A former President of the DSBA, 1986-88, in a 32 year radio career, Paul Chapman was selected ‘Sportscaster of the Year’ by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) in 2 different states, Vermont in 1976 and 20 years later in Michigan. Along the way he’s done everything from being the P.A. announcer at a stock car race track, Claremont, New Hampshire Speedway, from 1967-69, to being a sportswriter, covering auto racing, for the Claremont Daily Eagle, to calling play by play of ECAC college football, hockey & basketball to play by play of the same sports, while covering Big Ten and Mid American Conferance games.
Paul’s career began after graduation from Northeast School of Broadcasting in Boston in 1966, with a ‘gig’ at WTSL in Hanover, New Hampshire. Then it was onto WTSV in Claremont, New Hampshire for 3 years, before moving to the second largest radio market
in New England, where he was a newsman/sports director at WTAG in Worcester, Massachusetts. From 1970 to 1973, he was the voice of Holy Cross College football and basketball, as well as Assumption College basketball. In 1973, Paul moved to WJOY in Burlington, Vermont, where he was the voice of University of Vermont football, basketball and hockey for 7 years. His career then headed westward in the spring of 1980, as he was named sports director of WAAM radio in Ann Arbor, where he anchored 7 daily sportscasts and called the play by play of University of Michigan Football, basketball, baseball and hockey for 3 years, before moving to WJR radio in Detroit, where for 15 years he was a sports reporter-anchor-talk show host and occasional color commentator for Michigan football and Red Wings Hockey. In 1985 while at WJR, Paul won the first place UPI award for Michigan large market stations for best sports feature, an in depth interview with Pete Rose, on his quest to pass Ty Cobb as the all time baseball ‘hit king.’ In 1987, he won the first place AP award for Michigan major market radio sportscast.
Retiring from radio in 1998, Paul still says his biggest thrill in sports was being at Tiger Stadium for the 1984 World Series run, along with, of course, the honor of being selected by his peers in 2 different states as their state’s outstanding sportscaster. Paul has lived in Troy since 1984 and is currently a very busy Realtor, working for CENTURY 21 Town & Country in Troy.