Marty Bannister


Exceptional broadcasting professional bringing extensive radio and television experience, including 35 years of play-by-play, anchoring, hosting, and reporting.


Effective interviewer-Strong interpersonal skills-Focused-Self-motivated-Media relations training-Print and electronic media-Compelling public speaker-Dedicated team player-Positive attitude


Television Play-by-Play Announcer
November 2016 to current
Ohio University Athletics/ESPN 3, Athens, OH:
Play-by-Play Announcer for Ohio University men's and women's basketball games, televised and streamed on ESPN 3.

Play-by-Play Announcer
November 2016 to current
Ohio-IMG Sports Network, Athens, OH:
Fill-in play-by-play announcer for Ohio University men's basketball games on statewide radio network.

Play-by-Play Announcer/Sideline Reporter
August 2016 to current
Spectrum Television Sports, Columbus, OH: Play-by-Play Announcer and Sideline reporter for College and High School Sports coverage on statewide television outlet.

Play-by-Play Announcer:
July 2016 to current
Ashland University Athletics, Ashland, OH: Radio play-by-play announcer for coverage of both Ashland University men's and women's basketball. Fill-in play-by-play announcer for 
Ashland football.

Podcast Show Host:
October 2016 to current
EB Sports Network, Columbus, OH: Host and producer of weekly one hour live podcast show. Topics include sports, pop culture, local news, and entertainment.

Play-by-Play Announcer/Anchor:
October 2003 to April 2016
Ohio State-IMG Sports Network - Columbus, OH
Conducted play-by-play, or was part of the on-air broadcast team, of close to 100 events on a yearly basis on the Ohio State-IMG Sports Network. Lead play-by-play announcer for Ohio State women's basketball, Ohio State baseball, and primary backup play-by-play announcer for Ohio State football and mens basketball. Sideline reporter on coverage of Ohio State football games..

August 2011 to April 2016
RadiOhio, Inc., WBNS AM/FM - Columbus, OH
Present local and national sports updates on an hourly basis during the highly rated morning drive portion of the broadcast schedule. Responsible for gathering audio, writing, and delivering sportscasts, and tracking local stories. Similar duties on a daily basis are performed for the Ohio News Network, a statewide news and sports organization. Fill-in news anchor for Ohio News Network.

News Bureau Chief/Traffic Anchor:
December 2005 to June 2009
MetroNews Network/Westwood One - Columbus, OH
In charge of generating, developing, producing, writing and the on air presentation of news stories from Central Ohio to be fed to network affiliates, as well as the national news desk. Morning drive on air traffic reporter for a cluster of 6 radio stations spread out across Ohio. Monitored local, regional, and statewide police and traffic scanners for up to the minute traffic updates. Wrote and produced the updates, and performed news and sports updates for affiliate stations.

Play-by-Play Announcer:
February 2004 to December 2007
Columbus Destroyers, Inc., - Columbus, OH
Lead play-by-play announcer for Columbus Destroyers Arena Football League franchise. Conducted on-air game description, pre-game and post-game coach and player interviews. Formulated and implemented game broadcast format, and established and maintained the 10 station radio network.

Play-By-Play Announcer:
October 1998 to March 2005
Time Warner Television - Dayton, OH
Lead play-by-play announcer for telecasts of Wright State University basketball, baseball, and softball, and for coverage of Bowling Green State University football. Conducted on air game descriptions, interviews with coaches, players, and other selected guests.

Sports Director/Play-by-Play Announcer:
August 1992 to September 2005
WIZE/WBLY Radio - Springfield/Dayton, OH Morning drive news and sports anchor. Responsibilities included gathering, writing, and the on-air delivery of stories, along with generating audio for use during news and sportscasts. As sports director, served as the "Voice" of the Wittenberg Tigers football, basketball, and baseball broadcasts. Performed play-by-play as well of area high school football, basketball, and baseball. Hosted and produced sports talk and coaches shows.

Sports Producer/Sports Anchor:
August 1981 to August 1992
RadiOhio, Inc., WBNS AM/FM - Columbus, OH
Producer/engineer/fill in host of nightly five hour sports call-in show. Duties included the booking of show guests, selecting topics for discussion, and maintaining strong ties with local sports entities and personalities. Morning and afternoon drive sports anchor. Producer, on-site engineer, and pre and post game show host for coverage of Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball.

Other Career Opportunities:

WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH: March 2004-June 2005...Fill in "on camera" traffic reporter during morning drive news block.

FOX Sports/ESPN Regional Television: 2000-2001....Play-by-Play Announcer for Midwest Collegiate Conference women's championship basketball tournament.

Ohio News Network Television: 1999-2005....Play-by-Play announcer for Ohio High School state football, and boys and girls basketball, championship tournaments. Play-by-Play announcer for coverage of Ohio State women's basketball, baseball, ice hockey, and wrestling.

OHSAA Radio Network: March 2012-Current. Play-by-Play announcer for statewide radio coverage of football, baseball, and boys and girls state basketball title games


Paul Keels
Play-by-Play voice of the Ohio State Buckeyes

Kevin McGuff
Women's head basketball coach, The Ohio State University

Katie Smith
Olympic Gold medal winner/Color Analyst ESPN-Big Ten Network

Stephanie White
Head coach, WNBA Indiana Fever/Vanderbilt University Color Analyst Big Ten Network/ESPN

Tim Newton
Play-by-Play voice of the Purdue Boilermakers


Associates Degree/Journalism.....The American Schools, Columbus, OH 1983