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Duff leaves 92.9 FM ‘The Ticket’ to join WHOU broadcast team

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Dale Duff began his long and impressive broadcasting career in 1974 at WHOU radio (100.1 FM) in his hometown of Houlton.

 

He has returned to WHOU, this time to work with the WHOU.live video streaming service to headline its sports coverage.

 

Fred Grant, the owner of Northern Maine Media Inc., the parent company of WHOU, confirmed that Duff began his new duties and is no longer employed by Townsquare Media’s 92.9 FM “The Ticket” in Brewer, where he spent the last seven-plus years and served as its brand manager.

 

Grant is elated to have Duff join their team.

 

“Dale is so well-known in sports broadcasting with his depth of knowledge around the state,” Grant said. “We share the same philosophy toward high school sports. The games are about the schools and the students. He understands that importance. He makes sure everything is right for the broadcast to make sure the schools and the students get the accolades they should.”

 

Duff had joined The Ticket in Brewer in November 2012 and hosted “The Morning Pitch” from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays until last August. At that point, he moved to a one-hour afternoon segment called the “Dale Duff Show.”

 

Prior to joining Townsquare, the 40-year broadcasting veteran spent 19 years at WZON (AM 620) radio in Bangor. He previously worked 16 years as a reporter and sports anchor at WLBZ-TV (Channel 2) in Bangor.

 

WHOU started video streaming high school sports in 2012 and now has multiple crews around the state. The station carries approximately 250 high school events each year.

 

Duff is looking forward to his new challenge.

 

“For 40-plus years in this business, I have enjoyed covering the local sports scene most of all. The WHOU team is committed to local sports coverage and I want to be a part of their expansion of that commitment,” Duff said. “Tourney time is just around the corner and I’m ready!”

 

Grant considers Duff the consummate professional.

 

“When we go to gyms we haven’t been to before, we tend to overprepare and get there early,” Grant said. “Dale would always arrive at the same time or a little before us.

 

“He is already pulling together information for our [basketball] tournament coverage,” Grant added.

 

He will be involved in a lot of different sports in a variety of venues, Grant said.

 

Duff is also an adjunct faculty member at Husson University in Bangor’s New England School of Communications where he teaches Introduction to Sports Journalism.

 

“We have 10 to 12 college interns throughout the basketball season to help with our productions and Dale’s background in education will be very helpful. He will give the students real-life experiences,” Grant said.

 

Northern Maine Media unveiled WHOU.live in 2019 when it received the exclusive contract to broadcast the Maine Principals’ Association high school football championships and its regional finals for tournament games.

Fans can subscribe at

WHOU.live for $10 and watch all 60 games in the upcoming basketball tournament.

Coverage of other sports and events will continue throughout the year.

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