McNeil’s candor, quick wit and unpredictable approach are his trademarks. Under Dan has consistently been among the highest-rated radio programs among adult men for several years.
“I’ve been in ‘training camp’ for this for more than four months,” said McNeil. “It’s time to let the tigers out. This is a chance to win in a brand new daypart for me and in a slot that has become more meaningful. We’ve got a great crew.”
“It’s awesome to have Mac back on the Score team,” said Mitch Rosen, WSCR-AM Program Director. “Mac returns to where it all began for sports radio in Chicago – the Score. With the addition of Mac, the line-up now becomes a Chicago radio All-Star dream team along with Mully, Hanley, Boers, and Bernstein.”
McNeil, 45, was an original cast member of “The Score,” for which he served as an afternoon host until his resignation in October of 2000. During Danny Mac’s nine-year run, he developed a reputation as a well connected, college and pro football addict whose feel for radio production separated him from the pack.
“I’m lucky not because I’ve got a job every guy would want, but because I recognized I wanted it around seven or eight,” McNeil says. “I was a decent amateur athlete, but I knew I wanted to be Oscar Madison when I grew up. I was writing for my high school newspaper one month into my freshman year and I was the nerd doing play-by-play into a Ross portable cassette recorder while watching Blackhawks games on the tube. I got a jump on everybody years before sports radio was born.”
Following his college years at Ball State, McNeil interned at WGN Radio in the summer and fall of ’85 as a producer for “Sports Central” and for Chicago Bears pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. Mac then took a position as a staff writer/columnist for his hometown daily paper, The Times of Northwest Indiana.
In January of ’88, McNeil got his first big shot in Chicago when he was hired as executive producer of Chet Coppock’s weeknight sports show and the Chicago Bulls broadcasts on WLUP AM 1000. “Dangerous Dan” quickly developed his own following as a sidekick and fill-in host, as well as a contributor to the station’s popular Dahl and Meier show.
Dan has three sons and resides with his wife, Sheri, an insurance defense attorney, in Northwest Indiana. His fundraising endeavors include autism research and treatment, neuroblastoma research and the Highland High School athletic department.
Two weeks from today, the water cooler is going to be enormously popular in work places all over the Chicago area. That’s where Bears fans will convene to debate general manager Phil Emery’s second crack at the first round of the NFL draft.
Barring some miraculous turn of events this weekend, these are our final chances to reflect on the improbable 2012 White Sox.
Tim Tebow doesn’t make my list. His detractors, on the other hand, are contending for the medals stand in the Annoyance Olympics.
I have been amused by the optimism I’ve read and heard about the Bears lately. As we inch closer to the Bears’ next “biggest game of the year”
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What a night of baseball last night with some of the biggest collapses in the history of the game reaching a conclusion. We’ll discuss that out of the gate this morning as well as look [...]
Did Mark Buehrle pitch his final game in a White Sox uniform last night? Did you catch the latest 30 for 30, Catching Hell? Both topics of conversation this morning with Mac and Spiegs as [...]
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It’s a Bears vs. Packers Friday. Hub Arkush joins us at 10:00 to break down the game and the entire NFL card. Green Bay tackle Brian Bulaga also is due for a visit…plus “Who Do [...]