CLEVELAND– FOX Sports Net Ohio moved a step closer to launching its most ambitious project in the regional sports network’s history by naming Dan DeCrow (pronounced De‘ Crow) as the lead anchor for Ohio’s 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT. Steve Liverani, senior vice president and general manager, FOX Sports Net Ohio, made the announcement.
“FOX Sports Net has taken its ‘Home Team’ coverage to new heights with the 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT,” said Liverani. “The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT is a new product designed specifically for the Ohio sports fan. Local newscasts limit sports reporting to about three minutes a night, and research shows that 70 per cent of viewers are not satisfied with their current local sports news coverage. The half-hour 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT addresses this deficiency.”
“I’m looking forward to joining the FOX Sports Net team, and I can’t wait to begin covering the teams I grew up with,” said DeCrow. “It’s also exciting to be a part of a local network dedicated to Ohio sports through its live game coverage and the new 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT. I’m excited to be a part of this unique venture.”
DeCrow joins FOX Sports Net after spending the last three years as a sports anchor/reporter at WNWO-TV in Toledo. In addition to reporting on the local sports scene, including the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, DeCrow also covered such prestigious events as the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic and the NASCAR Winston Cup. During his tenure at WNWO-TV, DeCrow created, produced and co-hosted NBC 24 Friday Night Frenzy, a local high school football show.
Prior to joining WNWO-TV, DeCrow spent five years at WKEF-TV in Dayton where he began his career as a sports videographer. In 1995 he assumed the weekday sports reporter and weekend sports anchor position for the station, positions he held until moving to Toledo. DeCrow also worked as a play-by-play announcer for Wright State Basketball for a local cable affiliate. While at WKEF-TV, DeCrow reported on such events as the Indianapolis 500 and the PGA Memorial Golf Tournament in Columbus.
Raised in Salem, Ohio, DeCrow’s local broadcasting experience began as a sports reporter/director at WOUB-TV in Athens, Ohio (1988-92) where he covered Ohio University football and basketball. DeCrow was also on the set as the sports anchor for Newswatch, a 30-minute, nightly newscast. DeCrow graduated with a B.S. degree in Telecommunications from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT, a 30-minute live local sports news show launches on Monday, July 31, at 11 PM. Concentrating on local sports stories from all corners of Ohio, the 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT is a complement to FOX Sports Net’s NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT at 10 PM and midnight. The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT provides heavy emphasis on key local stories and scores, and also important national stories and how they impact local fans.
The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT venture is the first of its kind, anywhere. The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be a nightly half-hour of Ohio sports news for Ohio sports fans; gathered, produced and delivered by experienced Ohio news men and women.
All the reporting and news gathering for 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be done locally, with teams of full-time reporters, correspondents and videographers located throughout the state, dedicated 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to covering Ohio sports news.
Announcements of other appointments related to the 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be made on a periodic basis leading up to the show’s July 31 launch.
FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and the FOX Entertainment Group. FOX Sports Net now reaches more than 70 million homes nationwide.
Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., has dedicated itself to “Home Team” fans for more than 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow Media’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, majority ownership of the Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of FOX Sports Net regional networks in six of the nation’s largest markets — Chicago, Florida, New England, New York, Ohio and San Francisco. MediaOne has a 50 percent interest in FOX Sports Net New England.