For the last decade, Matt Spiegel has been a nationally syndicated talk show host on Sporting News Radio Network, hosting The Matt Spiegel Show. The show, a platform for his immense knowledge of sports history, as well as his uniquely entertaining perspective, was heard on more than 100 affiliates and on XM satellite radio.
Some of the highlights of his time at Sporting News:
•Hosting pre-game coverage for every NFL Sunday in 2007 and 2008.
•Hosting the pre-game and post-game coverage for Super Bowl XLII
•Broadcasting live from radio row all week in Phoenix for the Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots in 2008.
•Anchoring the network’s live coverage of Baseball’s steroids hearings in Congress.
•Reporting live from The 2005 World Series at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field.
•Writing and voicing The Year in Review, a much heralded annual feature.
•Writing columns for Sporting News magazine, and for http://www.sportingnews.com.
For 7 years before joining Sporting News Radio, Matt was a host, producer, and reporter for WSCR-The Score, in Chicago. While there, he had a chance to cover Mike Ditka’s final days with the Bears, and the entire second three-peat for Michael Jordan’s great Chicago Bulls teams.
Matt’s first job in sports media was as an intern for Major League Baseball Productions, where he worked on This Week in Baseball for Mel Allen’s final 2 years with the show. Matt fetched Mel coffee and lunch every Thursday for 2 summers. While matriculating at Emerson College in Boston, Matt won several sportscasting awards, and went to Fenway 30 times a season.
Through the years, Matt has interviewed the biggest names in the business, including Joe Torre, Manny Ramirez, David Stern, Charles Barkley, Bob Costas, Wayne Gretzky, and countless more. NFL stars and coaches Matt has interviewed live include Joe Montana, Deion Sanders, Mike Ditka, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Andy Reid, Donovan McNabb, Jeff Fisher, Michael Irvin, Emmit Smith, Dick Vermeil, Eric Dickerson, Warren Moon, and Tony Dungy.
Matt was the founding producer of Sound Opinions, the world’s only Rock and Roll talk show, hosted by Jim DeRogatis of the Sun Times and Greg Kot of the Tribune. He produced their 2 years of television on WTTW-11 as well. Matt also was a DJ at WXRT-FM.
Matt is the founder and lead singer of Tributosaurus, one of Chicago’s hottest musical acts, becoming a different band every month at Martyrs’ on the north side since 2002. His singing talents have been heard on numerous commercial jingles through the years, including Feldco, several car dealerships & casinos.
Everyone knows what the big picture is. But we’ve all been through enough sports badness to deserve enjoyment when a team is this good.
What matters is his knee. Everything else? It’s just noise.
For you perhaps, or for the casual fan, or for your guests at a rousing chaotic gathering, I offer further levels of couch enjoyment.
It can happen. What Manti Te’o is saying happened to him can, and does, happen.
The near misses for Theo Epstein’s Cubs are piling up.
Jeffrey Loria is the worst, most relentlessly wicked owner in sports.
Jake Peavy locked himself in to the South Side yesterday, quickly and decisively.
Game on, folks, it’s the fall classic. I know some of us are locked and loaded, but you might be distracted by something shiny in the corner of the room.
The Yankees are dead.
Assuming the Bears are not involved, I choose October baseball over October football every time. It’s about games of consequence.
Jake Peavy’s final appearance stands as an emblem of his time on the White Sox.
What a weird, enormous win for the first-place White Sox on Monday.
The White Sox are fighting for your interest. They’re a first place team that can’t seem to draw consistent crowds, and with the onslaught of coverage for the NFL behemoth, the Sox will struggle to draw airtime and newsprint inches.
Golden dome acolytes have surfaced since Allen Pinkett’s appearance, and angrily accused us of destroying a guest who offered time and opinions.
Provided here is a snapshot of Cubs fan culture, with a side benefit of Rozner getting beaten over the head with a purse.
What’s been fascinating, at the most compelling local trade deadline in years, is the rising knowledge and interest of the faithful.
Matt Thornton was a disaster, well before Addison Reed finally arrived to allow the final blast. Thornton’s pitch selection was odd, and he’s been mediocre all season long.
We know what kind of player Jerry Reinsdorf wants. We know this because we’ve seen the same kind of acquisition time and time again.
There’s a difference between being excited to watch a shiny new thing arrive on the scene, and being irrationally, blindly optimistic about what the results will be.
In one of the developing, most interesting stories of the 2012 local baseball season, people are picking their sides.