thermostat a bit Saturday night. The Reds first round draft pick a year ago lit up the radar gun against Bowling Green. He threw several pitches that touched 100 miles an hour but it wasn’t enough to keep the Dragons...

2:54 AM Sunday, Jun. 10, 2018

Dragons fans are used to seeing Hunter Greene bring the heat at Fifth Third Field, but the 18-year old turned up the thermostat a bit Saturday night. The Reds first round draft pick a year ago lit up the radar gun against Bowling Green. He threw several pitches that touched 100 miles an hour but it wasn’t enough to keep the Dragons...
Dragons close to being eliminated from first-half playoff race
 The Dayton Dragons could tie a new franchise record for most wins in a half season of play this weekend, but they could also be eliminated from the first-half playoff race as well. The latter seems more likely after Bowling Green rolled to an 11-4 win in the series opener at Fifth Third Field on Friday night. The game was delayed for 91 minutes...

12:56 AM Saturday, Jun. 09, 2018

The Dayton Dragons could tie a new franchise record for most wins in a half season of play this weekend, but they could also be eliminated from the first-half playoff race as well. The latter seems more likely after Bowling Green rolled to an 11-4 win in the series opener at Fifth Third Field on Friday night. The game was delayed for 91 minutes...
Memorial Tournament: 5 players who could win this week at Jack’s place
 The 43rd edition of the Memorial Tournament begins Thursday at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, and these days on the PGA Tour, there is no such thing as a clear-cut favorite in any tournament. Tiger Woods is the guy who used to own that title, and although the five-time Memorial winner can still attract a...

6:27 PM Wednesday, May. 30, 2018

The 43rd edition of the Memorial Tournament begins Thursday at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, and these days on the PGA Tour, there is no such thing as a clear-cut favorite in any tournament. Tiger Woods is the guy who used to own that title, and although the five-time Memorial winner can still attract a...
Marshall making up for lost time with Dragons
 At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Montrell Marshall’s size plays a big role in his success on the field, but it also kept the Dayton Dragons first baseman off the field for a while. Marshall missed his entire senior season in high school after suffering a fractured vertebrae in his back caused by a growth spurt. »RELATED: Prospect to resume...

4:00 AM Monday, May. 21, 2018

At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Montrell Marshall’s size plays a big role in his success on the field, but it also kept the Dayton Dragons first baseman off the field for a while. Marshall missed his entire senior season in high school after suffering a fractured vertebrae in his back caused by a growth spurt. »RELATED: Prospect to resume...
Sinclair baseball team advances to national junior college World Series
 The Sinclair College baseball team saved the best for last in its regional baseball tournament in Sandusky on Saturday. The Tartan Pride rode a late rally to an 11-7 win over Kellogg Community College in the championship game, sending Sinclair to the National Junior College Division II World Series. ARCHDEACON: A spring tradition —...

9:16 PM Saturday, May. 19, 2018

The Sinclair College baseball team saved the best for last in its regional baseball tournament in Sandusky on Saturday. The Tartan Pride rode a late rally to an 11-7 win over Kellogg Community College in the championship game, sending Sinclair to the National Junior College Division II World Series. ARCHDEACON: A spring tradition —...