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Mike Hartsock

Published: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 @ 12:27 PM

Mike Hartsock

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. 

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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? 

Q & A  

  • Where were you born?  
    • Dayton 
  • Where did you grow up?  
    • Waynesville 
  • What was your favorite TV show then?  
    • Bonanza 
  • What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  
    • Pro Golfer 
  • How might someone have described you in high school?  
    • Busy 
  • 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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