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. For me, it all started when 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 girl 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! Most recently, I was fortunate enough to spend 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. Podcasts of WSR are still available on http://www.internetfm.com. From what I understand, I was one of just a few women who have been a part of a weekly radio sports talk show. Hoping to do it again, and soon!
Today, I am a Sports Commentator for WRLR 98.3 FM. You can catch me Monday-Friday at 7:20 am, streaming live at http://wrlr.fm.
I also hold the title of Women's Sports Director, SRN Broadcasting & Marketing, covering the WNBA, the NPF (professional women's softball) Northwestern Football and Basketball, the Chicago Bears and Bulls...etc.
I've been so lucky in my life!
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. She has been 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 even...Joan Rivers. Can we talk?
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 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 covering breaking news as they happened. For SRN, I've been fortunate to cover the women's sports scene, including the NCAA Women's Final Four, the Chicago Sky, the Chicago Bandits, and women's full-tackle football. She was an early advocate of women's soccer in Chicago through reporting on the Chicago Red Stars.
Finally, I am a die-hard Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears and Bulls fan, and I believe that the Cubs will win the World Series in our lifetime.
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