On Monday, February 10th David Kaplan will host as some of Chicago’s current and former professional athletes receiving honors at the 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards. The Live Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet (7:30 PM) from the Hilton Chicago (International Ballroom).
The honorees chosen are top athletes from Chicago’s professional teams who have made considerable contributions to their teams and the Chicago community. The proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes
This year’s honorees include:
(Bear of the Year) Patrick Sharp (Blackhawk of the Year)
Nazr Mohammed (Bull of the Year) Welington Castillo (Cub of the Year)
Nate Jones (White Sox
of the Year) Mike Magee (Fire of the Year)
Stan Mikita (Lifetime Achievement) Alyssa Gialamas (Inspirational Athlete Award)
Tickets are $400 per person. To purchase tickets to the 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards, please call Kate Adams at (312) 596-4721 or visit CSNChicago.com/sportsawards26
Now we move on to an exclusive discussion of sports media and sports that David Kaplan and I had by phone recently...
David Kaplan is certainly a local sports media figure who truly needs no introduction.
He's a columnist, radio and television personality who hosts The David Kaplan Show on WGN Radio (weekdays 7 to midnight) and Sports Talk Live, a daily sports roundtable discussion show on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago (Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.) He also co-authored the award winning Around Town column in the Chicago Tribune with Fred Mitchell from 2009-2011.
David Kaplan is also the pre and postgame host for CSN's Chicago Cubs broadcasts where he partners with former Chicago Cubs outfielder and 1996 National League Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth.
Kaplan grew up in Skokie and is a graduate of Hamline University.
He formerly was a basketball coach at Northern Illinois University, and a scout for two NBA
teams: the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle SuperSonics.
Kaplan worked at WMVP-AM before joining WGN's sports staff as a reporter in 1995.
In part one of this three part series, The Kapman and I discuss the biggest trending Cubs topics right now. Off the heels of the annual Cubs Convention, there are some important Cubs topics making the news. Look for part two next week discussing: media, media criticism, balancing being a journalist and being a fan, and how players and coaches react to criticism...
CSN Chicago President Jim Corno passed away today. Senior Director of Communications Jeff Nuich posted a CSN tribute to Jim on the CSNChicago.com website (link).
And below you'll find the Comcast SportsNet Chicago statement-- (from Phil Bedella – VP/GM, Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
Jim Corno (President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago) passes away at the age of 66...
Remember Jen Patterson
? The former Comcast SportsNet Chicago and 670 The Score personality? She, along with husband and former Chicago Blackhawks
player Nick Boynton, welcomed daughter their Harland Grace Boynton to the world three weeks ago on June 11th. Harland is Boynton’s third daughter; he has two children from a previous relationship.
achieved local fame a few years ago as “Jen-Jen the engine” on WSCR as a producer/sometimes on-air personality. She left 670 The Score for Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she covered high school sports and was an integral part of “Monsters in the Morning” with Mike North and Dan Jiggetts. Eventually, her relationship with Boynton surfaced and it (unofficially) got her fired
from Comcast Sports Net Chicago in October 2010. Neither CSN Chicago nor Patterson ever confirmed that the relationship was the reason she was terminated; but the entire city believes it's the truth, so we’ll go with that.
Here’s what Jen Patterson is doing today
I really do love the Chicago Blackhawks “hit the ice” introduction video
. The CGI effects are top notch.
However, the very first thing I noticed in the vid is Coach Quenneville’s faux “media
There are only three microphones placed under Coach Q: WGN TV, WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet; the Blackhawks
three broadcast partners. Now why would a front-runner franchise even bother doing this? Why have any corporate media
logos? Or instead throw in more media
outlets and make the fake presser look genuine? Still, this is ultimately meaningless minutia; at least compared to the more important thoughts that it provokes.
If you’re a media
outlet who also broadcasts a team regularly, you are no longer a true news-gathering agency. At least not in regards to that specific team. You are beholden to that franchise and your on-air talent are de facto PR representatives; not reporters or journalists...
You won't see Kendall Gill
back on Comcast SportsNet Chicago any time soon. Most likely, you'll never see him again on CSN. We don't have an official statement yet from Comcast VP Phil Bedella, or anyone else at the station of similar rank, but the handwriting is certainly on the wall.
