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Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Apr 10 , 2022

Paul Keels - The Voice Of The Buckeyes

Presented By The Ohio State Alumni Association of Van Wert & Paulding Counties

Paul Keels’ booming voice fills rooms and cars with an unmistakable beat. His crisp play-calling on the radio of Ohio State football and basketball never leaves the listener in doubt. It’s graphic, efficient, and spot-on.

Keels is now inextricably linked with the Buckeyes whose games he’s called for a score of years; through two national titles and three trips to the Final Four.

Players and coaches come and go. Yet schools’ longtime play-by-play announcers are as recognizable as the teams they cover. Fans think of them as longtime friends, those who share in the joy of victories and commiserate in the misery of defeats. They are forever part of the tapestry, drawing pictures of the familiar and the unfamiliar.

In this unimaginable world of digital conveniences, picture painting on radio is a disappearing art. For years, radio was a necessity. It kept fans abreast. Still, today, there are many vibrant announcers who’ve presided over their friendly microphones for thirty or more years. They get it. Each one is an artist with his own distinct brush and palette.

Keels doesn’t have any shtick or use signature phrases. He calls games naturally, no customized script. He’s always cognizant of the fundamentals. As teams break huddle for virtually every play from scrimmage, he gives the score and time remaining. Ditto for hoops on every change of possession. The broadcasts don’t turn into a talk show.

Paul's book "If These Walls Could Talk", recollects his years with Ohio State’s football and basketball teams. He shares stories of the coaches he’s covered, some of the big players with whom he interacted, and naturally, some of the big moments he witnessed.


1998-Present:   WBNS Radio, Columbus, Ohio.  Play by Play Announcer Ohio State Football & Basketball, Sports Anchor, Host of Coaches Shows. 

1995-98: WLW Radio, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sports Director, Play by Play Announcer, University of Cincinnati Football & Basketball, & Cincinnati Bengals Football, Sports Anchor & Reporter. 

1992-95: WHIO Radio, Dayton, Ohio.  News Anchor, Morning Show Host. 

1989-92 & 1987-88:  WCKY Radio, Cincinnati,Ohio. Sports Director, Play by Play Announcer, University of Cincinnati Football & Basketball, Sports & News Anchor. 

1988-89:  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL RADIO NETWORK, Washington D.C. Sports Anchor & Reporter, News Anchor. 

1981-87: WWJ Radio, Detroit, Michigan. Play by Play Announcer, University of Michigan Football & Basketball, Sports Anchor & Reporter. 

1980-81: WJR Radio, Detroit, Michigan. Play by Play Announcer, Detroit Pistons, Sports Anchor & Reporter. 

1979-80: WLW Radio, Cincinnati, Ohio.   News Anchor & Reporter, Sports Talk Show Host. 


Play by Play For “The Basketball Tournament” on ESPN TV.

Cincinnati Bengals Pre-Season Telecasts

Co-Host Buckeye Football Weekly TV Show 

NFL & College Football Play by Play, Mutual-Westwood One Radio Network.

Michigan Panthers (USFL) Telecasts. 

Cincinnati Reds Play by Play for Fox Sports Ohio. 

University of Cincinnati Coaches TV Shows. 

Voice Over Work for Ohio State Coaches Shows, The History of Ohio State Football, Buckeye Classics TV Shows, General Electric Training Video, Moeller High School Recruiting Video, Memorial Tournament Highlight Video, Wendy’s Champions for Children Video. 


2006 Distinguished Alumni Award, St. John’s Elementary School, Deer Park, Ohio.

2007 Hometown Hero’s Award, Touchdown Club of Columbus. 

2007 Induction, Radio/TV Broadcasting Hall of Fame of Ohio. 

2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Ohio Sportscaster of the Year, National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.


“Tales from The Buckeyes National Championship Season.” 2002.

“If These Walls Could Talk; Stories from the Ohio State Locker Room, Sidelines and Press Box.” 2018. 

ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. There are no exchanges or refunds unless the rare event of a cancelation. For canceled events, no action is required to receive your refund. Refunds will be processed to the original method of payment used at time of purchase.

Performance Schedule

  • Sunday, April 10, 2022 3:00 PM Cal +


Immediate access parking is FREE at the Niswonger. Lots are located to the North and South of the venue. Handicap parking is available to the East of the facility immediately outside of the main entrance.


All areas of the Niswonger and certain seating areas are accessible by wheelchair. Please notify the Box Office (419-238-NPAC) at the time of ticket purchase so that a platform for companion seating is reserved. Please ask the ushers for assistance to be seated. All entrances from the parking lots have ramps and are at sidewalk level. A wheelchair-accessible elevator serves both levels of the Niswonger providing both the lower and upper lobby and auditorium. All restroom facilities offer handicap accessibility and a larger family restroom is available on the upper lobby level. There are a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces available in the front of the facility and in both the North and South campus parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Niswonger also has assisted listening devices provided by the Van Wert Service Club. Please contact the Box Office for details: 419-238-NPAC.

Alert the Facilities Manager of any special considerations. The Niswonger Staff is ready to assist with entry to and from the show. Please contact the Box Office in advance at 419-238-6722 or facilities@npacvw.org.

Group Sales

Advanced event ticketing, a 10% discount and a driver comp ticket are available for groups of 10 or more. Arrangements must be made through Jerry Beard, Box Office Manager, 419-238-6722 or boxoffice@npacvw.org.

Electronic Devices & Camera Policy

Please or silence all electronic devices when the house lights go down for the performance. We welcome you to access social media to share your experience during intermission or after the performance. The use of cameras, audio recording devices and video recording devices is prohibited at performances at the INB PAC. The use of professional lenses and flash photography is strictly prohibited. Flash photography may distract the performer and cause injury.

Age Restrictions

There are no age restrictions for this family show. Children three and under are granted admission without a ticket so long as they are held by an adult ticket-holder. The VWAPAF reserves the right to preclude the attendance of children under the age of 5 years determined by the nature of the performance. Guardians will be asked to remove their child/children if they cause disruptions for other ticket-holders during a performance.