WLS TV’s Mark Giangreco
was the Ring Lardner
Award recipient for Excellence in Sports Journalism at the Union League Club of Chicago
. The Lardner awards are like the Heisman Trophy for journalists; as Giangreco
has been with ABC 7 since 1994. From 1982-94, he was with NBC
5 WMAQ. Giangreco
has won three Emmys, two Lisagor Awards, two AP awards and also Father of the Year from the Chicago Father’s Day Council.
’s speech was the best of the night. It was snappy, funny, concise, witty and very educational about the state of media
“I want to thank you so much for elevating my tv puppet show for one night,” Giangreco
said in self-effacing humor.
“I’m very serious about not taking sports seriously; and I work really hard in trying to make it easy, look easy. And in today’s day and age you cannot compete with the internet, social media
, so we have to make people come into the tent and tune in to see what we’re going to do with a video everyone has already seen, or how we’re going to handle a story everyone has already read,” he said.
“That’s a serious challenge now, and I think with leagues and teams controlling their product to a point where they have their own television studios, their own cameras, their own reporters, their own websites, pumping out video, a lot of it is propaganda. I think it’s our duty to take a few shots across the bow just to keep ‘em honest.”
“And I’ve added a good time doing it,” he added...
The Ring Lardner
Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism were held Tuesday night at the Union League Club of Chicago
. The honorees this year were-
Broadcast: ABC 7 WLS TV Mark Giangreco
; Print: Sports Illustrated/NPR/HBO Frank Deford; and Posthumous: Chicago Bulls
and Fighting Illini
icon Johnny “Red” Kerr.
The Ring Lardner
awards are like the Heisman Trophy for journalists; as Giangreco
Proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. The Union League Club
, which was founded in 1879, has been recognized as one of the top city club in The United States...
Ring Lardner (1885-1933) was a legendary American figure in two of my favorite fields: satire and sports-writing. He was great both at telling a sports-related story, and doing it in a snarky way.
The Ring Lardner Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Union League Club of Chicago
. Cocktails at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:30, and the awards to follow. The honorees this year are Broadcast: ABC 7 WLS TV Mark Giangreco
; Print: Sports Illustrated/NPR/HBO Real Sports' Frank Deford; and Posthumous: Chicago Bulls
and Fighting Illini
icon Johnny “Red” Kerr.
Proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. This year Frank Deford’s award is being presented by Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times while Mark Giangreco
will receive his award from Bob Vorwald, Producer of WGN Sports...
ESPN and ABC reporter Darren Rovell
is coming to Chicago Cubs
Social Media Night on August 21st.
*Faceplant* (credit Julie DiCaro @JulieDiCaro
) And may I add #letdown #epicfail #pleasedon't.
Obviously, this grants the ballclub a Darren Rovell
award. All national sports media
and local Chicago media
are eligible for the Darren Rovell
award. Of course, priority will be given to Chicago sports media
candidates. With Darren Rovell
being a Northwestern
alum, this award is both local and national.
The Darren Rovell
award will be given to the entity who either a.) gives us obvious product placement in their journalism or b.) engages in prodigious self-promotion. The Cubs
are guilty of both because they are now adding gallons of gasoline to the Rovellian fire.
If you have a candidate for the Darren Rovell
award, email firstname.lastname@example.org...
Three days after a fight with Comcast SportsNet analyst Kendall Gill during an episode of CSN’s new show “Sports Talk Live,” Big Ten Network analyst Tim Doyle was on 670 The Score's "McNeil and Spiegel Show"
to discuss the incident. And Illinois and Northwestern basketball. As well as the Northwestern coaching search.
However, it's not the discussion of the recent scuffle or the college hoops material that makes this audio file a must listen. It's the perspective on life you can gain from hearing Doyle's words...
It's not just local, but national news now- the Kendall Gill vs. Tim Doyle scuffle
Of course, now it's put on the backburner with Brian Urlacher not coming back to the Chicago Bears,
but it's still a huge story. Doyle discussed it on 670 The Score Friday morning, and his spot is a MUST LISTEN.
