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Chet Coppock To Try Out A Sports Talk Show On WLS-AM Tonight

Legendary Chicago radio & television sports talker Chet Coppock will be hosting a new, live & local sports talk show on WLS-AM tonight from 9:00pm-Midnight. This is not the start of a new weekly show necessarily, but a one-time-only try-out show.

Last Sunday night on WLS-AM, Coppock hosted a three-hour sports talk show live from Miami, FL, in advance of the following night's 2013 BCS National Championship bowl game with Notre Dame. (News of that special was exclusively reported HERE.) Based on the success of that show, WLS-AM management decided to see if Coppock, who has been the host of the station's Notre Dame pregame shows for years, could also make magic from the Chicago radio studios, talking about subjects beyond just Notre Dame.

Tonight's three hour sports talk show will feature special guests, which will include Eddie Olczyk and Stacey King, color commentators for the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, respectively.

As was the case with last Sunday's Notre Dame show, tonight's sports talk show will air from 9:00pm-Midnight, again preempting the syndicated Bill Cunningham show for one more weekend. The program will also be dedicated to the late Jake Hartford, the veteran WLS-AM host who suddenly passed way last night.

Should station management enjoy the show and see its potential in raising weekend ratings and revenue, this experiment could easily become a true weekly show. How well he does on the air is pretty much a given, though, as Chet Coppock has been talking sports professionally and successfully for longer than many of his fans and listeners have even been alive.

Chet Coppock has had a larger-than-life broadcasting career, that more than matches his larger-than-life on-mic persona. At just age 17, he began broadcasting football and basketball games for his high school, New Trier High School in Winnetka. He hasn't stopped broadcasting since. He has worked in New York, Indianapolis and Milwaukee, but is best known for his many years in Chicago radio and television. Among the many local television stations Coppock has worked at include: WSNS-TV, WFLD-TV, and WMAQ-TV. Known as "The Godfather of Sports Talk Radio," he has also worked at WMAQ-AM, WLUP-AM/FM, WMVP-AM, and most recently, on WLS-AM. He has won an Emmy Award and a Peter Lisagor Award for his work. In 2009, Coppock released his first book, "Fat Guys Shouldn't Be Dancin' at Halftime: An Irreverent Romp Through Chicago Sports."

He continues to work for Blackhawks TV, do commercial spots for local businesses, and can be found often doing video reports for NoozeBox.com.


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