The talk among media circles is that Gill has lost that job; exactly like we thought he would.
However, you can still see his work
on a national stage via NBA TV.
did an exclusive with ESPN 1000′s Waddle and Silvy
a week ago. (He comes on around the 1:30ish mark here
). This was the first time Kendall Gill
talked publicly since he punched Tim Doyle in the face in mid March.
Kendall didn't say much about the Tim Doyle incident.
For obvious reasons...
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page)
As most of you know by now, I had a slip-up last week on the air while covering the Blackhawks playoff series. As a result of the attention it received, an old web-based sports comedy series I participated in several years ago came to light. The intention of that show was to present a satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach to sports but, unfortunately, some of the material it contained was off-color and offensive. I understand why some may have been offended by it and for this I am truly sorry. To be clear, that show in no way reflects my personal opinions.
It has always been my dream to cover my hometown teams on the network I loved watching. I have worked tirelessly to develop my skills as a sports reporter, anchor and host, and I want to thank the city of Chicago for allowing me that opportunity. The outpouring of support I have received is overwhelming and it will remain in my heart, as will Chicago. Always.
As you no doubt have heard, Susannah Collins
was let go by Comcast SportsNet Chicago late Thursday night. As I reported immediately, it wasn’t CSN
that terminated her employment, it was the Chicago Blackhawks
. The order came from up on high within the Blackhawks
I knew this because I’ve covered the team for years and I know how the propaganda machine works at 1901 W. Madison.
I know how hands-on, petty and paranoid the front office and Media Relations are.
They’re Draconian about message control and hypocritical about sexual imagery
. They’re especially hypocritical in their selling of that sexual imagery.
They’ve crushed reporters in the past for no good reason other than they knew that they could. And I knew they did it again with Collins.
I was the first one to report
that it was the Blackhawks
, and not CSN, behind this. A few on-air personalities from 670 The Score
had my back instantly as Laurence Holmes, Joe Ostrowski and Herb Lawrence re-tweeted my story, and endorsed what I had to say.
The next day, talk of Susannah Collins
dominated The Score airwaves, and Score afternoon host Dan Bernstein, who has probably influenced me as much as any media
member in this market, started saying the same thing I had said: this was the Blackhawks
Update: Susannah lands a new gig
It was likely pressure from the Chicago Blackhawks
organization itself and not CSN that led to Susannah Collins
being dismissed from Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Obviously, this is a severe over-reaction
by the team in response to her simple “flub” Tuesday.
As you obviously know, Susannah Collins
made pretty much every homepage you can think of between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon: AOL, Yahoo!, Yardbarker (twice actually, the second time was for her interview
of Danica Patrick
during Shoot-the-Puck) and every online news agency: E! News, Huffington Post, NESN, well, whatever you get the idea.
Collins inadvertently said that the Blackhawks
had a “tremendous amount of sex
during the regular season.” She meant to say “success.” She made a mistake, she corrected herself right away. And she moved on. She took it, and all the publicity that came later, like a champ.
Her Twitter stream that night
conveyed that she’s a professional, and that she has a sense of humor about herself. (Obviously, she's been silent there since May 1)...
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page)
UPDATE 5-3-13: Susannah is fired by Comcast SportsNet. This link explains why I believe the Blackhawks themselves had more to do with her dismissal than CSN!!!
was hired by Comcast SportsNet Chicago this past September. You know her best from Chicago Blackhawks
broadcasts; but Collins also covers Bulls
, White Sox
for the network. CSN has broadcast partnerships with all four Chicago teams. Susannah Collins
became an internet superstar last week thanks to ’80s icon Mr. T (watch here to see him score a goal)
It was one of the best moments in shoot-the-puck history; right up there with this one.
is both an Illini
and a local. She grew up in the western suburb of Downers Grove, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2001. For a full biography go here.
There’s so much going on in April with Chicago sports, and at CSN.
So what better time than now to talk Blackhawks
, Derrick Rose
and more with a famous CSN anchor/reporter? (Yes, that’s a rhetorical question)
And yeah, we discuss Jim Belushi and Mr. T too.
You can follow Susannah Collins
and on Facebook
(She may or may not be on Google+ as well, but I didn’t look because no one cares about Google+)...