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.
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.
According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Reinsdorf gave Williams walking orders when it came time to start thinking about replacing Guillen.
Will Robin Ventura be a great, or even good, manager? Time will tell.
The heart may beat for Ryne Sandberg as the next Cubs’ manager, but the head should give the nod to Terry Francona.
Hey, at least the Bulls won’t have to take the annual, and usually disastrous, circus trip this year. Count on a severely shortened NBA season, if there is one at all, now that the lockout [...]
Here’s hoping Tom Ricketts is in Oklahoma City today. Ditto, Theo Epstein. Or some other outpost, where neither man would be recognized as they talked about teaming to lead the Cubs to their [...]
If only the Cubs had the same sense of urgency to oust Jim Hendry. According to the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan, the Cubs have sent out a letter to season ticket holders informing them the deadline [...]
Of Course, Mike Martz said all the right things a week ago — just days before the offense didn’t do much of anything right in their 27-17 home loss to Green Bay.
Kenny Williams started his press conference Monday with his trademark tough-guy bravado. He basically told the media to hurry up with their Ozzie questions because Kenny didn’t want to “prolong” the session and he had [...]
Always enjoy our conversation each Monday (8:30 a.m.) with Troy Aikman. Troy is not only informative but also opinionated, a football exacta which pays off weekly.
A couple of baseball thoughts while waiting for the Bears to take care of the hated Pack: It looks like we can add Carlos Marmol’s name to the list of bad contracts Jim Hendry [...]
Interesting poll in Sports Illustrated this week. A survey of 272 National Football League players were asked what player they would pick first if they were building a team from scratch. According to SI, seven [...]
Thank you, Aramis Ramirez. Thanks for taking temptation away from the Cubs. Paul Kinzer, Ramirez’s agent, told the Cubs Wednesday they don’t have to waste time thinking about spending $16 million to bring the third [...]
Mike Martz’s refusal to run the ball much Sunday was the insult added to the Bears’ injuries. Glad to hear head coach Lovie Smith say Monday the team must have more pass and run balance [...]
It seems Las Vegas oddsmakers and the betting public have more faith in Notre Dame than does Irish coach Brian Kelly. Exhibit A: ND, now 0-2 after being favored in its first two games, is [...]
Here’s hoping that Paul Konerko’s teammates follow their captain’s lead heading into next season. Each man must take stock of his performance from this soon-to-end disappointing campaign. It’s time for thumb pointing, not finger pointing. [...]
Good for the Bears. Instead of caving to the demands of unhappy and under-contract players such as Matt Forte and Lance Briggs, they have used some of their available cash to upgrade the team. According [...]
Bears General manager Jerry Angelo’s less-than-stellar draft resume (That sure is a diplomatic way of describing it, right?) took another hit Thursday. The Bears have placed running back Harvey Unga on the reserve/left squad list, according [...]