MIKE DANAIS (left) and Charlie Hossack host Mike and The Hoss on WASR on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
January 13, 2021WOLFEBORO — Mike Danais and Charlie Hossack have spent many years on the sidelines for the local sports teams, both coaching and watching their children compete in a wide variety of sports.
So, it's safe to say they have plenty of opinions about sports. And a few years ago, while Danais was broadcasting football games for Wolfeboro Community Television, he would interview Hossack (who was then a coach) at halftime and they found a good rhythm.
Eventually, Hossack moved up to the television booth with Danais and WCTV manager Tim Goodwin approached them about doing a sports talk show for the network.
"We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into," said Danais.
They recorded that show once a week in the WCTV studios at the high school and last August, they met with new WASR station manager Eric Scott, who talked them into doing a live sports call-in show on the local radio station.
However, when the opportunity recently came up for Mike and The Hoss to air a second day live on the radio, the duo jumped at the chance and now offer up their opinions and welcome your phone calls every Tuesday and Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. live on WASR, 1420 AM and 97.1 FM.
With the two shows a week on the radio, the duo found they didn't have time to also record the television version, so instead, they are putting the show live on Facebook and Goodwin has been able to take that feed and adjust it to work on WCTV.
Additionally, the show is available in podcast form at WASR.net.
The show essentially talks all things local sports but also has plenty of talk of New England sports and of issues on the national level as well. With Kingswood yet to get the approval to play any winter sports, much of the discussion recently has been focusing on the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics as they either wrap up their seasons or kick off their seasons.
"For the first show, we prepped for hours because we didn't know what to do," Hossack said. "We wanted to make sure that Kingswood sports were getting covered and then get into regional and professional sports."
Over the course of the years on both WCTV and WASR, Mike and The Hoss have usually had at least one Kingswood coach on every week, including football coach Paul Landry each week during the fall season. They are also looking to get Kingswood athletes, both past and present, on the show in the coming months. Doran Independent Insurance has sponsored the Kingswood hotline, where coaches can call in.
"And anybody who wants to have an athletic event, we can promote it," Danais stated.
Broadcasting live means that Mike and The Hoss can take phone calls from listeners (569-5253), something they weren't able to do on the television show.
Additionally, they are adding trivia on Friday and have also incorporated Scott into the show, answering questions that he might have about sports. Last week's question involved the "mid-level exception" in the NBA. Danais noted he should have a law degree after diving deep into the NBA's salary cap rules to get Scott the answer he was looking for.
Mike and The Hoss on WASR is powered by The Yum Yum Shop of Wolfeboro and is also sponsored by a large group of local businesses, including Fae Moore at Berkshire Hathaway, Seacoast Spine and Sports Injury Clinic, Skelley's Market, Water's Edge Salon, Lucas Roasting Company, Doran Independent Insurance, Full Belli Bar and Grill and Deli, Bradley's Hardware, Carroll County Oil, Weston Auto, Linda's Flowers and Downtown Grille and Café.
Mike and The Hoss can be heard each Tuesday and Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on WASR, 1420 AM and 97.1 FM. It can also be viewed on the Mike and The Hoss Facebook page and can be listened to online at WASR.net. The show also airs later in the week on Wolfeboro Community Television.
Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.