I’m 22 years old and I’m originally from Rolling Meadows, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I just graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Sport Communication. I loved my time in Bloomington and wish I was going back to school in the fall (kind of). There is no better basketball atmosphere than Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Even when the Hoosiers were terrible last year, we still sold out the place. In my biased mind, Indiana fans are second to none.
This past summer I interned at WGN Radio in Chicago with Neal. It was a great experience, especially since it was my first internship of any kind. I’d done some radio before, but nothing like WGN. I learned so much about how a big-time radio station operates and how to do a lot of the things I’m going to have to know how to do in my career.
As for my sporting interests, I was on the football and baseball teams in high school but I was either injured or a backup most of the time. My favorite sport has always been baseball, and the Cubs are my favorite team. I literally live and die with the Cubs. OK, not quite literally but you get what I mean. I don’t know what will happen when they do finally win a World Series, nor do I know when it will happen, but I know I’ll have a smile on my face for at least a month.
I guess you could say I’m a Bulls fan, though given a choice I’d much rather turn on a college basketball game. I just think it’s a better brand of basketball at the college level, more exciting games, and better atmospheres. I don’t think I have to reiterate who my favorite college team is.
I definitely am a Bears fan, though. They have a storied history and now they finally have a decent quarterback. Now all they need is some receivers to catch the ball and I think they’ll be ok.
When the Blackhawks start up again I think I’ll be paying attention. Being in Indiana for the last 4 winters I didn’t get much of a chance to see any hockey at all. With the Hawks going to the Conference Finals last season, it drummed up a lot of interest around the city. Not to mention the games are carried on WGN. I think the NHL is poised for a big comeback, especially if they can get some more national TV exposure when their contract runs out with Versus.
I also love to play the ponies. I frequent Arlington Park, and I worked there for awhile teaching people how to gamble on the horses. I’ll keep you all updated on the happenings of horse racing from time to time.
Well I think that’s about it. You can email me if you have any questions or want to know more! Thanks for reading.
I recently celebrated the 2nd anniversary of my 21st birthday (I may or may not recognize that I am 23 years old) and am back home in Chicago after graduating from the University of Missouri in Columbia. During my time at Mizzou, I was part of the revitalization of the football and basketball programs, and saw Max Scherzer, Kyle Gibson, and Aaron Crow pitch for the baseball team.
After graduation, I kicked around in Europe for a while, then got started in the Chicago media business at a PR firm. I began a sports internship at WGN this past February, during the middle of the Blackhawks’ run, and am still producing there.
College teams aside, my pro sports loyalties fall in this order: Cubs, Bears, Hawks/Bulls…The Cubs have always been the focus of my angst, and spending 4 years in the heart of Cardinals country only helped me become more obsessed and attached. It also comes in handy to have friends that are Cardinals fans in the event that you choose to call them and remind them that their #1, 2, 4 and 5 prospects were exchanged for a Matt Holliday rental and a banged-up Mark DeRosa. I kid, I kid! Maybe…
My first Bears game was in Week 5 of 1993, when 2 Kevin Butler FG’s lifted the Monsters of the Midway over the Falcons 6-0. Not exactly the type of game you think a 7 year old would love, but I was hooked. My family has had season tickets for quite some time, so you can usually find me at Soldier Field on Sundays (or nowadays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays as well) during the season. I’m as excited about the new O-Line as I am about Cutler. And for god sake, throw the ball to Earl Bennett!
I got completely wrapped up in the Hawks run this year. The United Center for Game 3 of the Detroit series was the loudest sporting event I have ever been to. And WHOA, you can watch the games on TV now! Settle down, Rocky Wirtz…Settle down. And of course, the Bulls…It makes me kind of angry that I don’t hate Joakim Noah anymore, and I think they have a chance to do some big things in the future.
Big ups to Brady and Neal for taking this thing on- I like to consider them my protégés at WGN.
Think that’s it. Email me for more. Oh, and where can I buy a Brett Wallace jersey?
After graduating from college in May 2009, I was anxious to come up with a way to continue talking sports on the radio. While The NBR may not have an AM or FM frequency, Brady, Chris and I hope to bring engaging sports talk to the Internet. So I’m very excited to start this project, which will be both entertaining and beneficial to Brady and I and hopefully entertaining for all of you listeners.
I’m a graduate of Indiana University and I received an undergraduate degree in sports broadcasting. I mixed in minors in sports marketing and management, telecommunications, and Spanish. I basically knew that I wanted to work in the sports industry, so I made it a point to try to develop of diverse set of skills in that area. So whether it was being a play-by-play broadcaster for IU athletics or managing an intramural sports program, I was always around sports…and that is just the way I like it. As I work my way towards a permanent career in the industry, I hope to offer a versatile presence in whatever I do.
Broadcasting is where I’m most comfortable, though, and ultimately what I’d love to call my career. I served as a part-time play-by-play broadcaster and color commentator for IU men’s basketball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, and women’s softball. I was also the co-host of a weekly sports talk show focusing on IU athletics and beyond. All of this work came at 99.1 FM WIUX, Indiana University’s Pure Student Radio Station. It was at WIUX that I began to help produce radio broadcast and show promotions as well.
Outside of Bloomington, I’ve enjoyed stints as a sports radio intern for WGN Radio 720 in Chicago, IL and XL 950 Sports Talk in Franklin, IN. WGN proved to be an absolutely unbelievable experience, not just because I was working in my hometown, but because of the opportunities and responsibilities that the internship offered. I was able to contribute to the station by producing shows, getting live sound at Cubs and White Sox games, editing audio clips, and writing sports updates…and on top of that, working with some of the great guys in the entire business. At XL 950, I helped with the production of the two local sports shows (Indianapolis area) and did a lot audio editing and show research. The two internships afforded me great skills for the industry and provided me with key hands-on experience.
I’m a native of the Chicago area and have followed the city’s teams my entire life. I’m a diehard Cubs and Bears fan. That’s not to say I’m not a fan of the Blackhawks, Bulls, and Fire, because I’m a big fan. But the Cubs and Bears are the teams that make me scream my lungs out in excitement and tear my hair out in anger. I’ve played sports my whole life with tennis and soccer being the big ones in high school. I’m well aware of the lack of interest in professional soccer among sports fans in the U.S. However, I wouldn’t put myself in that category. I love soccer and I suppose if you were to choose something unique about my sports philosophy, my love for international, European, and MLS soccer may be the thing you pick out.
Brady, Chris and I hope to provide each and every listener and reader with witty, intelligent, and interesting content about the sports that you guys care about the most. We hope to provide everybody with a reliable source for honest, tell-it-like-it-is sports commentary!