In The Locker Room with Dave “The Dino” DeNatale
Dave DeNatale graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications. After stops at radio stations in Elyria and Defiance, Ohio and Caro, Michigan, he became Sports Director at WOBL AM 1320 in 2000. He became the “Voice of the Yeomen football team” in 2002, adding men’s and women’s basketball to his repertoire in 2004.
MK: How did you get started in sports radio? Did you wake up one day and
think to yourself, “My God, I have a sexy and soothing voice that is
destined to be carried over radio waves?”
MK: You covered major Division I sports at Bowling Green and hundreds of
Division III sporting events. Do you find the same energy, enthusiasm and
excitement at both levels?
MK: You are an experienced and award-winning announcer. But tell us about
a few of your funny follies you may have made live on the air.
MK: How did you get the nickname “Dino?” I am trying to get
into radio broadcasting. What type of nickname goes well with Matthew Aaron
Kaplan? I need a nickname!
MK: Your commentary and play-by-play for WOBL is considered some of the
best in the region. How long before we see you on ESPN Radio? What is your dream
MK: You have broadcast all the home Yeomen and Yeowomen basketball events
for 1320 WOBL. What are your thoughts on
I think we’ll have a better idea on the men once sophomore Jordan Beard returns [currently out with a knee injury]. Oberlin has really missed having him run the offense. Once he returns, we’ll have a much better idea as to how good this team might be this season.
MK: What are your thoughts on calling games from the press perch above the
south basket in Philips Gymnasium? How does Philips Gymnasium compare to some of
the other facilities in the NCAC?
MK: What is more difficult: Defending Jesse Oram in the post or
broadcasting synchronized swimming? Trying to tackle Chris Schubert on a kick
return or being Bill Walton’s color man?
MK: Lastly, what other types of programs and broadcasting shows can we
catch on 1320 WOBL?