Ludwig spent 30 years (1979-2009) at the Dayton Daily News, his final 12 covering the NFL and Cincinnati Bengals. He accepted an offer for early retirement in 2009 and joined The Cincinnati Enquirer for one year as a contributing sportswriter and member of Cincinnati.com’s Blog Network.
Since then, Ludwig has concentrated on making the transition from print media to broadcasting. Ludwig won 50 awards during a sports writing career that spans more than three decades. He previously worked for The Western Star in Lebanon, Ohio, and The News-Herald in the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby.
The former chairman of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), Ludwig served 10 years as a voting member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee (2000-09).
He earned first place in the enterprise/features category of the 2002 PFWA writing contest and authored “The Legends, Cincinnati Bengals: The Men, The Deeds, The Consequences” (Orange Frazer Press) in 2004. As a “Cox Olympian,” he covered the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta on loan to the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 1996. In 2010, he was honored with the Media Service Award for “Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity” by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
A Cincinnati native, Ludwig graduated from Elder High School in 1972 and earned a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University in 1976. He attended Ohio State on the Chick Evans Scholarship for golf caddies.
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To say I had a ball at the Cincinnati Bengals' practice at Springboro High School on Monday is an understatement.
It was more like a blast.
In the middle of my 3-6:30 p.m. live broadcast on WONE-AM (980) from the North end zone at CareFlight Field, NFL Films stopped by, dangling a mike near my head with a camera not far from my "face for radio."
During a break, an NFL Films official asked me to do a 15-second Voice Over, describing the day's event. I had to sign a waiver, giving NFL Films the rights to my voice & face, in case they use the footage on an upcoming HBO "Hard Knocks" episode.
Ah, my 15 seconds — not minutes — of fame.