by Jim Quist @ACCTheQ
The news of Mike Hogewood passing brought back a lot of great memories of a time gone by in the ACC.
We tend to take for granted the ease at which we can access conference football and basketball games through television plus our phones and tablets. There was a time when local television was the only game in town. Cable? A mere luxury for bigger cities.
Saturday’s were special for me. It was time for college football and the odds were a station would be carrying a conference game. It really didn’t matter what team at that point. There was Mike, a friendly, everyday kind of guy that you could relate to. He knew the game and shared his excitement with you. Relatable is the word.
Those rare basketball games during the week? If you were lucky enough to wrestle the television away from the rest of the family then you were made a part of the crowd at those games. I can’t tell you how often Mike and the crew at Jefferson Pilot Sports, later Raycom Sports made me feel like I was sitting right behind Dean Smith.
Mike Hogewood Remembered
I’ve heard, seen and known more than my fair share of sports broadcasters across the years. It’s a special skill to get an audience that wrapped up in a game. For radio, it’s theatre of the mind. It takes extra skill to make that happen for television. Just think of all the people who turn down the audio on their tv and listen to the radio play-by-play crew even today.
Later in life, working with a talented duo (Patrick Hite, Chris Graham) who were early explorers of podcasting we were fortunate to have Mike as a guest. How big was that audience? It didn’t matter to Mike. He was interested in talking with anybody and everybody about sports. A personable, knowledgeable and affable man he was always a treat as a guest.
Mike was always willing to spend time speaking with us at conference basketball and football media days as well. It might have only been for a minute but he made the time and it won’t be forgotten.
Who was Mike Hogewood? Certainly a lover of sports. You didn’t have to be from North Carolina to know he was Sports Director at WGHP-TV from 1985-1987 and then WFMY-TV from 1987-2001. With a tall antenna and booster you could get both stations easily in Virginia and other states.
Mike Hogewood Remembered
In addition to the aforementioned coverage of ACC basketball and football he had one or two other gigs as well. He anchored coverage of Nextel Cup NASCAR races and did play-by-play for FSN South, Sun Sports, New England Sports Network, Comcast SportsNet, HDNet and the Speed Channel.
He also covered Monster Jam for The Nashville Network from 2000-2002 and HDNet’s special coverage of professional wrestling on the program, Ring of Honor.
Hogewood also hosted ACC Football Today, ACC Basketball Today, Saturdays in the South and the Emmy Award winning ACC All Access.
After 26 years in sports broadcasting Hogewood retired in 2013 but he kept on contributing. He was a communications instructor at Catawba College. Hogewood provided play-by-play for the school’s opening football game on Saturday.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford released this statement:
“Mike was a dear friend of the ACC for as long as I can remember. Whether it was ACC Football, Basketball or Olympic Sports, he consistently brought his wealth of knowledge to fans across the league. He was a pillar of the Greensboro sports community from his many years as a sports anchor at WGHP and WFMY. Mike will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
From my conversations and seeing the reaction to his passing, It’s obvious Mike left us all with a bit of who he was. That’s all that anyone can ever hope for in life.
Mike Hogewood passed away on September 5, eight days shy of his 64th birthday.