A native of Highland, Indiana (Region love, practically from Chicago), Vaso grew up in a family that had deep sports roots. His father Jim, played college basketball for four years, making it to the Junior College National Championship in the late 70s and winning the first ever GLVC championship while captaining the St. Joe’s Pumas. His mother Maria, was a cheerleader on the 1971 East Chicago Washington Senators State Championship basketball team (arguably the greatest high school hoops team in Indiana history). Vaso's older brother Jimmy also played basketball in high school and earned a scholarship to play collegiately. His sister Georgieann, was a standout high school volleyball and basketball player in high school leading her teams to the semi-state in volleyball and several sectional and regional championships on the hardwood.
After playing varsity football and golf (he was also a standout, third-string first baseman and scorebook keeper on his freshman baseball team as well as a B-Team Bomber on his freshman basketball team) in high school. After high school Vaso headed to Indiana State to study communication and he found his true love. Radio.
After two months at Indiana State, Vaso began working at the award winning college radio station WISU 89.7 FM as a women's basketball broadcaster. WISU is known for producing numerous professional radio broadcasters like Ben Wagner, Brent Holl, Brian Jennings to name a few. After one semester at WISU Vaso was asked by the late Dave Sabaini (his mentor and friend) the Director of Audio at WISU to assume the duties as Sports Director and he gratefully accepted. During his time at WISU Vaso went on to broadcast ISU football, baseball, softball, and men's and women's basketball as the lead play-by-play broadcaster, while creating “Sports Extra” a sports talk show that aired two times a week on the student station. Sports Extra reached the milestone of airing it's 100th episode in the spring semester of 2011. That same spring Vaso graduated from Indiana State University with BA in Communication, with a minor in Sport and Recreation Management.
During the summer of 2010, Vaso interned at one of the most prestigious sports talk stations in the country, WSCR 670 The Score in Chicago. At The Score Vaso worked on The Danny Mac Show (now known as the McNeil and Spiegel Show), hosted by Dan McNeil who also graduated from High High School. Vaso treasured his time at The Score learning the ins and outs of sports radio. Vaso attributes a lot of his radio knowledge to those at The Score who he learned from including, Dan McNeil, Dave Miska, Nick Shepkowski, Matt Spiegel, Jay Zawaski.
In the summer of 2011 Vaso accepted a job at ESPN Sports Radio 92.7/AM-1300 to fill the 5-7 p.m. time slot, bringing him back to the Wabash Valley airwaves. With his knowledge of ISU athletics, Vaso wanted to keep his show based on ISU sports while covering local and national stories. He held that position as well as the being the Sports Director and Production Manager until the sale of the station. After the station was sold, Vaso accepted the Sports Director position at WFNF AM-1130 The Fan. Along with daily, local sports updates, Vaso will also blog for the website and post weekly podcasts discussing national and local topics.
Vaso Michels resides in Terre Haute, and is an avid golfer. You can follow Vaso on Twitter @vaso_michels
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