Joel Hoover serves as the midday host, as well as the play-by-play announcer for Bemidji High School on the Lumberjack Radio Network.
Joel originally grew up in Amish Country, living in Paradise and Gap 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. It was during his time at Messiah that Joel first had the chance to pursue his dream of doing 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.
Following his graduation from Messiah in 2015, Joel packed up and moved to Bemidji to take on the opportunity to become the “Voice of the Lumberjacks” and broadcast high school sports on the radio for the community. He is excited to come to work and do what he loves, while getting to tell thrilling stories on the radio for listeners.
Soccer has long been Joel’s favorite sport, as he played competitively from age five through his senior year of high school and still plays recreationally. His claims to fame are scoring over 150 goals over his years of playing and winning the (unofficial) L-L League Golden Boot as top scorer with 15 goals his senior year of high school (though one goal is still debated in the Hoover household). Though he enjoys playing and watching soccer the most, he also likes watching a multitude of sports. He supports all of the Philadelphia sports teams (Flyers, Sixers, Phillies, and Union) minus football, where his allegiance has been with his beloved Green Bay Packers since he was four years old.
Favorite Movies (in order): Lawrence of Arabia, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Ocean’s Eleven, Saving Private Ryan