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.
His 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.
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 baseman back next season. If the Cubs exercise the mutual option, Ramirez will decline it, according to Kinzer. “That’s not […]
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 to its offense. Hope he made it clear to Martz. “I know the balance as far as running [and] passing […]
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 a five-point favorite over No. 15 Michigan State (2-0) at South Bend Saturday. Kelly, however, is no longer talking in […]
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. “Like anybody else that works in a company for over 10 years, you have thoughts about things and you have […]
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 to Brad Biggs, our show’s Bears insider, the Bears are paying Brandon Meriweather starter’s money. Meriweather signed a one-year contract […]
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 to Brad Biggs, our show’s Bears insider. That opened a roster spot for someone coming out of the preseason finale […]
What was Ozzie thinking when he had Adam Dunn pinch-hit for Brent Lillibridge (he of the two-run homer earlier) in the ninth inning Wednesday? Sox were down three with runners on second and third, one out, Paulie up next. “I didn’t like the matchup – Nathan against Lilly,” Guillen said after the Sox 7-6 loss […]
Enough, Ozzie! Now is not the time to talk about a contract extension. Of the Sox coaches, only Don Cooper should feel slighted for having to work on an expiring deal. As much as I have appreciated Guillen’s gift of gab through his years as player and manager, talking about 2013 and beyond–after the Sox […]
Barring Marion Barber’s injury being much more serious than anyone is letting on, Chester Taylor is done with the Bears. Coach Lovie Smith told Taylor Monday morning he wasn’t in the team’s plans. According to Brad Biggs, our show’s Bears insider, Taylor took that to mean he was among the cuts being made Monday. So […]
Cub fans, if you didn’t get a chance today to see the Sun-Times column of Gordon Wittenmeyer, Mully and Hanley’s Cubs Insider, it is worth a read. Gordon spent some time talking to a couple of the Atlanta Braves–newcomer Michael Bourn and stalwart Chipper Jones. Hope Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts took time to read what […]