Chris Collins

Chris Collins

Since I was a small child, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. Since that didn’t work out, I switched to “Plan B”, which was broadcasting. I have worked at several Ohio radio stations, and two in North Carolina, in my nearly 30 years in the business. Along the way, I held a few jobs outside of broadcasting, including a couple of years as an assistant baseball coach at Sinclair Community College and as an assistant promotions director at Wright State University. During my career as a newscaster and radio host, I have also had the opportunity to call the radio play-by-play for the Wright State University men’s basketball team. I am beginning my 17th year covering the Raiders. I am not a fan of hearing the alarm clock go off at 2 am, but I do enjoy being a part of the WHIO team!

You can listen to Chris every weekday morning from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. during Miami Valley's Morning News.

Q & A 

Where were you born? Indianapolis, Indiana 

Where did you grow up? Huber Heights, Ohio 

What was your favorite TV show then? The Andy Griffith Show 

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? A professional baseball player 

How might someone have described you in high school? Shy and naïve 

What was your first job? Inventory specialist

What was your first job in radio? An evening disc jockey at WKTN Kenton, Ohio 

What do you like about your job? I enjoy the camaraderie with my co-workers 

What do you not like about your job? That’s easy, the early hours 

What might people be surprised to know about you? I’m a proud grandfather of three beautiful grandchildren 

What is the hardest thing you ever did? Waking up at 2 am! 

What would be a perfect day for you? Any day that includes 8 hours of sleep 

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? Always be open to continued education and absorb as much as you can from your veteran co-workers 

If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it? A mix of my work including, sports play-by-play, newscasts and radio show host. 


Favorite book: Tuesdays with Morrie 

Favorite radio program: Miami Valley’s Morning News 

Favorite dream car: Mercedes Benz CL-Class Coupe 

Favorite food: Italian Favorite hobby: Working in my Yard 

Favorite Miami Valley place: All Parks and Recreation spots 

Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption 

Favorite music: The Eagles. The best band EVER! 

Favorite travel destination: Anywhere warm!

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