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Mike Hartsock

News Center 7 Sports Director

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?

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Q & A

Where were you born?


Where did you grow up?


What was your favorite TV show then?


What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?

Pro Golfer

How might someone have described you in high school?


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.



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

Steve McElvene's hometown mourns after his death

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Olympic heptathlete training in Dayton for 2016 games in Rio

It's been nearly four years since Chantae McMillan walked out of the Olympic Stadium in London after placing 29th out of 32 finishers in the women's heptathlon.  McMillan makes no excuses about her first time in the sport's biggest spotlight, admitting she just wasn't good enough to compete.  Fast forward ...

Pete Rose visits Dayton

It was a strange scene out in Huber Heights on Saturday. Seventy-five-year old Pete Rose sat in the shade of a tent with rock music blaring from a band performing live on a nearby stage and a few hundred motorcycles lined up in the parking lot. Rose was in town ...

The Dayton Flyers work out Thursday at LIU-Brooklyn. Staff photo/Mike Hartsock

Archie Miller: Flyers playing with ‘house money’

Dayton coach Archie Miller says his team is playing with “house money” in Brooklyn this week, but Miller insists that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to add the A-10 tournament title to the regular-season crown.At one point in Thursdsay’s practice, Miller told his guys “It’s not spring break yet … ...

New Reds GM: Data, scouts both valuable when evaluating talent

Dick Williams had an interesting start to his career as general manager of the Cincinnati Reds.Promoted to the job late last year, Williams played a role in deals that send Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman to other teams, and might have Jay Bruce on the move sooner than later.“What we ...

Former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin works with right fielder Jay Bruce at the team’s spring training complex on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Goodyear, Ariz. Staff photo/Mike Hartsock

Mike Hartsock: Barry Larkin, the teacher; Jay Bruce, the student

The workout had ended more than an hour ago, but two guys were still on one of the practice fields Wednesday at the Reds spring training complex.Jay Bruce, the student, and Barry Larkin, the teacher, were hard at work on the finer points of hitting. Larkin is in camp as ...

Reds manager Bryan Price throws batting practice on Opening Day on Monday April 6, 2015, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Reds manager Bryan Price: ‘There’s a great sense of opportunity here’

It was picture day here at the Cincinnati Reds’ spring training complex. The Reds took the team photo at the stadium early this morning and then posed for a variety of cameras outside the clubhouse. Those included team photos and the traditional few minutes with the Topps baseball card folks. ...

Northmont's Coleman headed to Super Bowl

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Malott, Hoover ready for next chapter

For the last four years Ally Malott and Andrea Hoover have always known the other was close by. The University of Dayton seniors have been roommates since they set foot on campus. That proximity will end next month when the two head in opposite directions chasing the same goal after ...

Sports guys get a taste of New Orleans

What do sports writers and sportscasters do on the road? We always make sure we don’t miss many meals and when you’re working in New Orleans that’s really a priority. With the “Dining Divas” having all the fun back home, David Jablonski and myself decided the “Dining Dudes” should share ...


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