I’ve worked in the broadcast industry for over 40 years, announcing news and sports. Most recently, I have been broadcasting professional baseball games for the Hartford Yard Goats on iHeart radio and MiLB-TV, high school football games on WJMJ radio and select men’s and women’s college basketball games for the University of Hartford on ESPN. I also host two podcasts, “The Baseball Podcast” and “The Sportscaster Dan Podcast,” and co-host another podcast with meteorologist Brad Field entitled “Brad Field Weather.”
I began my radio career in high school, broadcasting the 1972 Torrington High Thanksgiving Day football game. After attending the University of Connecticut, I returned to my hometown of Torrington, broadcasting news and sports for WSNG AM-610. My talk show, “Sound Off,” proved to be a popular sounding board for callers and listeners alike.
In 1981, I began my writing career, serving as sports editor of the Winsted Citizen.
In 1983, I pursued my dream of broadcasting professional baseball, leaving the region to broadcast the games of the Kinston, NC Blue Jays and Richmond, VA Braves.
In 1993, I returned to my hometown, where I started broadcasting a very popular, no-holes barred talk show, “Talk of the County.” During this period Buckley Broadcasting purchased the station and made it part of a four-station AM network, including flagship station WDRC in Hartford. I became the news and sports director for the network, joining the legendary Brad Davis and his morning radio broadcast. I also served as a fill-in for Davis.
Along the way, I returned to play-by-play sports, broadcasting games of pro baseball’s New Britain Rock Cats, pro basketball’s New England Blizzard and Connecticut Pride, and University of Hartford men’s college basketball. For 20 years I also served as the radio voice of the internationally renowned Thanksgiving Day Manchester Road Race.
In March of 2006, I landed my own afternoon talk show on Buckley’s Talk of Connecticut network. The main focus was politics and current events. I also highlighted consumer news, technology and sports, during the program’s six-year run. My run at the cluster ended temporarily in February of 2012, but resumed two years later in a fill-in capacity.
In January 2016, I returned to the Talk of Connecticut to host a weekday business program, “Front & Center,” while also broadcasting games for the Hartford Yard Goats and high school football.
In January 2017, I rejoined Davis to co-host the “Brad & Dan Show” on the then Connoisseur Media-owned Talk of Connecticut stations. I also hosted a political talk show “CT On The Hill.” Alas, in April 2018, the station cluster was sold again and I departed to return solely to the sportscasting field, continuing to fulfill my passion of sports broadcasting and podcasting.
I hope the next 40-plus years will be as fun and exciting as the previous 40-plus have, and with your support, I know they will.