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What is the WTOP Huddle?
With wit, wisdom, but mostly caffeine, Dave serves as the Senior Sports Director and award-winning morning sports anchor on WTOP.
Rob Woodfork is a versatile broadcaster with a broad range of experience.
Rob began his radio career in college as the afternoon drive news anchor for Oakwood College’s WOCG (since changed to Oakwood University’s WJOU) and also DJ’d for the station on weekends. It wasn’t uncommon for gospel music fans in Huntsville, Ala., to hear a song by Take 6 or the Breath of Life Quartet immediately followed by Rob’s voice. After a brief stint in healthcare, Rob returned to radio to produce and report traffic for Total Traffic Network in the Washington, D.C. market before taking a similar position with Metro Networks in Harrisburg, Penn.
During his five years in Central Pennsylvania, Rob reported news and traffic on some of Harrisburg’s top radio stations, was the morning traffic anchor for FOX43, and covered Penn State football for Radio Pennsylvania. In addition to broadcasting, Rob has also spent years as a sports blogger for online entities such as Bleacher Report, The Fan Manifesto, and WTOP.com. Rob brought that versatility back home to the D.C. area in 2011 when he began filling a variety of roles within the WTOP Traffic Center.
In addition to producing, he can be heard reporting on D.C.-area traffic conditions either in studio or on the road in the Fitzgerald Auto Mall Traffic Spotter. Aside from his traffic duties, Rob also covers local sports for the Glass Enclosed Nerve Center. During football season, he is a frequent contributor to WTOP.com; posting a weekly NFL recap, a bi-weekly Redskins podcast with ‘Skins beat reporter George Wallace, and writes several opinion pieces featuring his own unique perspective on sports-related topics of local interest. So basically, Rob takes the WTOP motto “we’re everywhere you are” a bit literally.
Dave Preston’s first foray into sports broadcasting came as a nine-year old announcing a miniature golf game he and his cousins were playing. He shot a 75 for third place, was told to be quiet multiple times and suffered a mild sunburn (Cape Cod in August).
Always a big fan of the NFL and college basketball, Dave grew interested not just in the games but in their presentation during the 1980’s – when Brent Musburger was always “looking live” and the NCAA Tournament’s opening weekend became mandatory sick days in March.
Dave studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University… and worked at the student radio and TV stations while there. His first job out of school was at WGIR-AM in Manchester, NH– where he spent four years covering the Boston teams as well as local college basketball.
Dave’s passion is college hoops– he was the host/feature reporter/color analyst for New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) basketball. The four year ride included three trips by the Penmen (they were an accounting school) to Division II’s Elite Eight. He also spent four years announcing Ball State womens’ basketball (WLBC-Muncie, IN) and was the co-host/feature reporter for Ball State football and mens’ basketball. Dave is in his sixth season hosting and providing color analysis for Maryland womens’ basketball.
Dave has been in the D.C. area for ten years… and in addition to working at WTOP since 2002 has also been on the air at Westwood One/CBS Radio as well as Red Zebra Broadcasting (Redskins Network). Dave hosted the “Heineken Halftime Show” for two years during Redskins broadcasts… and tried to convince ex-Redskin Joe Jacoby to try out for a bit part on “24” – to no avail. Dave is single and lives in Northern Virginia.
You can email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris AKA The Big Chee on WTOP has been a sports anchor with WTOP since 2013.
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