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Retiree launches ‘Framingham Fan to Fan’

Elsa Hornfischer
Dave Hornfischer, host and producer of “Framingham Fan to Fan” on Access Framingham TV.

Sports fanatic Dave Hornfischer has been a college baseball player, Little League coach, certified American Legion Baseball umpire, sports writer, BoSox Club board member, and a competitor for the past five years on the Eastern Massachusetts Senior Softball League.

He has further expanded his sports portfolio in his new role as producer and host of “Framingham Fan to Fan” on Access Framingham TV, which is dedicated to increasing participation and visibility for all sports within the town he has called home for 33 years.

Since it began airing in September, guests on the weekly sports interview show have included Framingham High School athletic director Paul Spear, Framingham State University athletic director and head football coach Tom Kelley, and Framingham United Soccer Club president Brian Jones.

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“Sports are a great vehicle to help achieve the public access station’s mission to build community, and in doing so, highlight positive local efforts in a time of so much negative media,” said Hornfischer, who is also treasurer of Access Framingham TV.

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Hornfischer worked for Berklee College of Music for 25 years before retiring from his post as senior vice president of finance and administration in 2009. The following year, he was appointed as treasurer of Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, and also enrolled in its stand-up comedy class.

Embracing his friends’ critique as “not horrible,” Hornfischer then co-founded, hosted, and produced the monthly Amazing Open Comedy Mique Show at the center for the next five years.

While Hornfischer doesn’t go out of his way to tell jokes on “Framingham Fan to Fan,” conversations sometimes turn humorous — such as the episode in which he teased Kelley that he would attend more Framingham State sports if he could find a parking space. He quips that the show will “cover all the bases,” from youth to semi-pro sports offered through public, private, and religious organizations.

“I’ve never hosted a sports talk show, and I hadn’t done comedy before, so of course there’s a little bit of trepidation,” he said, “but that’s what energizes you when you retire.”

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“Framingham Fan to Fan” airs on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., with reruns on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 a.m. Shows are also available at accessfram.tv/watch/video-on-demand and Youtube.com.

Cindy Cantrell can be reached at cindycantrell20@gmail.com.