Nearly two years ago to this day, I was fortunate enough to witness a day in the life of a legend.
That last Saturday in February 2014 brought rival South Dakota State in town to play one of the last games in the state-of-the-art Bison Sports Arena (a cutting-edge facility — in 1970 that is).
Owning a 21-6 overall record at the time, North Dakota State held a two-game lead in the conference standings with the second-place Jackrabbits trying to gain ground. Both teams entered the marquee match up looking to continue to improve its game with March right around the corner.
But one man in the BSA was already on top of his game that day, just like he’s been for the past 20 years as the voice of the Bison, the “My-Oh-My” man.
Whether it be a Steve Walker touchdown, a Trayvonn Wright throw down or all of the clutch plays in between, Bison fans have been blessed to hear Scott Miller’s voice enthusiastically describing NDSU football in addition to men’s and women’s basketball since he joined local airwaves in 1996.
If you haven’t been listening to the Bison men and women basketball games recently, you would not have noticed the absence of the familiar voice over the Bison Radio Network.
Back in May 2012, Miller was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite having to undergo treatments, Miller continued his work after a short break and seemingly didn’t miss a beat with the NDSU football season that fall.
Without the news release from KFGO-AM in 2012, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t have even known about Miller’s condition because the man just goes about his business doing the best he can every time he takes the air.
I can’t specifically recall a time Miller missed consecutive broadcasts, but that changed two weeks ago when NDSU Director of Sales and Broadcasting Jeremy Jorgenson took over the play-by-play duties.
Jorgenson let listeners know Miller is going through some tough health issues, but he didn’t elaborate. Pure speculation on why there weren’t any details is because that’s the way Miller is.
You can hear it in his calls of the games, the pregame preparations, and the post-game interviews. It’s never about him. He always has the players, the coaches, the listeners in mind when he lets the story speak for itself.
Radio ratings for NDSU football games in the Fargo-Moorhead market for adults peaked at a 22.8 share this year. That’s up from a 21.2 share in 2014 and a 17.1 share in 2013.
I’m no radio statistics major, but that’s definitely an increase in listeners during a time where sports fans can watch almost any sporting event they want either on the TV or streamed online.
The Bison Radio Network all across the Upper Midwest staffed and produced by a top-notch team, but I’d like to think Miller is a big part of those results and Bison athletics as a whole.
Thank you, Scott Miller, for the memories you’ve given me growing up around Bison athletics. I wish you nothing but the best because I’d love to hear that signature “My-Oh-My” soon.