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?
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?
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 early....in 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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