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. My 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.
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.
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’s Brian Hanley tries to bring sports fans back to earth amid Thursday’s discussion about a potential Super Bowl at Soldier Field.
Sean Payton, meet mirror.
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.
When it comes to his bad back, looks like the ball is no longer in Derrick Rose’s court. That’s a good thing.
Spraying to all fields while wondering whether either Chicago baseball team will win 70 games this season.
Here’s a bit of advice for the Bears’ next general manager: Run away from Matt Forte.
The Cubs have many needs, and a $4 million set-up guy isn’t one of them, Brian Hanley says.
Ozzie Guillen has said he can manage anybody. We’ll soon find out, says The Score’s Brian Hanley.
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.
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?
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.
Here’s hoping the worst of the depravity of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse allegations has already been brought to light, Brian Hanley says.
Wednesday will be the league’s D-Day, according to commissioner David Stern.
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.
Epstein showed intelligence, confidence, humility, and a healthy dose of humor during the grand-slam press session.
If Boston’s brain trust is willing to pull the plug on the Theo deal, then Tom, you will know the true value of McNutt and quickly get Andrew Friedman on speed dial.
Circle Nov. 17-20 on your must-see-TV calendar. That is when the Presidents Cup is to be played at Royal Melbourne. Thanks to Greg Norman going boxing weigh-in with his Tiger taunts, that golf tourney just got a whole lot more interesting.
Bodog didn’t put odds on Mayor Rahm Emanuel coming up with the $200 million in public money the Ricketts would like to help fix Wrigley Field.