Ohio State Basketball’s Paul Keels started career at Xavier

A door opened for Paul Keels as a student at Xavier University in the late 70s. 

He was wise enough and eager enough to walk through it, and that first step set the stage for a broadcasting career that's spanned more than four decades. 

"When I was there at WVXU, we did high school football on Friday nights, did GCL games," said Keels, a 1975 Moeller High School grad. "And then at that time, there was no commercial station to carry Xavier games. So the student station did it. And they hired a professional play-by-play announcer, a guy that was actually a former player at Xavier, Dave Piontek, and then a handful of us students kind of rotated and did games with him." 

Even when Keels wasn't on the broadcast, he'd bring a tape recorder and practice calling the games by himself. 

WBNS 97.1 The Fan play-by-play announcer Paul Keels, who does football and men's basketball, prepares for the Ohio State football game against Tulsa on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Keels is a Moeller grad who studied at Xavier University. This week he comes home when Xavier basketball hosts Ohio State.

"At Schmidt Fieldhouse, there was kind of an upper perch where hardly anybody sat. I think it was an older press area," said Keels. "And I would go up there with a tape recorder and just practice doing some of the games and listen back to it just as a way to try to get some experience." 

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