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.    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.      Favorites   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

Latest from Mike Hartsock

Is there room in crowded Reds outfield for veteran Matt Kemp?
 Matt Kemp is a three-time All-Star who owns two Gold Gloves and a pair of silver slugger awards, but is there room in the Cincinnati Reds crowded outfield to keep him happy this season? Ever since the 34-year-old came over from the Dodgers in an offseason trade, fans have wondered where the Oklahoma native fits in an outfield that includes...

Posted: 25 days ago

Matt Kemp is a three-time All-Star who owns two Gold Gloves and a pair of silver slugger awards, but is there room in the Cincinnati Reds crowded outfield to keep him happy this season? Ever since the 34-year-old came over from the Dodgers in an offseason trade, fans have wondered where the Oklahoma native fits in an outfield that includes...
Amir Garrett on 2019 Reds: ‘The word rebuild should be out the door’
 Amir Garrett is one of a long list of Cincinnati Reds pitching prospects in the last few years who might have been pushed up to the big league roster before they were ready. Like former Dayton Dragons teammates Sal Romano and Robert Stephenson, Garrett needs to impress a new manager (David Bell) and pitching coach (Derek Johnson) this spring...

Posted: 25 days ago

Amir Garrett is one of a long list of Cincinnati Reds pitching prospects in the last few years who might have been pushed up to the big league roster before they were ready. Like former Dayton Dragons teammates Sal Romano and Robert Stephenson, Garrett needs to impress a new manager (David Bell) and pitching coach (Derek Johnson) this spring...
Joey Votto: Reds ‘have a legitimate shot at winning the division’
 Last year was a very un-Joey Votto-like season. For the first time since 2014, the Cincinnati Reds first baseman failed to hit .300. Votto, a six-time All-Star, played in 145 games, batted .284 and hit 12 home runs to go with 67 RBIs.  Despite the statistical dip, Votto remains one of the more feared hitters in baseball. He was an All-Star...

Posted: 27 days ago

Last year was a very un-Joey Votto-like season. For the first time since 2014, the Cincinnati Reds first baseman failed to hit .300. Votto, a six-time All-Star, played in 145 games, batted .284 and hit 12 home runs to go with 67 RBIs.  Despite the statistical dip, Votto remains one of the more feared hitters in baseball. He was an All-Star...
Reds pitcher on 2019: ‘I think we’re going to play postseason baseball’
 It’s easy to associate spring training with sunny skies and warm temperatures, but neither of those conditions greeted the Reds for the first full squad workout on Monday. The valley of the sun was covered with gray clouds and a little bit of rain, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of a team trying to dig out of the National...

Posted: 27 days ago

It’s easy to associate spring training with sunny skies and warm temperatures, but neither of those conditions greeted the Reds for the first full squad workout on Monday. The valley of the sun was covered with gray clouds and a little bit of rain, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of a team trying to dig out of the National...
PHOTOS Marty Brennaman through the years
Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman signs an autograph at the Reds winter caravan Saturday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. MIKE HARTSOCK / WHIO-TV

8:03 PM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman signs an autograph at the Reds winter caravan Saturday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. MIKE HARTSOCK / WHIO-TV
Dayton Flyers look to clinch winning record in season finale
 It’s not the kind of season the Dayton Flyers were hoping for this year, but head coach Rick Chamberlin is a “glass half-full” guy as his team closes out the 2018 campaign at Jacksonville on Saturday. “We played well the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can finish up with a winning record,” Chamberlin said...

6:32 PM Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

It’s not the kind of season the Dayton Flyers were hoping for this year, but head coach Rick Chamberlin is a “glass half-full” guy as his team closes out the 2018 campaign at Jacksonville on Saturday. “We played well the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can finish up with a winning record,” Chamberlin said...
College Football: UD’s offense explodes in home finale

4:04 AM Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

It wasn’t quite a record-setting day at Welcome Stadium on Saturday, but the University of Dayton football team gave their fans something they hadn’t seen in more than a decade. The Flyers racked up their highest point total since 2007 in beating Morehead State 63-20. Senior running back Tucker Yinger went into the game needing...
College Football: Flyers looking to avoid back-to-back losing seasons
 The Dayton Flyers (4-5, 3-3 Pioneer Football League) haven’t had back-to-back losing seasons since the mid-1970s, but that remains a possibility with two games left on the schedule. “Just an overall winning record and pride for the team and the program,” fifth-year senior Matt Tunnacliffe said. “Last game at home and...

3:07 PM Friday, Nov. 09, 2018

The Dayton Flyers (4-5, 3-3 Pioneer Football League) haven’t had back-to-back losing seasons since the mid-1970s, but that remains a possibility with two games left on the schedule. “Just an overall winning record and pride for the team and the program,” fifth-year senior Matt Tunnacliffe said. “Last game at home and...
College Football: Flyers hope strong finishes produces winning season
 Competing for the Pioneer Football League title is always a goal for the Dayton Flyers heading into the season, but for the second year in a row that goal is out of reach for the Flyers. Dayton (3-5, 2-3 PFL) heads to Indianapolis on Saturday to face Butler. “Dayton has a long tradition of being a winning program,” Dayton coach...

3:09 PM Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Competing for the Pioneer Football League title is always a goal for the Dayton Flyers heading into the season, but for the second year in a row that goal is out of reach for the Flyers. Dayton (3-5, 2-3 PFL) heads to Indianapolis on Saturday to face Butler. “Dayton has a long tradition of being a winning program,” Dayton coach...
Flyers ‘still have a lot to play for’ in season’s final month
 Every football fan knows that coming close doesn’t count in a game, but that continues to be the theme for the Dayton Flyers as the 2018 season heads into the final month. The Flyers host Drake at 1 p.m. Saturday at Welcome Stadium. »RELATED: Furious Flyers rally falls short “There’s still four games left in this season...

3:19 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Every football fan knows that coming close doesn’t count in a game, but that continues to be the theme for the Dayton Flyers as the 2018 season heads into the final month. The Flyers host Drake at 1 p.m. Saturday at Welcome Stadium. »RELATED: Furious Flyers rally falls short “There’s still four games left in this season...
College Football: Flyers head west for crucial league matchup
 Nobody has won more Pioneer Football League titles than the Dayton Flyers (12), but San Diego (9) certainly seems to be in a hurry to catch up. The Toreros (3-2, 2-0) have won or shared six of the last seven PFL Championships, including four in a row. The Flyers (3-3, 2-1) have only one title in that same time and that was shared with San...

2:55 PM Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Nobody has won more Pioneer Football League titles than the Dayton Flyers (12), but San Diego (9) certainly seems to be in a hurry to catch up. The Toreros (3-2, 2-0) have won or shared six of the last seven PFL Championships, including four in a row. The Flyers (3-3, 2-1) have only one title in that same time and that was shared with San...