Curiosity, a love for language and reading, coupled with the ability to type 150 words a minute using all 10 fingers, are the underlying traits, skills and interests that Dennis has turned into a career spanning 35 years. For the last 18 years, DJ has been a sports anchor at WCPO-TV, where he's established himself as the most respected, connected yet unaffected anchors in the Tri-State.
Breaking stories is the 1968 Elder High School graduate's stock in trade. Being first with Johnny Bench’s retirement, Cris Collinsworth’s signing with the USFL and most recently, Bob Huggins deciding to stay at UC, are some examples. Beating the competition to the story is one thing but getting it "right" is first and foremost to the Indian Hill resident.
"Being accurate is a given along with being fair. You can’t pull your punches when you are asking the questions people want answered. What has served me well is to recognize the line between the performance and the person. One is in play subject to comment, the other isn’t, unless some personal situation is adversely affecting their job."
Little did DJ know when he walked into WSAI-AM in 1965 as a high school sophomore, that he would be bitten by the broadcasting bug for life. An internship led eventually to the newsroom at the then dominant rock 'n roll radio station, which spawned other opportunities during high school and upon entering the University of Cincinnati. It was while employed at WKRC-AM/WKRQ-FM that he made the move down the hall to their television affiliate, where he launched the career that brought him to WCPO-TV in 1984. That move led to DJ working with, rather than opposite, Channel 9's long-time sports director, John Popovich. Their long and successful collaboration has become legendary.
What you don't see of Denny Janson is another tale. A self-proclaimed tool nut and home improvement practitioner, he is as at ease with a radial arm or chain saw as he is with chippers, grinders and his Ford pickup.
But Dennis Janson never loses sight of his roots, his association with UC, or the many organizations and charities he's helped by hosting or presiding over their event as master of ceremonies.
He sums it up by saying, "To think I've been able to do all this in my hometown is unusual in such a transient business. I have been truly blessed."
Weekday Sports Anchor - 9News @ 5:30, 9News @ 6 and The Latest @ 11
1984 - joined WCPO-TV
Sports Anchor - WLWD-TV(Dayton)
Entertainment Editor, Sports Reporter - WKRC-TV
University of Cincinnati