Produced by: Howard
- Mo1pm - 2pm
- We6 pm - 7 pm
- Th11 am - 12 pm
- Sa9am - 10am
HBCU Sports – Press Box to Press Row is a sports talk show that highlights teams and athletic events at HBCUs around the nation and features interviews with newsmakers and top coaches, student-athletes, and administrators. In addition, the hour-long program includes interviews and guest spots with premier professional athletes and entertainers, including Serena Williams, Demarcus Ware, Tony Dungy, Jim Brown, Common, and actor/comedian Anthony Anderson, to name a few.
About the Host
Donald Ware, a native of Silver Spring, MD is one of the new and fresh faces and voices as well as a young innovator in the Black college sports industry. His broadcast career has now spanned 12 years. Upon graduation from Morgan State University in 1998 with a degree in Telecommunications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism, Ware accepted the position of sports information director at North Carolina A&T State University. After two years at A&T, Ware accepted a position at North Carolina State University as assistant media relations director, becoming perhaps the first African-American media relations assistant director at an ACC school. From there, Ware moved on to become the assistant athletic director for sports information/marketing at Shaw University.
Radio has always been Ware’s love. Ware started out as an analyst during Morgan State football and basketball games in 1997. In 1998, Ware became the halftime host, under the tutalege of Morgan State legendary broadcaster Lamont Germany, during the football broadcasts, giving updates on scores from around the country, analysis of the game, and putting together student-athlete halftime features. After a year and a half hiatus from radio, Ware began doing play-by-play and color commentary for North Carolina A&T basketball games. In 2001, he called the first and only baseball game broadcasted in A&T history. During the 2003-04 basketball season, he hosted and produced the CIAA Report for Sports Radio 850 theBuzz in Raleigh, one of the top sports radio stations in the region. Ware was also the executive producer and exclusive radio broadcaster during the 2004 Black College All-Star game in Atlanta. In 2004, Ware formed the Shaw Bear Sports Radio Network, a network of 11 stations which aired all of Shaw University’s football games. He also served as the play-by-play voice of the network until 2007. In 2005, Ware formed his own company, DWCommunications. That same year he served as the play-by-play voice for the Aggie-Eagle Classic, after serving as the color analyst the previous year.
Known in some circles as the John Madden of Black college football for his voice work in the Black college video game BCFx, during the 2007 CIAA Tournament Ware received the honor of being named CIAA Broadcaster of the Year, as voted on by the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association.
Ware has interviewed the likes of Serena Williams, Jim Brown, Tony Dungy, Dominique Dawes, and Anthony Anderson just to name a few.
In 2007, Ware served as the play-by-play voice for North Carolina Central football games. He currently handles play-by-play duties for Classics Sports Radio Network.