Chet Coppock

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Chet Coppock (born 1949) is an American Emmy award-winning[1] radio broadcaster, television broadcaster and sports talk personality based in Chicago. Currently, Coppock is host of the Chicago Blackhawks online Heritage Series and makes frequent appearances with Hawks legends Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and Denis Savard. He is a featured video and print contributor to the Chicago Bears, the radio host of Notre Dame football pregame and postgame on WLS Radio, and a weekly contributor to the Rant and Rave segment on FOX 32 Chicago (WFLD) with Lou Canellis. In 2013, Coppock was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and honored with the "Jack Brickhouse Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame.[2] Coppock is currently a senior writer for[3] and a spokesman for American Taxi.


Radio and TV Broadcasting career[edit]


  • In 1970-1971, Coppock was hired to produce the Milwaukee Bucks radio network. The Bucks, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, captured an NBA title with a victory over Baltimore on Coppock's 22nd birthday – April 30, 1971.
  • Coppock hosted Sport Rap, a nightly Chicago TV talk show on WSNS TV, before eventually becoming a staff announcer with WFLD TV in Chicago. While at WFLD, Coppock developed a friendship with promoter Gerry Seltzer. The association soon led Coppock into a role as the national TV voice of the Roller Derby, a position he occupied for several years.
  • In the mid-1970s, Coppock held a six-year tenure as sports director at WISH-TV (CBS) in Indianapolis. His anchor desk partners included Jane Pauley.


  • In 1981, Coppock returned to Chicago and joined WMAQ-TV for three years. In 1981, he was awarded a UPI Award in the category of Illinois Broadcasting and Best Sports.
  • In 1984, while working as sports director at WMAQ radio, Coppock approached the station about creating an in-depth, interview-driven radio sports talk show. The move led to the creation of Coppock on Sports, a show in which Coppock spoke with athletes, coaches, GMs and media members in a longer, un-cut magazine format. The show's success spawned numerous imitators.
  • In 1986, Coppock served as ring announcer during the Chicago portion of WrestleMania 2.[5] Coppock's other appearances for the World Wrestling Federation include his role as commentator alongside Gorilla Monsoon for RadioWWF at WrestleMania X,[6] and guest host of a special fashion show during WrestleMania 13 weekend.[citation needed] He also promoted wrestling events featuring such competitors as Verne Gagne, Baron von Raschke, and William Afflis. Some of these shows were held at Chicago's Comiskey Park.[7]
  • In 1986, October 30, Chet Coppock was suspended by NBC-owned WMAQ Radio in Chicago for two days for his repeated sexual harassment of a female colleague at the radio station. Incidents fully documented, NBC Chicago/NY.
  • In 1987, Coppock was hired by the Chicago Sting Major Indoor Soccer League team to be their 1987–88 television announcer. His commentary partner was former Sting player Mark Simanton. Following that season, the Sting suspended operations in April 1988.
  • In 1988, Coppock moved to WLUP in Chicago to continue Coppock on Sports and also host the pre-game, half-time and post-game shows for the Chicago Bulls radio network. In 1991, Coppock was on hand for another NBA championship moment when the Bulls and Michael Jordan captured their first of six NBA titles.


  • In the 1990s, Chet hosted Back Table, a popular interview show that was carried by SportsChannel/Fox Sports Net.
  • Coppock also co-hosted The Mike Ditka Radio Show as well as talk shows featuring NBA coaches Phil Jackson and Doug Collins.
  • In 1990-91 Coppock's seven-day work schedule also found him serving as the studio host for the NBA radio network.
  • In 1992, Coppock received a Chicago/Midwest Area Emmy Award for his work on Chicago Bears Weekly.
  • In 1994, Coppock hosted NewSportTalk on Cablevision in New York.
  • In 1994, Coppock is of sixty Chicago notables featured in the book Great Chicago Stories: Portraits and Stories by Sam Landers.[8]
  • In the late 90s, Coppock was heard on Fox Sports Net Chicago.
  • In the late 90s, Coppock was heard on WMAQ 670 AM Chicago.
  • In 1999, Coppock received the Peter Lisagor Award for Journalistic Excellence.


