Neal Ruhl is best known for his sports broadcasting work at WXOU… but it did not start that way.
When he walked out of an on-air read for a journalism class, Steve Staeger – who now does TV in Denver – complimented Ruhl and suggested he get a show. Since he loved sports talk radio so much, that is exactly what he did.
Ruhl’s time at WXOU stretched from 2007 to 2010. First, he joined an already existing sports talk show with Chris Thompson and Jason Kraatz. Next, he started his own sports talk show called “Real Deal on Sports” with Kyle Bauer and Michael Parsons. During that time, he also did the pre-game, halftime, and post game shows for men’s basketball broadcasts. He assumed the play-by-play duties for those broadcasts the following season.
Because of Ruhl’s time at WXOU, he was offered the chance to work on the professional broadcasts of Oakland University basketball games on 1130AM WDFN with Detroit Tigers broadcaster, Mario Impemba.
“Mario and I worked together for four years and had a blast… formed a great friendship (we still remain in close contact today) and more important than that, he taught me how to be a professional in this business.”
Since that time, he was named the Coordinator of Broadcasting at OU where he broadcasts close to 100 games a year for TV20, 1130AM WDFN, and ESPN3. He has also done sports talk radio for ESPN Radio in Detroit, as well as filled in as the play-by-play guy for the Detroit Pistons radio network. His most recent accomplishment is being named the play-by-play broadcaster for DCFC Detroit City Football Club.
“If you want to be in radio, you would be foolish not to work at WXOU. Broadcasting is all about the raps. It gives you the chance for real experience. If I didn’t have the chance I had at WXOU, there is no way I would be where I am today in broadcasting, no question about it…”
Ruhl says he is always open to doing whatever he can for WXOU. “I feel proud not only of the stuff I have done in broadcasting coming from WXOU, but also feel pride in the work that Steve Staeger, Lauren Podell, Dave Kim, Mike Parsons, etc. have done in the broadcasting field as well.”