by Scott Kindberg
January 12, 2021
Hoard Honored As Ohio Sportscaster Of The Year Again
Dan Hoard has told the stories of collegiate and professional athletes/teams on radio and television for decades.
Based on his most recent honor, the Lakewood native continues to be at the top of his game.
Hoard, the radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals as well as the University of Cincinnati football and men’s basketball teams, has been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year for 2020, the fourth time he has been so recognized by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Hoard, a Southwestern Central School and Syracuse University graduate, received the same honor in 2014, 2017 and 2019.
Beginning his broadcasting career as the radio voice of the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team of the International League, Hoard, according to Wikipedia, transitioned into television as the sports director at WTVH-TV in Syracuse before moving to WXIX-TV in Cincinnati in 1994. There, Hoard added University of Cincinnati football and basketball radio play-by-play duties and, later, began hosting the Cincinnati Reds TV pregame show on Fox Sports Ohio.
In 2006, Hoard returned to baseball play-by-play broadcasting as the TV/radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox. In 2011, he moved back to Cincinnati when he was hired to replace Brad Johansen as the radio voice of the Bengals.
Hoard was inducted into the University of Cincinnati James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.