Gill, the Comcast SportsNet Chicago Bulls analyst is currently suspended from CSN for the rest of the season.
What an emotional, controversial week for the program! On Friday, the same day Illinois won their opening round
game, the suspension of Gill an Illini legend from the 1989 Final Four team, was made public
. And on Sunday night, Illinois gets eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, partially because of a blown call that was so blatant even an opposing player admitted it to the press.
Of course, I called this on February 24th. When writing about the format change from Chicago Tribune Live to SportsTalk Live I said:
"Just don't have BTN's Tim Doyle on; because he has a track record of not saying intelligent things on the air
The Big Ten Network has not taken any disciplinary action against Doyle, their television analyst, at least not publicly.
And Doyle is currently covering the NCAA Tournament for BTN. The network will have no further comment on the matter. However, ABC 7 Chicago sports anchor Mark Giangreco had a comment, a very colorful one...
With the launch of Fox Sports 1, hopefully one day Fox Sports will be able to rival ESPN, the World Wide Leader.
ESPN owns the sports media the way Google owns the search market. It's great for those companies, bad for the consumer and even worse for competitors. These two imperial corporations are so world-dominating that they're almost a brand synonymous with the product a la Kleenex, Rollerblade, or Xerox.
Hopefully, Fox Sports can change that as Fox Sports 1 takes off. Because with great power comes great responsibility, and ESPN has excessively abused that power. It’s been pretty obvious for quite some time that ESPN is more of a sports marketing company than it is a sports news company. No one embodies that as much as obvious shill Darren Rovell
? Ralph Nader once called George W. Bush “a corporation disguised as a human being.” Darren Rovell
personifies that quote in the sports media world
We can't have more creatures like Darren Rovell on the air. We must stop it now before our long national nightmare begins. Hopefully Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1 can...
Chester Coppock, a.k.a. Chet Coppock
is an American Emmy award-winning radio broadcaster, television broadcaster and sports talk personality. Coppock publishes Daily Coppock
videos and interviews on DailyCoppock.com
, as well as an audio podcast
called Coppock on Sports
available on iTunes. Coppock can currently be heard on Notre Dame
football pregame and postgame on WLS Radio, as a featured content contributor for the Heritage Series
on the Chicago Blackhawks
Coppock is recognized as one of the most notable alumni of New Trier High School in Winnetka, where he got his start, broadcasting football and basketball games on the school radio station. Since then he’s hosted, co-hosted multiple shows over the years with WMAQ-TV, WMAQ radio, WLUP, WMVP, Fox Sports. He’s been a prominent staple of the Chicago sports media
scene for decades. In the 1990s Coppock also co-hosted The Mike Ditka Radio Show
as well as talk shows featuring NBA
coaches Phil Jackson and Doug Collins.
In 1999, Coppock received the Peter Lisagor Award for Journalistic Excellence.
In 2009, Coppock penned the “Coppock On Sports” blog, covering Chicago sports for ChicagoNow.com
In 2007, Coppock served as a football consultant and had an on camera role in the motion picture “The Express” starring Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.The film was shot at Ryan Field in Northwestern
Coppock has a new book out
. And I had an exclusive interview with him about his latest endeavor...
Welcome to the inaugural granting of the Darren Rovell award. It’s won by (no surprise) ESPN and ABC reporter Darren Rovell. Huzzah! The Darren Rovell award will be given perhaps weekly, bi-weekly, or even semi-weekly. All national sports media and local Chicago media are eligible for the Darren Rovell award. Of course major priority will... Read more »
Whether they watch to root for them, or watch to root against them- they’re watching. Notre Dame draws huge numbers. They drew the biggest overnight rating of the 2012 college football season, outdistancing the previous high for the season, Alabama-LSU on CBS. Last night, the ESPN-produced Notre Dame-USC game on ABC received a stunning 10.3... Read more »