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Sports media: Whitecaps' Dan Hasty named lead voice for UDM basketball

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Dan Hasty, right, talks with Roger Clemens during the legendary pitcher's visit to West Michigan earlier this summer.

The Detroit Mercy men's basketball program has a new voice at the top, in head coach Mike Davis.

And now, the Titans have a new voice on the radio, in up-and-coming broadcaster Dan Hasty.

Hasty was named the new radio play-by-play man last week, and will call the team's games on the Superstation, 910-AM.  Hasty succeeds Cliff Russell, who died suddenly in February at the age of 61.

"After growing up and working in Detroit, I’m thrilled to be back and with Detroit Mercy," Hasty told The News recently. "Titans fans deserve a great product, and Mike Davis was a terrific choice to help turn things around. I’m thrilled to be a part of something I think will bring so much joy to the City of Detroit."

Hasty, a 2007 graduate of Central Michigan and Sterling Heights Stevenson alum, currently is the radio voice of the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Tigers' Single-A affiliate in Comstock Park and was named the 2017 Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year. He recently called Saginaw Valley State men's and women's basketball games.

Before joining the Whitecaps, Hasty, 33, spent four years at 97.1 The Ticket as a host, anchor and producer. He had various roles on Lions, Tigers and Red Wings radio broadcasts, and this spring Hasty experienced the thrill of a lifetime when he filled in for Dan Dickerson to call a pair of Tigers spring-training games.

Also on his resume: studio work for Wake Forest and Houston basketball and football, and play-by-play duties with the Great Lakes Loons from 2007-09 and the Traverse City Beach Bums in 2011.

Detroit Mercy athletic director Robert Vowels said there was "significant interest" in the position.

"But Dan's experienced background and his passion for the university and the city were ideal to take over as the voice of the Titans," Vowels said. "He will do an outstanding job delivering Detroit Mercy basketball to all of our fans and will carry on a great tradition of radio voices that we have in our program's history."

Hasty's wife, Angelina, is a 2014 graduate of Detroit Mercy's physican-assistant program.

Ruhl adds to resume

If you spend just 10 minutes with Neal Ruhl, he'll have you pretty darn convinced soccer is on the cusp of becoming one of the United States' four major professional sports.

And so, it's no surprise, he's hitching a ride to that wagon.

He announced Tuesday he has signed on to do a series of United Soccer League matches for ESPN-Plus. His first match will be Aug. 25, St. Louis FC against Tulsa.

Ruhl, 41, has called soccer matches for the last several years, including as the voice of the Detroit City Football Club, as well as at Oakland University.

His dream is to be, in some way, involved in the World Cup broadcasts when the international soccer tournament comes to the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026.

Ruhl joined the Oakland men's basketball broadcast team in 2009, working alongside Mario Impemba, and has been the lead play-by-play voice since 2013, calling games on WDFN 1130-AM and TV20.

Schneider dies at 67

Former Metro Detroit sports-media personality Kurt Schneider died Thursday. The Warren resident was 67.

Schneider held a variety of roles over the years, and was the only three-term president of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association. 

"He mentored many sports anchors and reporters, and was a tireless supporter of everything surrounding our mission as an organization, and for that we are forever grateful," said Trevor Thompson, the current president. "We offer I our deepest condolences to the entire Schneider family. Kurt will be sorely missed."

Schneider spent five decades in the Detroit sports scene, working for 11 different area radio and television stations, including WJR 760-AM and WWJ 950-AM. He worked on broadcasts for the Red Wings, Pistons, Michigan State football, Oakland men's basketball and state high-school football and basketball finals. He also was a local wrestling promoter, and was involved in the famed WrestleMania III at the Silverdome.

In addition, Schneider coached hockey at Wayne State from 1970-75, was the owner of MCW Communications, and co-founded Phone Programs, a sports call-in scoreboard.

Schneider is survived by wife Christine, two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren. A memorial is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park in Grosse Pointe Woods.