Published on Thursday, 24 May 2012 07:09
One-time Chicago radio mega-star Mike North has yet another new job to add to his list of many others. Starting June 19th, North will become the newest columnist for the suburban newspaper, the Daily Herald.
Mike North will be contributing to both the newspaper and the newspaper's website. Twice each week, on Tuesdays & Fridays, North will contribute a new & original column for the Daily Herald newspaper. His columns will primarily focus on the world of sports. Three times each week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, North will contribute a new and original video report, exclusively for the Daily Herald website. These videos will be different from those he contributes each day to WIND-AM's website
and to his own website, NorthToNorth.com
In a statement today, John Lampinen, Daily Herald Senior Vice President and Editor, said: "We're happy to add Mike to the growing mix of voices sparking provocative sports conversation on our print and digital pages. Opinionated, engaging, sometimes controversial, he's a big kid at heart and he reflects the fans' point of view as well as any personality in town. We think he'll add to the fun of being a sports fan."
For over a decade and a half, Mike North was one of the biggest names in Chicago radio, most famously known for being one of the original hosts on WSCR-AM/The Score. With his outgoing personality, speak-your-mind attitude, and blue collar "everyman" persona, North quickly became a local media superstar, who was either loved or hated by fans. He was a star on WSCR-AM from 1992 through 2008, exiting after North and the station could not come to terms on a new contract.
Since then, he has co-hosted morning television shows on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WBBM-TV. He also had a brokered column page in the Chicago Sun-Times, hosted his own Internet radio show and was a principle executive in the failed Internet sports radio project, ChicagoSportsWebio.com. North signed with FOX Sports Radio in August 2010. He now does two weekend shows for FOX Sports Radio and is the network's principle fill-in host.
Mike North's Sunday night show for FOX Sports Radio can be heard live on WIND-AM. That station is also where Mike North can be heard Tuesday mornings talking with John Howell and Amy Jacobson, as well as Friday afternoons talking with Steve Cochran.
Additionally, work is progressing rapidly on a biography and screenplay of Mike North's colorful life story. The story is being written by Max Allan Collins, the American author best known for the 1998 graphic novel "Road to Perdition" and the 2002 Academy Award winning film of the same name starring Tom Hanks.
He had his first job as a kid selling hot dogs at Chicago's two major league baseball stadiums in the late 1960s and it seems he hasn't stopped working hard since.
The Daily Herald, based in suburban Arlington Heights, is the largest suburban-only newspaper in the Chicago market and the third-largest newspaper in the entire state of Illinois. The newspaper is distributed in the northern, northwestern and western suburbs of Chicago, serving more than 90 communities. The Daily Herald has a daily circulation estimated to be over 151,000.
In September 2011, the Daily Herald became the first major Chicagoland newspaper to place their website behind a metered paywall, asking visitors to pay a monthly or annual fee. While, that has resulted in mixed results for some smaller newspapers nationwide, it appears to have had positive results for the Daily Herald.
Since its beginnings as the Arlington Heights Herald in 1871, the newspaper has been locally owned by the Paddock family, now doing business as Paddock Publications, Inc. Despite offers, the locally-owned company has absolutely no plans on selling the newspaper to any of the larger newspaper corporations.