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Mark Giangreco, WLS, ABC 7: Exclusive Interview

Mark Giangreco, WLS, ABC 7: Exclusive Interview
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 put it. 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. Giangreco’s speech was the best of the night. It was snappy, funny, concise, witty and very educational about the state of media today. “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...

Ring Lardner award honors: Mark Giangreco, Red Kerr, Frank Deford

Ring Lardner award honors: Mark Giangreco, Red Kerr, Frank Deford
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 put it. 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 Sports Media Awards Tue: Lardner influenced Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ring Lardner Sports Media Awards Tue: Lardner influenced Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald
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...
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Darren Rovell Award Winner: Chicago Cubs

Darren Rovell Award Winner: Chicago Cubs
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 thesportsbank.net@gmail.com...

Tim Doyle interview on 670 The Score a must listen

Tim Doyle interview on 670 The Score a must listen
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...

ABC 7's Mark Giangreco Tweets Snarky Comment on Kendall Gill-Tim Doyle Altercation

ABC 7's Mark Giangreco Tweets Snarky Comment on Kendall Gill-Tim Doyle Altercation
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...
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Will Fox Sports 1 enable Fox Sports to eventually compete with ESPN?

Will Fox Sports 1 enable Fox Sports to eventually compete with ESPN?
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...

Chet Coppock has a new Chicago Sports book out (exclusive interview)

Chet Coppock has a new Chicago Sports book out (exclusive interview)
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 website. 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...

Inaugural Darren Rovell award winner: Darren Rovell

Inaugural Darren Rovell award winner: Darren Rovell
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 »
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Notre Dame game highest rated of year; outdraws 2 BCS games

Notre Dame game highest rated of year; outdraws 2 BCS games
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 »