Brian Hanley

Brian Hanley is the co-host on the “Mully and Hanley Show” on 670 The Score on weekdays from 5 a.m.-9 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

His brodcast career was reignited in 2005 under the Score braintrust of GM Paul Agase and Program Director Mitch Rosen, both of whom have taken the station to its greatest heights. From the midday show to the move to morning drive, he has enjoyed great success along with broadcast partner Mike Mulligan, executive producer Joe Ostrowski and sound surgeons Rock Mamola and Chris Collins through the years.

Hanley says the the constant that has continued to amaze his throughout these many years has been the loyalty, creativity and absolute intelligence of the listeners, who are the pillars of the Score.

Willie Cauley-Stein #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks off the court as the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal . (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hanley: Wisconsin Stops Kentucky’s Bid For Greatness

In the case of this Kentucky team being the NCAA’s greatest, the defense never rested. Wisconsin’s defense, at crunch time, that is.

04/05/2015

Marc Trestman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hanley: Trestman Needs To ‘Fix It’

It’s time to deflate some of those opinions.

CBS Chicago–10/20/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hanley: Emery, Trestman Need To Keep Close Watch On Receivers

Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes and Martellus Bennett could come with drama.

CBS Chicago–08/19/2014

Clippers owner Donald Sterling, second from left. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Hanley: Clippers Owner Caught In Racist Rant

In an OMG story from TMZ Saturday, despicable Donald Sterling is caught on tape confirming what many knew: The L.A. Clippers owner is the NBA’s resident racist.

04/26/2014

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

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