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Eric Peterson, Published May 14 2012

Voice of Bison, RedHawks has skin cancer

FARGO – Well-known Fargo sports broadcaster Scott Miller announced Monday he’s been diagnosed with skin cancer.

“It’s just been a whirlwind over the last three to four weeks,” Miller said. “The biggest thing is by being able to get the word out today I’m able to let people know.”

Miller said it was the week after Easter when it was discovered that he had melanoma after checking out a growth in his left forearm. Miller returned to work at KFGO and 740-AM The Fan, the flagship station for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, last week. Miller is the radio voice of the RedHawks and North Dakota State football and basketball.

While he’s back at his daily duties, Miller won’t be in the broadcast booth when the RedHawks open their American Association baseball season Thursday in El Paso, Texas.

“It’s best to let people know why I’m not starting the RedHawks season, rather than to make people guess,” Miller said.

KFGO Sports Director Jack Michaels will handle RedHawks play-by-play until Miller returns.

“You kind of rally around your brother, and that’s the mode you’re in,” said Michaels, who was the original voice of the RedHawks. “He’s a very strong, faith-based guy. Scott is attacking this like he would anything and that is probably what is going to help him get past it and get through it.”

Miller plans to return to the RedHawks broadcast booth on May 25, which is the team’s home-opener.

Miller said he’s had two surgeries since diagnosis. The next step is choosing a treatment option.

“I honestly do feel better and I am hopeful that I’m going to be able to make a full recovery,” Miller said. “I understand it’s going to be a difficult process, but I’m energized for the fight.”

Miller said he looks forward to return calling games, but wants to make sure he puts his health first.

“I think it’s going to be really good mental therapy for me just to get back doing what I do,” Miller said. “At the same time, I will be following every bit of medical advice that they give me.”

A Minot, N.D., native, Miller has been the voice of the Bison since 1996 and the RedHawks since 2006.

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