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Born Dan Miller
Occupation TV: sportscaster, talk show host and Sports Department Director
radio: play-by-play announcer and host
Notable credit(s) TV: WJBK Sports Department Director, anchor and host of Fox 2 SportsWorks (1997-present)
NFL on Fox (1994-1997)
Detroit Lions Television Network (2001-2003) [1] Radio: Detroit Lions Radio Network play-by-play announcer and host of The Lions Round Table (2005-present)
Dan Miler's blog on MyFoxDetroit Official website

Dan Miller is an American sportscaster based in Detroit, Michigan.[2] He currently works as the sports director, anchor and host of the sports talk show SportsWorks on WJBK-TV ("Fox 2") and as a radio play-by-play announcer and host of The Lions Round Table (another sports talk show) on the Detroit Lions Radio Network.

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Early life

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Childhood

Mller was born in Washington, D.C. and raised there and in Northern Virginia. It was there he fell in love with sports. He played several sports as a child such as basketball, football, and baseball. He says his father wasn't a sports fan but he always took him to his games and practices.[3]

High school

As a teenager, Miller often attended Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins games with his father, who was a season ticket holder to the latter, even though "he didn't even know how to keep score", according to Miller. He also never missed one of his basketball, baseball or football games when Miller was on the team.[3]

College and early career

Upon graduating high school, Miller (with the help of a friend who also worked there), got a job at Mutual Radio Network affiliates WJLA and WTEM as a college student to help as an engineer for their weekend sportscasts. At the job interview, he was asked if he knew how to edit audio tape. He lied and said he could. He kept the job for 11 years.[3]

In 1992, Miller got a job at WTNT ("Sports Radio 570") in Washington, D.C. as an overnight talk show host and Washington Redskins beat reporter. He only worked there for 3 months.[3]

NFL on Fox

From 1994-1997, Miller was a play-by-play announcer for NFL on Fox's regional broadcasts.[3]

Current Positions

Television

In 1997 he joined Detroit's WJBK-TV (Fox 2) as sports director and on-air personality. He is the currently the sports director, sports anchor and host of weekly sports discussion show Sports Works on the station.[3] [4] Miller's voice can also be heard announcing during The Ford Lions Report when Lions highlights clips are shown. The program is broadcast statewide in Michigan and nationwide via DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket.

Miller also regularly appears via satellite to discuss the Lions on NFL Network's pre-game show NFL Game Day Morning during the "Word on the Street" segment.

Radio

Since 2005, Miller has been the the radio play-by-play announcer for the NFL's Detroit Lions.[5] as well the host of their official pre-game discussion show The Lions Roundtable on the Detroit Lions Radio Network,[6] teaming with long-time (1987-present) color commentator Jim Brandstatter, and sideline reporter Tony Ortiz. Miller replaced longtime Lions play-by-play man Mark Champion (1989-2004), who is now the radio announcer for the Detroit Pistons. This is not Miller's first stint as a Lions broadcaster, however; he was the play-by-play announcer for pre-season games on the Detroit Lions Television Network from 2001-2003.[1]

Miller also hosts The Lions Review Show Mondays at 7:00 PM ET on WXYT-FM during the NFL season.

Community involvement and awards

Miller is an active member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association founded in 1948 by pioneer Detroit Tigers announcer Ty Tyson.[7] The Detroit Free Press named Miller the "best local TV sportscaster" for 2004.[6]

Memorable calls

Clock ticks down here in Green Bay. The Lions find themselves in a very familiar position. For 16 weeks, starting in Atlanta back in September, they took the field thinking this was gonna be their day. Sixteen times they were wrong, and now there are no Sundays left. By record, they are the worst team in league history. Zero and 16, those are the numbers that will forever be associated with the Detroit Lions.

—Dan Miller, December 28, 2008, on the Detroit Lions Radio Network, after the Detroit Lions become the first team in the history of the NFL to go 0-16.

  • After the Lions defeated the Washington Redskins on September 27, 2009, snapping a 19 game losing streak, the 2nd longest in NFL history, Miller proclaimed:[9]
Three zeros on the clock! Game over! Losing streak over! Nightmare over!

—Dan Miller, September 27, 2009 on the Detroit Lions Radio Network.

Personal life

Miller is married and has 4 kids, 4 cats, and a dog.[3]

External links

References

  1. ^ a b Detroit Lions Official Site August 10, 2005 A New Era in Lions' Broadcast - Dan Miller Joins Longtime Color Commentator Jim Brandstatter to Call the Plays
  2. ^ Eichorn, George B. (2003). Detroit's Sports Broadcasters on the Air (illustrated ed.). page 96: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 128. ISBN 0738531669, 9780738531663. http://books.google.com/books?id=oJR_6f_G3eEC&pg=PA96&lpg=PA96&dq=Dan-Miller-Detroit-sports&source=bl&ots=tAbleaQmmA&sig=MByuHW8gHAKJObTVd03NGz6Lgxk&hl=en&ei=5MPoSYexPITytAPA1KXqAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "WJBK-TV Fox 2 Personalities". myfoxdetroit.com. http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/about_us/personalities/Dan_Miller_Bio. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  4. ^ "About Dan Miller". mlive.com. http://www.mlive.com/lions/chat/guests.ssf. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  5. ^ Detroit Lions Official Site: Current Radio Affiliates "Lions Radio Network Affiliates (as of June 15, 2008)". detroitlions.com. http://www.detroitlions.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=25&top=1&level=3 Detroit Lions Official Site: Current Radio Affiliates. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  6. ^ a b "Infinity Broadcasting's Live 97.1 names Dan Miller as new Lions play-by-play announcer". Detroit Lions press release. March 10, 2005. http://www.detroitlions.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=406151. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  7. ^ "DSBA Member Roster: Dan Miller biography". Detroit Sports Broadcasting Association. http://www.detroitsportsbroadcasters.com/member.php?memberid=220. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  8. ^ NFL Network - State of the Lions
  9. ^ NFL.com Highlights 2009 week 3 with radio calls

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