Sportscaster Dan Lovallo comments on sports, with an emphasis on baseball, golf and the sports media.
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.