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.
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