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Brian Hanley

I was born in 1960 on the westside of Chicago at the venerable St. Anne’s Hospital. My late, great dad, Bernard, and beautiful and selfless mom, Suzanne, raised nine children. My five brothers, three sisters and I grew up in Oak Park and River Forest, where I attended St. Luke’s grammar school.
brian hanley Brian HanleyMy first newspaper job was an afternoon paper route delivering the late, great Chicago Daily News. My love of journalism grew while at Fenwick High Scool (Oak Park), from where I was graduated in 1978 as an Illinois State Scholar.

While at Marquette University, from where I was graduated with a journalism major and broadcast minor in 1982, I was an intern for the late, great Tim Weigel at WLS-TV here in Chicago. With Tim’s letter of recommendation, I was able to gain acceptance to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where I did graduate work.

I began my career at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984, as a part-time editorial assistant, while also attending Medill. My first full-time beat came in 1988, when I was assigned to cover Illinois and the Big Ten. I was fortunate to chronicle the 1989 “Flying Illini’’ basketball team under coach Lou Henson, a Final Four squad.

In my 24 years at the Sun-Times, my beats have spanned the Sox, Cubs, Blackhawks, Northwestern, and the Bulls.

Thanks to Seth20Mason, Ron Gleason, and then-owner Dan Lee–with a tip of the hat to sports talk radio pioneer Chet Coppock–my Score career began with the station’s creation. I shared afternoon drive duties with Terry Boers, the quickest wit I have known, and Dan McNeil.

My brodcast career was reignited in 2005 under the current Score braintrust of GM Paul Agase and Program Director Mitch Rosen, both of whom has taken the station to its greatest heights. From the midday show to our move to morning drive, I have enjoyed great success due to the talents of my broadcast partner Mike Mulligan, executive producer Joe Ostrowski, and sound surgeons Rock Mamola and Chris Collins, now Score sports director.

Of course, the constant that has continued to amaze me throughout these many years has been the loyalty, creativity, and absolute intelligence of our listeners who are the pillars of the Score.

2013 Stanley Cup Finals. (Getty Images)

Hanley: Tim Sassone Was A Hall Of Fame Person

A longtime friend will never forget the memories created with and kindness of Tim Sassone, who passed away Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2014

Phil Jackson. (Getty Images)

Hanley: Trying To Phil In The Blanks In New York

The Knicks are trying the darndest to keep Carmelo Anthony in New York.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2014

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hanley: Words Ring Hollow As Brian Kelly Protects Notre Dame’s Image

Brian Kelly says Notre Dame never “threatened” Prince Shembo into not talking about an alleged sexual assault incident.

670 The Score–03/06/2014

Starter Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 20, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Hanley: Cubs Can’t ‘Tune Out The Noise’ If They Don’t Deal Dempster

It was only about six weeks ago that Cubs president Theo Epstein said he and his staff had to “tune out the noise” from fans and media as they went about building the team into something akin to championship caliber. Better buy some ear plugs.

670 The Score–07/30/2012

A fan of the Chicago Cubs wearing a Kerry Wood #34 jersey sits next to a fan of the Chicago White Sox wearing a Jim Thome #25 jersey. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hanley: No Tears For Shortened Crosstown Classic

No tears here, not with the news that the Cubs-Sox series — or Sox-Cubs series for our South Side faithful — is getting a haircut starting next year.

670 The Score–07/10/2012

Groundskeepers cut the grass on newly laid sod at Soldier Field on Sept. 21, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Hanley: Soldier Field Super Bowl Is Football Fantasy

670 The Score’s Brian Hanley tries to bring sports fans back to earth amid Thursday’s discussion about a potential Super Bowl at Soldier Field.

05/31/2012

Head coach Sean Payton. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Hanley: Payton’s Arrogance Continues

Sean Payton, meet mirror.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

Brandon Marshall was the MVP of the 2012 Pro Bowl. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

Hanley: Emery Off To Good Start With Bears

When the thing that comes closest to questioning a Bears general manager’s move is why the team underpaid for a player, that is progress.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2012

Derrick Rose (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hanley: News, Notes And Nonsense

When it comes to his bad back, looks like the ball is no longer in Derrick Rose’s court. That’s a good thing.

670 The Score–02/14/2012

Adam Dunn watches from the bench as the 2011 season came to a close. Dunn capped off one of the worst offensive seasons in MLB history. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hanley: Adam Dunn’s Comments Infuriating

Spraying to all fields while wondering whether either Chicago baseball team will win 70 games this season.

CBS Chicago–01/25/2012

Matt Forte runs the ball against  Brian Rolle.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Hanley: Bears Better Pass On Forte

Here’s a bit of advice for the Bears’ next general manager: Run away from Matt Forte.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2012

Kerry Wood

Hanley: Cubs Shouldn’t Overpay Wood To Stick Around

The Cubs have many needs, and a $4 million set-up guy isn’t one of them, Brian Hanley says.

01/09/2012

Pitcher Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs reacts after throwing a pitch that got him ejected from the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Hanley: Good Luck, Ozzie, Keeping Big Z In Check

Ozzie Guillen has said he can manage anybody. We’ll soon find out, says The Score’s Brian Hanley.

01/05/2012

Mike Martz and Lovie Smith

Hanley: Bears’ Shakeup ‘A Refreshing Start’

Actions may speak louder than words, yet without Bears chairman George McCaskey’s mantra that “winning world championships” is the team’s goal, Jerry Angelo would still be general manager.

CBS Chicago–01/03/2012

Ohio State University Athletics Director Gene Smith (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hanley: Ohio State AD Gene Smith ‘Clueless’

Gene Smith, the clueless Ohio State athletic director, shouldn’t be the only one “disappointed with the NCAA’s decision” Tuesday. Smith’s disappointed? How about the players who are still bound to the now non-Bowl-eligible Buckeyes next year?

670 The Score–12/20/2011

Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association speaks at a press conference Monday. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Hanley: Bears, NBA, Penn State And More

In honor of the baseball general managers meeting Monday in Milwaukee, time to spray to all fields while waiting to see if Carlos squared (Quentin and Zambrano) are sent packing.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2011

A van is tipped over on the Penn State campus Wednesday night. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Hanley: Mind Reels At PSU Scandal, And There May Be More Ahead

Here’s hoping the worst of the depravity of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse allegations has already been brought to light, Brian Hanley says.

670 The Score–11/10/2011

NBA Commissioner David Stern, right, and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, second from right, talk to reporters after taking part in talks between representatives of the basketball league's owners and players. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Hanley: Time Is Running Out On NBA

Wednesday will be the league’s D-Day, according to commissioner David Stern.

670 The Score–11/08/2011

Theo Epstein. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hanley: Cubs Will Always Be Team Theo

Good to see Chicago’s Theogood hasn’t been lost on Jason McLeod. McLeod was introduced Tuesday along with Jed Hoyer, the team’s new general manager. Yet, it was Epstein who commanded the floor when questions came the trio’s way as to imminent moves to be made.

670 The Score–11/01/2011

Theo Epstein takes a stroll at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hanley: Epstein Ushers In New Cubs Era

Epstein showed intelligence, confidence, humility, and a healthy dose of humor during the grand-slam press session.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2011

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