Growing up in the small town of Spencerville, Ohio with one brother Michael was always active in sports. It was this love of playing multiple sports as a young age that helped him decide early that he wanted to be a broadcaster. While not always the best athlete on the field it became clear to others that he had the talent and drive to one day attempt to become as his father Ted always used to say “better than Chris Berman one day”.
At the age of sixteen, Michael caught his first break in his chase as he was taken under the wing of veteran disc jockey and sportscaster Aaron Matthews. While interning with Mr. Matthews on Friday nights at the local radio station in Lima, Ohio then known as 92 Zoo, Michael began to learn some of the ins and outs of the broadcasting business. Taking calls became a regular part of his Friday night gigs, but it wasn’t until he was put on the air with Matthews reading sports scores and interacting in a live environment that Michael realized just exactly how he wanted to make his mark on the world.
After his first taste of radio came to an end, Michael began working part-time and weekends as a board op and occasional dj at a station in Celina, Ohio called WCSM under the guidance of Jim “The Riot” Hyatt and Jonathan Williams. Working in a small town setting like Celina allowed Michael to grow as a personality in and become more comfortable in front of the microphone, a skill that would prove to be valuable down the road in more ways than one.
While attending Hocking College located in Nelsonville, Ohio, Michael was hired by a country station WLGN in nearby Logan, Ohio. Hosting a small time show that dealt mostly with helping people within the community sell their items over the radio once again helped in Michael’s development and growth in dealing with the public.
Following a couple of other radio opportunities, Michael branched out into television when he began working for WOHL-Fox 25 located in Lima, Ohio in 2002 in the Master Control department. Learning how television worked inside the box so to speak and working with talented professionals and broadcasters definitely helped to move along Michael’s development as a future broadcaster as he was able to sit and pick the brains of local television veteran play by play and color commentators on a weekly basis and learn how a game is put together.
Probably the biggest break up to this point in Michael’s career was a chance to once again team up with his mentor and friend Aaron Matthews. Beginning with the 2009 season Aaron brought Michael on board as the Lima Warriors Semi-Pro Football team’s color commentator. After one season together in the booth Michael was promoted to play by play broadcaster when Matthews left to become a coach on the Warriors staff. 2013 marked the 4th season for Michael as the teams primary play by play broadcaster during their games that run from May to September and can be found online at www.limawarriors.com each and every Saturday night during the season. In 2011 Michael was also named Interactive Communications Director for the club until parting ways in early 2014.
In addition to his semi-pro football duties, Michael has been a part of the broadcast team at Zsportslive, the online home of both boys and girls sports coverage in Putnam County, Ohio under the tutelage of Dave Boninsegna and Steve Wiener since 2011.
In late 2011 Michael began work with another television entity as the Sports Director for WWRD-RTV32 based out of Dayton, Ohio. In his time there he was responsible for scheduling the football, basketball and even soccer games that would be broadcast by the station. Never one to be shy about being on the air, Michael also assumed the role of both play by play broadcaster for all three sports as well as sideline reporter for football games until he left in 2013 to pursue other opportunities.
Top Billing Sports is also where you can find some of Michael’s work as he is a member of the team on www.topbillingsports.com and a frequent contributor to their articles. Helping out when needed, Michael provides an analyst role on live broadcasts in both the color and play by play capacity.
Growing up as a huge wrestling fan Michael jumped at the chance to be a part of the commentary team for War Wrestling when asked in 2009 and has served as the product’s primary play by play commentator the past five years. Recently the promotion has started to produce DVD’s as well as venturing into the internet pay-per-view realm where you can now also hear his voice, as well as read his articles on www.warwrestling.com and on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/McCormickPBP
Of all of the opportunities that have come his way, Michael is most proud of his work this past football season with IBN Sports as the play by play commentator for their coverage of 2012 OHSAA State Semi-Finals participant Mentor High School. Working with IBN Sports was an invaluable learning experience as well as career boost for Michael.
2014 has begun a branching out of sorts for Michael as not only has he has signed to become the voice of the Northeast Ohio Predators Semi Pro Football Team as they begin their second season in the PAFL (www.neopredators.com) in addition to doing play by play for the NCCAA Tournament that took place in Winona Lake, Indiana in late March through the Tourbeau Sports Group.
Starting in November of the same year Michael began as a Play by Play announcer and eventually Sports Director of Celina, Ohio based Rock formatted station WKKI, K94.3 where he has since become the stations primary sports voice.
In learning how to hone his craft and continue to grow as a personality, Michael has learned to pride himself on his prep work for each broadcast. For each game he will spend multiple hours studying teams, rosters, stats and tendencies to put forth the best broadcast possible, regardless of which medium it is being broadcast on. “Treat every broadcast like it is the most important thing you will ever call” is the motto I have been taught and live by to this day.
Another outlet Michael has begun work on is https://pbpstories.wordpress.com/ in an effort to not only learn from other broadcasters but to also help other broadcasters learn and grow with stories and tips from professionals in their field that have had success.
Michael is a proud member of Sports Talent Agency of America. Please take a look at his bio located at http://www.staatalent.com/client/michael-hirn/
In late 2012 Sports Networker named Michael one of their “Rising Stars in Sportsbiz in 2013”: http://www.sportsnetworker.com/2013/01/01/rising-stars-in-sportsbiz-in-2013/