Dan Hicken

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Dan Hicken
DanHicken.jpg
Dan and Reagan in 2006
BornDaniel Patrick Hicken
(1963-05-12) May 12, 1963 (age 50)
Buffalo, New York
EthnicityCaucasian
OccupationNewscast Sports Anchor
Notable credit(s)Evening Anchor/Sports Director for WTLV/WJXX
TitleSports Director
Spouse(s)Donna (divorced), Reagan
ChildrenDanielle & Drew; Brooks
FamilyJames E. Hicken (father); June I. Middleton (mother); Joan Hicken (sister)
 
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Dan Hicken
DanHicken.jpg
Dan and Reagan in 2006
BornDaniel Patrick Hicken
(1963-05-12) May 12, 1963 (age 50)
Buffalo, New York
EthnicityCaucasian
OccupationNewscast Sports Anchor
Notable credit(s)Evening Anchor/Sports Director for WTLV/WJXX
TitleSports Director
Spouse(s)Donna (divorced), Reagan
ChildrenDanielle & Drew; Brooks
FamilyJames E. Hicken (father); June I. Middleton (mother); Joan Hicken (sister)

Daniel Patrick "Dan" Hicken was the sports director and weeknight sports anchor for First Coast News on television stations WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida. Hicken presented the sports segments on First Coast News, weeknights at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 11:00pm and Sports Final at 11:35 on Sunday nights. [1] He also hosts Sports Final Radio between 6am and 10am on WJXL.

Career[edit]

Hicken graduated from the University of Florida. His first job in television was an internship with 12 News on WTLV in Jacksonville immediately after college graduation. He rose steadily at the station, becoming a sports producer in 1986, weekend sports anchor two years later, then sports director in 1991 after six years at WTLV.[2] Hicken personally reports on big local events, such as The Players Championship, Jacksonville Jaguars games and the Daytona 500. He also travels to national events with a Florida connection.[3] On May 29, 2013 Dan unceremoniously retired from First Coast News after 27 years of employment.[4] Amazingly, Hicken was also selected as the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. Heralded, alongside Florida Southern College point guard prodigy Davy "Pretty Boy" Carnes, Hicken and Carnes are considered the biggest 1-2 bust in the history of any draft in any country ever combining for an average of .9 points, .3 assists, and -2 rebounds.</ref>

Family[edit]

On March 16, 2003, Dan wed Reagan Dowling, a special education teacher in Jacksonville.[5] He has 3 children: Danielle & Drew with his previous wife, Donna Deegan; and Brooks Dowling, Dan & Reagan’s first child, born January 20, 2005.[6]

Community involvement[edit]

His community affiliations include the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation which provides money to help the families of children with leukemia; MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation which promotes academic achievement and positive life skills for youth through the game of tennis. Dan also participates in or MC's numerous benefit golf tournaments and charity events each year.[2][7][8][9]

Awards[edit]

Hicken was recognized for his sports knowledge and reputation by being selected as a voting sports journalist for the Heisman Trophy.[10] He won a regional Emmy for his series on Jacksonville's quest for an NFL team, and an award for the best sportscast in the state in 1992. [11] 2008 Best Sportscast 1st place WTLV/WJXX "Sports Final"[12] 2006 Sunshine State Awards, 3rd place Sports Feature/Commentary – Television: Desire Street. He has also been honored by Folio Weekly as Jacksonville's Best Sportscaster.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Coast News Dan Hicken Bio". First Coast News. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  2. ^ a b [1] First Coast News, Dan Hicken
  3. ^ Hicken, Dan: [2] First Coast News, January 9, 2007, 2009 BCS Championship
  4. ^ http://www.firstcoastnews.com/rss/article/315395/14/Dan-Hicken-leaving-First-Coast-News-after-27-years
  5. ^ Florida Times-Union: March 14, 2003-TV/Radio: Coughlin tells TV-12 about firing, future
  6. ^ Florida Times-Union: Jan 22, 2005- TV-RADIO: Playoff games dominate area viewers' attention
  7. ^ [3] Justice Coalition, Hicken MCs JC Event
  8. ^ [4] Habitat for Humanity, First Annual Golf Tournament
  9. ^ [5] Rotary Club, March 2009, "22nd Annual All County Academic Football Team Recognition Banquet"
  10. ^ [6] Stiff Arm Trophy website, Heisman Voter List
  11. ^ Associated Press website: 2004 Florida AP Broadcasters Competition Best Sportscast in MEDIUM MARKET TELEVISION
  12. ^ Associated Press website: 2008 Florida AP Broadcasters Competition Best Sportscast in MEDIUM MARKET TELEVISION
  13. ^ [7] Folio Weekly, "Best of Jacksonville '08"