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.
Guests: Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk will join us, plus Jay Hilgenberg on the O line, Laurence Holmes live from Bears camp, and of course that hour with Stoney.
Mac is in with Boers in the afternoon, so I get that charmingly surly bastard Rozner. We’ll have some fun.
Here’s what’s coming up on Mac & Spiegs at 9, which is also the hour when NFL teams can officially sign their draft picks, and the undrafted guys they’ve already agreed to terms with
Guests: Charles Tillman joins us at 9:40 (offseason, ready for camp, HOF game, etc), PED expert Dr. Gary Wadler joins us at 11 (what’s Bautista on, if anything), and Brad Biggs talks Bears plans at noon.
There’s been a lot of discussion about Jose Bautista on the station of late, as I’ve countered what I perceive to be bitter, often lazy skepticism about his turnaround.
Hot damn game 1 was fun. Here are some impressions from the 300 level, where I’m undefeated on the season (5-0). I love the view up there…2nd row center, you can watch everything develop.
I have said it all season, beginning with the free agent signings of last summer; the Miami Heat are the NBA’s Death Star. They are impressive, powerful, shiny and imposing.
Leading up to every NFL Draft, there are countless analysts who publish multiple editions of their predictions as to how the first round, and the entire draft will shape up. Here’s a look at who the Bears are predicted to pick at No. 29.
Amidst all the talk about Starlin Castro, and where he should hit in the lineup, the sad truth about the Cubs lineup becomes clear.
Despite what the early results have been, the fact remains that the White Sox bullpen is an embarrassment of riches.
Springtime brings the annual battle between a baseball fan’s heart, and his head. Hope tries, often successfully, to defeat reason as possibilities are envisioned.
Mike Quade’s reaction to the spring training dugout scuffle has incensed many. The Cub haters have seized upon it, and many defeatist Cubs fans, expecting a sign that the status quo of losing will reign, have shaken their head in disappointment.
Some surprising, some right about where we set the line.
For you perhaps, or for the casual fan, or for your guests, we offer further levels of couch enjoyment. The guest who gets the most of the following prop bets correct should win something…you decide what.
I fell prey to it. My inner meatball reared its ugly head as I watched Todd Collins replace Jay Cutler on Sunday.
I love when the true, fearless, exhibitionist meatballs dress for their moment in the sun.
I sat around after the show at a computer in the office as I often do, taking care of odds and ends. Took care of some business, some personal, emails and such; printing a few things, whatever.
Baseball Hall of Fame decisions have to be a well educated instinct. Voters, and fans who enjoy the debate, need to inform themselves as best they can, and then simply trust their gut.
Maybe you’ve heard talk of, or even share, my standard reaction to Cubs maneuvers these days. The shrug. No matter the player acquired, I just can’t seem to divorce myself from broader feelings about the roster, and the man left in charge of the baseball decisions. Carlos Pena at 5 mil, with 5 mil deferred? Solid move. But where’s this club going next season?
Cliff Lee has turned down money to join what is the best starting pitching staff, on paper, I have ever seen. We’re not sure exactly how much he turned away…initial reports of 54 million dollars were a bit high.