  • From August 2000 to February 2006, Coppock on Sports made a return to the airwaves on Sporting News Radio.
  • Since 2006, Coppock has hosted Notre Dame football and basketball on WLS Radio.[9]
  • In 2009, Coppock launched the "Coppock On Sports" podcast, featured in the podcast section of Apple's iTunes store. The podcast features regular appearances from ESPN Legal Analyst Lester Munson, former MLB 31-game winner Denny McClain, and fellow Chicago radio personality Geoff Pinkus.[10]
  • In 2009, Coppock penned the "Coppock On Sports" blog, covering Chicago sports for[11]
  • In 2009, Coppock released his first book titled, "Fat Guys Shouldn't be Dancin' at Halftime." Published by Triumph Books.[12]


  • In 2010, Coppock hosted a Chicago-themed sports rivalry show on[13] The show was conceived by award-winning producer Chris Shaw and Central Coast Agency.
  • Coppock hosted The Winning Edge on the Discovery Channel.
  • Coppock appears as a featured content contributor for the Heritage Series on the Chicago Blackhawks website,[14] an as an occasional emcee for Blackhawks events.
  • In 2011, Coppock launched with business partner Michael Romano.[15] features Coppock's video blogs, Coppock's magazine-style video interviews with sports headliners, and Coppock's written blogs on sports and culture.
  • In 2013, Coppock was named the recipient of the "Jack Brickhouse Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame.[16]
  • Coppock becames a weekly contributor to the "Rant and Rave" segment on FOX 32 Chicago (WFLD) with anchor Lou Canellis.
  • As part of his work with the Blackhawks' Heritage Series, Coppock makes frequent appearances with Hawks legends Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and Denis Savard.

Movie career[edit]

  • In 2007, Coppock served as a football consultant and had an on camera role in the motion picture "The Express" starring Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.[17] The film was released in October 2008.

Community involvement[edit]

  • Coppock has served as Chairman of Indiana Easter Seals and March of Dimes campaigns.
  • Coppock has served as the Illinois chairman of the Smiles for Little City campaign.
  • Coppock has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Special Olympics.
  • Scholarships have been given in Coppock's name by the Better Boys' Foundation] and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Coppock has also served as emcee and master of ceremonies for recent Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame inductions in Chicago.

Commercial work[edit]

Coppock has done commercial work for numerous clients including McDonald's, Wheaties, Chevrolet and P.F. Chang's China Bistro.[citation needed][edit]

Coppock joined as afternoon drive-time host with Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. The website, an Internet radio station, was run in some collective fashion by convicted felon David Hernandez, former Chicago radio personality Mike North, North's wife Beatrice "Bebe" (who served as Chief Operating Officer), Jeff "Spaceball" Schwartz, and former Chicago fire commissioner Cortez Trotter. The enterprise collapsed after two months on the air, as the Securities and Exchange Commission went after Hernandez for allegedly running a ponzi scheme [see the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business,,].


On February 14, 2007, Coppock was attacked in the parking lot following a DePaul University basketball game in Rosemont, Illinois.[18][19] Jaime A. Waldron of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was found guilty of battery after pleading not guilty. Waldron was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay court costs.[20]


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  2. ^ "Chicago Sports Hall of Fame events". 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  3. ^ "". 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  4. ^ List of New Trier High School alumni
  5. ^ Nedeff, Adam (2008-11-13). "The Name on the Marquee: Wrestlemania 2--What the World is Coming To". 411Mania. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  6. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "WrestleMania". The History of WWE. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  7. ^ Liptak, Mark. "White Sox Interactive's Exclusive Interview with CC". Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  8. ^ Landers, Sam (2013-02-04). "Amazon: Great Chicago Stories: Portraits and Stories". Twopress Pub Co. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  9. ^ "WLS 890 Staff List – Chet Coppock hosting Notre Dame football and basketball pre and post-game shows". 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  10. ^ "Coppock On Sports Podcast .rss feed". 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  11. ^ "Coppock on Sports blog on". 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  12. ^ "Fat Guys Shouldn't be Dancin' at Halftime published by Triumph Books". 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  13. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  14. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks website". 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  15. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  16. ^ "Chicago Sports Hall of Fame events". 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  17. ^ " credit list for "The Express"". Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  18. ^ Jim, O'Donnell (2007-02-16). "Sportscaster Coppock Attacked Outside Basketball Game". WBBM Radio. Retrieved 2010-02-25. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Chicago Sportscaster sings at Goose Island Feb 27th 2010;". Chic. 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2008-02-09. [dead link]
  20. ^ Wolfley, Bob (2007-03-07). "SPORTS DAY: Judge settles case". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 

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