John U. Bacon on WTKAAfter filling in for local legend Ted Heusel on WAAM-1600 AM in Ann Arbor in 2000, Bacon got a taste for talk radio, and launched his own show, “Off the Field,” on WTKA-1050 AM ( in 2002, making it the longest running show on the station.

In the fall of 2007, Michigan Public Radio asked him to deliver sports commentary every Friday morning for its 500,000 listeners statewide, which he has grown into a popular blog with over 100,000 subscribers.

Bacon has also provided commentary on documentary films for Michigan Public Television (“Michigan Football Memories,” 2004), HBO Sports (“The Rivalry: Michigan vs. Ohio State,” 2007), and A&E Biography (“Bo Schembechler,” 2009).  Since the fall of 2007, he has been contributing to the Big Ten Network, on which he appears in the series on Greatest Games, Big Ten Icons and Big Ten Coaching Icons.

• John is a weekly sports commentator on Michigan Public Radio 
Hired in 2007 by Michigan Public Radio to be the “Frank Deford of Michigan,” Bacon’s commentaries are designed to appeal to all NPR listeners—sports and non-sports fans alike — by emphasizing the human, historical and cultural facets of sport. 
Tune in to WUOM 91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit, WVGR 104.1 FM, WFUM 91.1 FM Flint or listen online Friday mornings at 8:35 a.m.

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• John co-hosts “Off The Field,” on Arbor/Detroit 
Since 2002, John has co-hosted a Sunday morning sports talk show on WTKA from 10-12.  For the past three years, he has been joined by former Michigan football great Jamie Morris.  The duo tackles everything under the sun in the sporting world, with wit and depth.

Tune in to WTKA 1050 AM Ann Arbor/Detroit (or Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.