While many people in the Ozarks consider Ned a Missouri native, he grew up in Haddonfield, N.J. Ned is the middle child of three boys. Ned has been doing radio and TV since he was a kid. He was P.A. announcer for little league games, high school sports reports for local papers and local sporting events. In high school, he worked part-time at WKDN in Camden, NJ. He did some broadcasting and odd jobs around the station – just to be at a real radio station. Ned made his first television appearance on NBC’s Today show when he was only 15. He won a special guest appearance by sending a demo tape of (you guessed it) his sports commentary.
His sports reporting and dedication to the community have not gone unnoticed. Ned was honored to be selected as a Torch Barrier for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay in Ste. Genevieve for the Atlanta Games. At the end of his leg of the race, he handed the torch to Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2001, Ned was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and received the Champion Award in 2002 from the Ambassadors of Community Health Award. He was the first person with their own bobble head in the inaugural season of the Springfield Cardinals. Much has happened since his Today Show appearance – and in Ned’s own words…”it has been a wonderful ride.”