In August of 2004, with RedEye still searching for its own identity, RedEye sports editor Chris Malcolm and a writer who shall remain nameless developed an idea for a column that would encapsulate the Chicago fan experience: caustic yet passionate, humorous yet desperate, hopeful yet exacerbated. The character was Bag Boy, and since 2004 this... Read more »
Since I’m running an interview tomorrow with the author of RedEye‘s Bag Boy column, I wanted to share some of his vintage columns. Enjoy! *** Make it same time, next year, please October 28, 2005 So that only took 88 years. And for those of you thinking that the bag is coming off now, think... Read more »
Hey gang! As I said last week, Eye On Chi is all about my take on the Chicago journalism scene, but it's also my own experience navigating the Chicago journalism scene, and that's what today's post is about.
A People with Passion series Chicago journalism December 9, 2011: Chuck Swirsky In the 19th installment of Jack M Silverstein’s Chicago journalism People With Passion series, Chicago Bulls radio play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky explains his on-air relationship with color man Bill Wennington, and tells the story of Ron Santo’s hiring at WGN in 1989. -... Read more »
A People with Passion series Chicago journalism December 6, 2011: Jon Greenberg In the 17th installment of Jack M Silverstein’s Chicago journalism People With Passion series, ESPN Chicago columnist Jon Greenberg discusses his path to ESPN, and why “don’t write for free” is faulty advice. - - - At what point did you know that... Read more »
Over the weekend Chicago sports fans were delighted by the Hall of Fame inductions of former Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman, Artis Gilmore and assistant coach Tex Winter. In addition to those three inductions, former Bulls broadcaster Jim Durham was a co-recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award, while former Bulls media and marketing director Brian... Read more »
In my introductory post last week, I gave you a list of the four Chicago sportswriters who helped shape me as a writer. Rick Telander was among those names, and it was his experience in the summer of 1974 that led him to pen Heaven Is a Playground which I read in 2004, instantly making... Read more »