Published on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:05
One-time Chicago radio superstar Mike North has been announced as the new co-host of FOX Sports Radio's nationally syndicated morning show, "FOX Sports Daybreak." The move is effective immediately.
This will be North's first full-time radio job since leaving WSCR-AM/670 The Score in 2008.
North originally started with FOX Sports Radio in August 2010. For the last three years, he has done whatever the network asked of him, from working two weekend shows, to filling in on virtually every weekday shift on FOX Sports Radio, which included working holidays. His hard work has certainly paid off.
For the last two weeks, North had been filling in for "FOX Sports Daybreak" co-host Artrell Hawkins. North's radio chemistry with the show's other co-host, Andy Furman was instantly noticed by FOX Sports Radio management and the listeners. Management felt it was time to shake up their network's programming, released Hawkins, and officially hired North full-time for their morning show.
As he has been doing, Mike North will be doing the majority of his shows from his home studio in the Chicago suburbs. However, he will continue to also do live remotes for FOX Sports Radio and occasionally broadcast from the "Score! Be The Legend" radio studios found inside the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
Jeffrey Schwartz is highly-regarded former Chicago radio executive. Earlier this fall, Schwartz was named
as one of "The Best Managers in America" by Radio Ink magazine. While working in Chicago radio for over 35 years, Schwartz was a key figure in the successes of WLUP-FM, WCKG-FM, WZZN-FM, WSCR-AM, and WMVP-AM, among others. He also is a longtime admirer of Mike North's radio talents.
When Schwartz joined the Los Angeles-based FOX Sports Radio in 2010 (first as a consultant; now as the Vice President of Sports Sales for FOX Sports Radio and Premiere Networks), he suggested the network take a look at North for some fill-in work. The rest is history.
Schwartz said to CRM today that "Mike is a great talent." Regarding his ability to earn the morning show role on a nationally syndicated network after being away from full-time radio work for a few years, Schwartz said proudly of his friend, "Survival of the fittest."
The immediate promotion of North to a full-time role in morning radio is part of a larger revamping of the FOX Sports Radio line-up, much of which takes effect on January 6th.
FOX Sports Radio can be heard (in part or in whole) on over 350 radio stations nationwide. Currently, there is no Chicago outlet for FOX Sports Radio or its morning show. There is some hope by station officials that situation could change in 2014.
For those who wish to hear Mike North's morning show on FOX Sports Radio, the show can be streamed live on iHeartRadio at this link HERE
. "FOX Sports Daybreak" with Andy Furman and Mike North airs weekday mornings from 5:00am-8:00am Central time.
For over a decade and a half, Mike North was one of the biggest names in Chicago radio, most famously known for being a top host on WSCR-AM/670 The Score for many years. 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 its inception in January 1992, until his exit from the station in June 2008, leaving after North and CBS Radio 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 short-lived Internet sports radio project, ChicagoSportsWebio.com.
North, one of the hardest working men in media, will continue to work some of his many side jobs, including: writing sports columns twice a week in the suburban Daily Herald newspaper, delivering custom videos for the Daily Herald's website three times each week, hosting "The Mike North Pre-Game Show" on Sunday mornings on WIND-AM/560 The Answer, providing sports picks/tips for VegasScoresAndOdds.com, and more.