As has been documented over the last few days, UND play-by-play announcer Dan Hammer will be leaving his position at Radio Fargo-Moorhead to take a position at KVLY TV as its sports director.Â Hammer has been calling UND Football games since the 2004 season.Â We thank Dan for his service, will miss him, and wish him the best in the future.
In losing Hammer, UND loses a great play-by-play announcer who had great chemistry with current color commentator Mike Berg.Â Both did their homework in great detail prior to each game and came well-prepared on gamedays.Â The athletic department needs to keep Berg around regardless.Â His passion for UND Football and overall knowledge of the game is a perfect complement for whoever is hired next as play-by-play.
We hope that UND’s administration doesn’t take the next hiring lightly.Â The easy thing to do would be to just handpick someone locally without looking around to see what’s available out there.Â It is our hope that they will take the time to open it up, interview a few ‘outsiders’ and then choose the best candidate.Â If after the process plays out, it is decided that we have the best person locally, then so be it.Â But this hiring is important.Â This will be the voice of UND Football heading into what is no doubt its most important years as a Division 1 program and into the fledgling years of the Big Sky Conference.
UND’s last three play-by-play voices were Scott Miller, Ed Schultz and Dan Hammer.Â Love them or hate them, all did an outstanding job calling football and bringing the game to your living room or car.Â We have been very lucky and spoiled to have all of them.Â They made you excited to listen to the game on the radio if you weren’t able to attend the game in person.
We, as well as all the other Sioux Football fans, want the next “Voice of UND Football” to make us excited to listen to their unique call of the game each week.
UND Athletic Administration and Brian Faison:Â Please do not take this hiring lightly….make the GREAT hire.