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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

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Longtime Carroll girls basketball coach Rob Berry dies at 64

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USA Football program aims to lesson impacts of youth concussions

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Reds top two draft picks headed to Dayton

It didn’t take long for the Reds to start moving two of their top draft picks up the ladder. Third baseman Nick Senzel and catcher Chris Okey are expected to be in uniform at Fifth Third Field on Friday night when the Dayton Dragons open a weekend series against West ...

Bengals great Anthony Munoz brings fatherly advice to Welcome Stadium

Fathers Day has been bittersweet for Anthony Munoz. The Bengals legendary offensive lineman never knew his father growing up in Ontario, California, but that didn’t keep him from having a Hall of Fame career in Cincinnati. In 13 seasons, Munoz was named first-team All-Pro nine times, but just as important ...

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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

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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 … ...


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