Dan Hoard, Clear Channel, and UC Athletics Team Up On New Contract


Athletics News |

July 22, 2008


CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Dan Hoard, the radio play-by-play voice of the University of Cincinnati football and men’s basketball broadcasts for the past nine years, will return to that role again this fall.


Hoard, who left his position in local television two years ago to become the radio voice of the Pawtucket (RI) Red Sox, will return to Cincinnati at the conclusion of this summer’s baseball season and resume his UC broadcasts on flagship station WLW-AM 700/XM Channel 173. 


The first UC broadcast on 700 WLW will be Thursday, August 28 when the Bearcats  open the 2008 football season against Eastern Kentucky. Airtime is set for 7 p.m.


In addition to calling the action on the broadcasts, Hoard also hosts the weekly call-in radio shows featuring head coaches Brian Kelly and Mick Cronin. Hoard also will continue to write a weekly column on GoBEARCATS.com and will contribute his expertise in other areas of operations with the UC Department of Athletics.


“It is my joy and privilege to be the ‘Radio Voice of the Bearcats’ and there’s nothing more enjoyable as a broadcaster than describing the action for the team you root for,” said Hoard. “I am extremely grateful to Director of Athletics Mike Thomas, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Mike Waddell, Clear Channel’s President and Market Manager Chuck Fredrick, and Director of AM Operations Darryl Parks for the opportunity to continue broadcasting UC football and basketball, and hope to continue doing so for many years to come.


“In Brian Kelly and Mick Cronin, UC has two of the best coaches in the country, and I look forward to broadcasting the words, ‘The Bearcats are BIG EAST champions,’ in the near future.”


Hoard has been a focal point of Bearcats radio broadcasts since coming to Cincinnati from Syracuse, N.Y. in 1995. He served as UC’s radio voice in 1996 and handled play-by-play on UC’s local football and men’s basketball telecasts on FOX 19 from 1996-2000. He became the radio play-by-play voice in 2000.


The 2008 season marks the 16th year that powerhouse 700 WLW has served as the radio home of Cincinnati Athletics. Since 2003, the relationship has continued under an agreement with the UC athletics program’s multimedia rights-holder ISP Sports.


WLW’s signal can be heard in 38 states and seven countries via terrestrial radio, and nationwide via XM Satellite Radio Channel 173. UC is the only school in the nation which can boast of its entire schedule of coach’s shows, and regular season football and men’s basketball games carried on satellite radio.


“Dan Hoard is the finest broadcaster in the BIG EAST, bar none,” says UC Director of Athletics Mike Thomas. “His enthusiasm for University of Cincinnati sports is contagious and we are thrilled to have him back on the air for another contract. One of the great things about our broadcasts is that we are on a fantastic station in WLW and the story is being told by longtime Bearcats in Dan, Jim Kelly, and Chuck Machock, plus a pair of outstanding young broadcast professionals in Tom Gelehrter and Mo Egger.  Having these men as part of our athletics program is essential as we look to maintain our winning broadcast team, the same way we expect continuity from our sporting teams.”


Kelly has been a part of the Bearcats football broadcast team since the 1990 season, replacing former Bearcat passing star Greg Cook. Jim is the son of Jim Kelly, Sr., who had been associated with UC for over 40 years – 37 as an assistant coach and administrator. The senior Kelly had been a receiving star on the Sid Gillman-coached teams of the early 1950s. Jim, Jr., followed suit in the mid-1970s, starting for three seasons, but played on a run-oriented team. Kelly is a Sales Executive with Aramark and is a member a local band that was formed of UC friends, specializing in 70s music and musicians.


Machock has been associated with the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics for the past 19 years, yet his association actually began much earlier, as a student and a member of the basketball teams of the late 1950s. Machock was a teammate of Oscar Robertson for one season before launching his coaching career at area high schools while still a student at UC. Machock later capped a three-decade coaching career at UC, returning as the Bearcats’ volunteer coach in 1989. When the volunteer assistant coaching position was eliminated by the NCAA after the 1992 season, Machock became the analyst on the radio broadcasts, a position he has held since.


Gelehrter is in his second year as the sideline reporter for UC football broadcasts.  UC’s Manager of New Media and Broadcasting, Gelehrter is a 2002 graduate of Syracuse University and has worked for the past six years as a college sports broadcaster at both Cincinnati and the University of Akron.  A Cleveland native, Gelehrter has also spent time as a professional soccer announcer, calling Cleveland Force games during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.


Egger, the popular mid-day talk show host from 1530 Homer, the Sports Animal, has spent the last seven years with Clear Channel Cincinnati in various roles.  A New Jersey native and graduate of the University of Dayton, Egger has served  as the producer of UC football and men’s basketball for the last five years, and will begin his first year as host of the Bearcats’ pregame and postgame shows this fall.


Chuck Fredrick, President and Market Manager for Clear Channel Cincinnati said, “700 WLW is proud of our long-term association with the University of Cincinnati and are very proud of the excellent team of  broadcast professionals that we have on these games.  This partnership has been a strong one for many years and will continue to be so as Coaches Cronin and Kelly, and the leadership of AD Mike Thomas push UC to the top of the BIG EAST”.


Darryl  Parks, Director of AM Operations for Clear Channel Cincinnati said, “700 WLW will continue having Dan as one of the great personalities on the station. The past eight years, Dan’s voice, talent, and expertise in Bearcats sports have made him a star. We are very pleased to have Dan on ‘The Big One.’


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