Joel Hoover is the play-by-play announcer for Bemidji High School sports on the Lumberjack Radio Network, the host of High Noon on KBUN-FM 104.5, and the midday host on KZY FM 95.5. He has been with Paul Bunyan Broadcasting since July 2015.
Joel originally grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 2011 and enrolled at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA later that year with a major in journalism and a minor in sport management. Joel’s major focus of time in college was pursuing a career in play-by-play sportscasting.
In addition to hosting his own sports talk show on the campus radio station, Joel broadcasted for Messiah’s men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and national champion men’s and women’s soccer teams. His experiences included traveling to Massachusetts and New Jersey (twice) for “March Madness” Division III tournament games and calling the action of several NCAA Division III soccer tournament games.
Following his graduation from Messiah in May 2015, Joel moved to Bemidji to take on the opportunity to become the “Voice of the Lumberjacks” and broadcast high school sports on the radio. He is continually impressed by the sense of community in both Bemidji and the entire North Country, and loves talking about a variety of sports stories from the entire listening area on High Noon. He also greatly enjoys “spinning tunes” every day on KZY and weekends on KB101.
In his spare time, Joel enjoys helping with the Compass young adult church ministry in Bemidji, as well as finding time to play and watch soccer—his favorite sport, and one he has played since age 5. He loves riding his bike or driving his car around the lake, boating and tubing with friends, as well as watching all kinds of different sports and broadcasters as a spectator and observer. He enjoys watching most of the Philly sports teams (Union, Phillies, Flyers, Sixers), Manchester United, and…the Green Bay Packers, who he has been a fan of since age 4.