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.
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.
So much to jam in to our four-hour bag on a glorious Friday in the city.
The baseball question of the day is: Why do the Twins own Gavin Floyd? Seriously, this is amazing and awful.
It’s been interesting to look at the two fresh fish thrown into this baseball city, to slowly try to get a picture of who and what they will be.
The Chris Sale saga continues, with more mixed messages somehow, even as tangential clarity is achieved.
The filmic, stark moment that will stick with me from last night’s game?
Joe Maddon has one rule for his position players, just one. And in his mind it’s the only one he needs.
This is not the time to stand by your rookie project, when you have a better, obvious option off to a dominant start.
The White Sox are rolling, in first place this morning, in part because of Peavy and that young intriguing bullpen, but also because of the wide awake big money hitters who slumbered for all of 2011.
NHL punishment czar Brendan Shanahan caught so much flack for his soft, inexplicable non-suspension of Shea Weber, that I was worried he would overcompensate and hammer Andrew Shaw far worse than deserved.
Lin and Tebow have dominated professional sports media at times within the last six months and they share an obvious faith in God. And that’ll do it folks. Goodnight everybody.
Official results are here for this year’s Living Room Over/Unders and we hope your party was enriched by playing along.
For you perhaps, or for the casual fans and/or guests, we offer further levels of couch enjoyment.
It’s been an eventful two weeks of paternity leave. I give you seven thoughts I wish I’d had a microphone to express in the last two weeks.
After innumerable other moments in recent years when you’d think, and perhaps you openly hoped, an exit for the most confounding ballplayer in town was forthcoming, it finally goes down like this.
The GM got off the wire, helped the manager load up the canon for one final shot down to Florida, and tried his best to take down the big top once and for all.