was born in Philadelphia, and even though I didn't begin to
follow sports until after my family moved to Illinois when
I was five, I've been a fan of Philadelphia sports teams my
whole life. I owe that to my dad. I'm not sure if I should
thank him, or blame him.
my love of sports that drew me to broadcasting. Since my on-field
talent level was just slightly below major league quality,
I figured calling the action would be the next best thing
to being a part of the action. It just seemed like such a
cool job. Whenever I would attend a professional event, in
addition to watching pregame warm ups on the field, I'd always
try to spot the announcers and watch what they were doing
to get ready. All I could make out was a lot of paper shuffling,
note taking, and scarfing of free food - all things I love
to do! My sports broadcasting idol growing up was Pat Foley,
announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks. On several occasions,
to see if I had any ability, or desire to try this for a career,
I'd sneak a cassette recorder into the old Chicago Stadium
during a 'Hawks game, and do play-by-play, which was injected
with Foley's various phrases and inflections.
I might actually be able to make a living out of broadcasting,
I attended North Central College in Naperville. There, unlike
at most other colleges, students are given the chance to work
at the campus radio station as a freshman. I was on the air
doing a Saturday afternoon music show less than two weeks
after I started school. During my freshman year, I got the
chance to call my first game. I did play-by-play for the epic
showdown in women's basketball between North Central and Rust
College. During my time at NCC, I served as sports director
for two years, was the football, basketball, and baseball
voice for the team, and helped our station win several Marconi
Awards. As my college career was winding down, a friend of
mine mentioned that a new station was signing on in Morris.
He suggested I give them a call, and a few weeks later, I
got a job at the new WJDK as the play-by-play announcer for
Morris Redskin sports. Our coverage of Morris Lady Redskin
basketball won a Silver Dome Award in 1997.
I was handed the reins to the WJDK morning show. After getting
into radio for the chance to do sports play-by-play, I had
the most fun doing the show each day. I hope the listeners
enjoyed it as much as I did. Currently, I'm doing the morning
show on our sister station, 107.1 FM, WSPY on Mondays and
Tuesdays, while providing daily sportscasts on WCSJ and WJDK.
I'm also the voice of Morris Redskin sports, and I serve as
production director at WJDK/WCSJ. I was asked to take over
custodial duties as well, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
my wife when we were both sophomores in college. We weren't
married at the time, mind you. That came a few years later.
We've been married since 1995, and we have two beautiful daughters,
Megan and Sarah.
biggest fans are my parents, who remain my biggest fans, even
though they live outside of our broadcast range. Although,
maybe that's what's allowed them to remain fans for so long!
They are the two most caring, selfless, and supportive people
I've ever known.
one brother, who is 10 years younger than me. Although he
is a better golfer, I am taller. Thanks to our parents, we
share the same sense of humor, and similar love of Philadelphia
sports teams. We've always been a tight family that gets along
well. Anytime we get together, it's plenty of laughs, good
times, and Seinfeld references.
to following moderately successful, but ultimately disappointing
Philly sports teams, I love to golf, play the drums, and watch
(way too much) television.