New UND Radio Voice

It was released today via FightingSioux.com that Jack Michaels, the longtime radio icon from the Bismarck-Mandan area, has been named the new play-by-play voice for Fighting Sioux Football.  He will replace Dan Hammer, who left the radio business to move over to the TV side of things at KVLY-TV11.

Michaels was voice of the Mary Marauders for the past 5 seasons and will bring a wealth of experience to calling UND football games.  UND AD Brian Faison has caught a lot of flack lately for his football scheduling and the name issue but we have to commend him on this move.  Like we stated earlier here,  this was very important and is a “grand-slam” type of hire.  UND could not have gotten anybody better.

We are assuming Mike Berg will continue to be the color guy for broadcasts since we haven’t heard differently.  He has done a great job and we enjoy his insights as a former coach.

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8 Responses to New UND Radio Voice

  1. sioux forever says:

    I certainly enjoy Jack’s work but radio icon? If you think hiring Jack Michaels will improve Mr. Faison’s image among Sioux alumni/fans, you might want to lay off the meds. He’s about as popular as Rocky Hager would be working Sioux broadcasts.

    Let’s hope Mike Berg continues to work in the color commentary chair.

    • Avatar of oskie oskie says:

      Jack is a big name in the state, especially out west. Our point is that this is as good of a hire as Faison could have made. At no point did we say Faison is off the hook for past actions. Simply giving the man credit when he gets one right, something others should look in to.

  2. disappointed says:

    So UND hires just a voice. I’ve listened to his show many times and this guy pretends to be interested in UND athletics but doesn’t know squat. this hire sucks. guess I won’t be listening to UND football games on the radio.

    • homer says:

      Usually you hire “just a voice” to do radio. Its not TV.

      Jack Michaels does a good job in Bismarck on his show and gives most of his time to sports out west. I don’t know what you expect as he gave equal amount of time to the big schools which was next to nothing. People in the western part of the state enjoyed him for that. How much UND do you suppose he would have covered in Fargo if he wasn’t doing football games? This is a great hire and his one hour show will be a lot like Hammer was during football season, more Sioux talk than bison. Gotta love that on a Fargo radio station.

      • nd1sufan says:

        I don’t think Michael’s radio show will be more about UND athletics than NDSU’s. You have an NDSU Alum and fan hosting a show on a radio station that has the rights to NDSU athletics. Hammer started featuring UND athletics while Radio Fargo-Moorhead still had radio rights to UND athletics. Michaels will be a great announcer for UND football, but I don’t expect him to be one of their cheerleaders.

        • homer says:

          I don’t know how much of a cheerleader he’ll be but he’ll have his own radio show and he’ll be spending a lot more time around UND football than ndsu. I’m guessing they’ll get equal time. Try to find a Grand Forks radio station that spends any amount of time covering ndsu. I love this hire by Faison.

  3. siouxguy says:

    I’m guessing if there would have been an uber talented diehard Sioux fan in the running for this job they probably would have gotten the nod; but the reality is there wasn’t. Jack will be up to speed on all things UND and will be fun to listen to.

  4. UND Fan says:

    disappointed says:
    April 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    So UND hires just a voice. I’ve listened to his show many times and this guy pretends to be interested in UND athletics but doesn’t know squat. this hire sucks. guess I won’t be listening to UND football games on the radio.

    Spoken like a true Bison fan……

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