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Tom Michaels

Tom Michaels is in his 38th year of broadcasting, working around the world during his career.

The Kettering native was sports director of WKEF-TV and WING Radio before beginning his first stint at WHIO radio  in 1989 as the morning show co-host with Lou Emm. He returned to WHIO in 2002 as part of the Miami Valley's Morning News .

In addition to the morning show, Michaels works many of the station's  University of Dayton broadcasts, doing play-by-play as well as pre-game shows.

The Regional Emmy winner  has extensive experience in motorsports (CART Radio Network, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, ESPN, TSN and  series announcer for Champ Car, Indy Lights and Formula Atlantics, and various race tracks), basketball (UD, Wright State, Central State, Dayton Wings), football (UD, Miami, Findlay and Tiffin), PA announcer for UD Volleyball, and many other sports. He continues to do area high school football, basketball and baseball broadcasts. He has worked sports events on  a number of other  local radio stations as well as Time-Warner sports.

Michaels was the first radio/television broadcaster for the Dayton Bombers (1991-92), did telecasts for the Bombers on Time-Warner sports for five years (1996-2001) and returned as the radio voice of the team for the final season in 2008-2009. He also spent 3 years doing radio play-by-play for the Dayton Gems from 2009 to 2012.

The Ohio State graduate has also taught the past 21 years at the International College of Broadcasting in Dayton.

Michaels and his wife, Carol, live in Miami Township. They have two children, two grandsons and a miniature Great Dane named Toby (many people call them Chihuahuas). 


Q & A with Tom Michaels

Where were you born?
Dayton Ohio in Grandview Hospital (because I wanted to be near my mother)

Where did you grow up?

What was your favorite TV show then?
Route 66

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
a dump truck driver

How might someone have described you in high school?
("Who was that kid with a crew cut?")

What was your first job?
Watering greens from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Rollandia Golf Course

What was your first job in radio?
I actually started in TV at a small, now defuct PBS station in Northwest Indiana...My first radio gig was doing Wright State basketball....

What do you like about your job?
the variety

What do you not like about your job?
going to bed early (I get up at 2:15 a.m.)

What might people be surprised to know about you?
I am an extremely shy person

What is the hardest thing you ever did?
leaving  Dayton to go to Milwaukee for a race broadcast knowing I would never see my dad, who was dying of cancer, alive again...

What would be a perfect day for you?
spending it with my grandkids....anywhere!

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
Give up too late, not too other words, stay with it even if it doesn't happen right away

If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?
The radio pre-race for the CART Indy Car race in German the Saturday after 9/11....we could not get to the race site  because flights were grounded, so we did our broadcast from a production facility in Detroit...people who heard the broadcast thought we were in Germany...including people who WERE in Germany and a racing writer friend who was stuck in his New York apartment within site of the Twin Towers...

Favorite book: Season on the Brink by John Feinstein 
Favorite radio program: The Jack Benny Program 
Favorite dream car: 1963 Corvette 
Favorite food: Filet Mignon 
Favorite hobby: Golf 
Favorite Miami Valley place: Anyplace with 18 holes and a liquor license 
Favorite movie: Field of Dreams/Hoosiers 
Favorite music: 50's/60's 
Favorite travel destination: Australia

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Flooded creek sweeps car off driveway

GRATIS TWP. — After a visit with family, David and Janice Dohn were on their way home Thursday evening when their vehicle was swept away by high water. Around 10 p.m. Thursday, David Dohn of Gratis Twp. said he was attempting to cross a bridge on his property at 14720 ...

Franklin house suffers $30K in fire damage

Firefighters were called an early-morning fire that damaged a house in Franklin. Firefighters were called just after 4 a.m. to the 900 block of Lake Avenue, which is located just off State Route 73. Originally, there was concern that someone might be in the rental property, but a search proved ...

Auto show opens as car industry rebounds

DETROIT, Michigan -- The North American International Auto Show opens this weekend in Detroit for a nine day run, coming on the heels of a bug comeback year for the auto industry. While media previews and the introduction of new production and concept cars take center stage this week at ...

Elderly man robbed for second time in weeks

A 67-year-old man Dayton has been robbed at gunpoint twice in two weeks. Virgil Lovett, a General Motors retiree, was robbed on Christmas Eve, and then again on Wednesday night. He believes the same people are responsible for both incidents.     Lovett says they busted into the house with their ...

Corrections officer gets three years in slammer

ANNA, Ohio -- A corrections officer in Anna gets three years in prison for sexual misconduct. John Farley III, 45, had sex with an underage Indiana girl that he brought to Ohio. The two met when the girl was living in a facility where Farley worked. Under a plea agreement, ...

Franklin woman who passed for teen boy faces new charge

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Bail  is set at $25,000 for a local woman who pretended to be a boy to pursue a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old Springboro girl. .    A judge in Hamilton yesterday set bail and entered a not guilty plea for 32-year-old Patricia Dye, who is now charged ...

Dayton Public Schools eye cuts, levy

DAYTON, Ohio -- Faced with a projected $12 million dollar deficit in 2014, Dayton Public Schools officials are considering their options. Among the possibilities is going to the voters to ask for more money. The district, though, hopes it won't have to go that route. The school board’s new president, ...

Lovelace says current commission term his last

DAYTON, Ohio -- Dayton City Commissioners Dean Loveland and Matt Joseph renewed their oaths of office for new terms yesterday. For Lovelace, it is the beginning of the end of an era as he announced he will not seek reelection in four years. Lovelace is starting his sixth term on ...

Suspect nabbed in gas station heists

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio -- Moraine police capture a suspect in the two early morning robberies. It all started when someone tried to rob the Gas America on Alex Bell Road around 4:15 a.m. A K-9 unit was called out but lost track of the suspect. Shortly after, there was a ...

Track owners look at new Warren County site

 Owners of the Lebanon Raceway said they have been checking potential sites for a proposed new race track and they may have found it. The owners confirmed that they are looking at a site at the northeast corner of Ohio 63 and Union Road near Monroe in Warren County on ...


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