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Sports is my passion. I am a die-hard Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls and Bears fan.
But here's a question for you: Did you ever play sports with a boy or girl?
Ladies, were you able to run cross-country, marathons, and play on boys baseball and football teams?
I'm here to say it wasn't always that way. A Park District registrant told me--at age six--that I couldn't sign up for T-ball...because I was a girl! For a baseball-loving tomboy who regularly played in the neighborhood,this was crazy. But this was the pre-Title IX era in the Chicago suburbs. Didn't know it at the time, but a passionate and tireless advocate was born that day.
Title IX allowed equal access to educational facilities for all, male or female. Once Title IX was implemented, I was free--at last--to follow my dreams of being a sports reporter and writer. And what a ride it's been!
I've been one of just a few women who've been privileged to take part in the on-air world of radio sports.
I started working in sports--humbly enough--as an Andy Frain for the Chicago Bears. I began my broadcasting career at WBEZ-FM in the sports department, covering the ascent of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990's, the Chicago Bears' transition from Mike Ditka, the Stanley Cup runs of the Mike Keenan-led Chicago Blackhawks, and the ups and downs of the Chicago White Sox.
I then spent nine years as a news and sports reporter at the former UPI Radio Network, interviewing, among many others, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Jeremy Roenick, Mayor Richard M. Daley, former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Pat Buchanan, then-Senators Carol Moseley-Braun and Peter Fitzgerald. I was honored to cover a variety of special events, including the visit of Princess Diana in 1996, interviewing singer Gloria Estefan, Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue, and the late Joan Rivers.
After a stint as the "Third Man" in the WRMN-AM 1440 broadcast booth on the NAFL champion Kane County Eagles semi-pro football team in the early 2000's, I joined SRN Broadcasting in 2000, covering college football and basketball, the Alamo Bowl, and later, NCAA women's basketball.
I was named Women's Sports Director in 2006 and covered the women's sports scene, including the NCAA Women's Final Four, the Chicago Sky, the Chicago Bandits, and women's full-tackle football. I was an early advocate of women's soccer in Chicago through reporting on the Chicago Red Stars. I spent nearly three years as the co-host of the "Weekend Sports Report," on WKRS-AM 1220, with host Les Grobstein (yes, "The Grobber,") and SRN Broadcasting's Steve Leventhal, sparring on a weekly basis on all things sports.
I came to WKRS-AM 1220 "The Voice of Lake County" in 2003, eventually running weekend programming, serving as sidekick for several program hosts, writing and anchoring news and sports reports, covering elections and breaking news.
From 2012-2014, I served as the Sports Commentator for WRLR 98.3 FM during the morning drive. I also had the opportunity to report sports for Rivet News Radio, again, the 'Token Female' of the sports beat!
I've been so lucky in my life!
I always welcome your comments, opinions, and suggestions as you read "Token Female." I am available to talk, guest-lecture, or write about my experiences in any setting.
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