David Kaplan (radio)
|Born||November 19, 1960
|Show||Chicago Tribune Live
Sports Night, Sports Talk Live, The David Kaplan Show
|Station(s)||WGN Radio, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WMVP|
|Children||Brett, Nicholas, Alex, Garret|
David Kaplan is an American columnist, radio and television personality who hosted the radio program Sports Central on WGN Radio in Chicago. He is the host of the highly rated "Sports Talk Live" which is a daily sports roundtable discussion show on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago. The show was formerly known as "Chicago Tribune Live" and changed names in February of 2013. In addition, he co-authored the award winning "Around Town" column in the "Chicago Tribune" with longtime writer Fred Mitchell from 2009-2011. Kaplan is also the pre and postgame host for CSN's Chicago Cubs broadcasts where he partners with former Chicago Cubs outfielder and 1996 National League Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth. He has also appeared as a guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and he was in the highly acclaimed documentary "Hoop Dreams" during his basketball scouting days. In 2011 Kaplan played a prominent role in the highly acclaimed ESPN documentary "Catching Hell" which chronicled the story of the 2003 Chicago Cubs and fan Steve Bartman who was thrust into the spotlight when the Cubs failed to win Game 6 of the National League Championship Series after leading 3-0 in the 8th inning at Wrigley Field.He is also a basketball game analyst for NBC Sports and has worked extensively as a basketball game analyst for ESPN.
Kaplan grew up in Skokie, Illinois and is a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a bachelor's degree in English. He formerly was a basketball coach at Northern Illinois University, and a scout for two NBA teams: the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle SuperSonics. Kaplan worked at Chicago sports radio station WMVP-AM before joining WGN (AM)'s sports staff as a reporter in 1995.
He became the host of Sports Central at WGN in 95' and it quickly became Chicago radio's #1 rated sports talk show. He and former Chicago Bears star Tom Waddle co-hosted the show for just over 10 years which at the time was the longest on air sports talk duo in Chicago radio history. After Waddle left to join ESPN Radio in February 2007 Kaplan hosted the show on a solo basis until March, 2010. It was the longest-running sports talk show in Chicago (began in 1982), until March, 2010 when the former Program Director Kevin Metheny, who was characterized in the Howard Stern movie Private Parts as Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton opted to replace the program with a non-sports oriented talk show. In December 2010, Kaplan signed a new long term contract to stay at WGN Radio as the primary host of a new evening talk show called WGN Sports Night. He is the only broadcaster in Chicago TV or radio history to host a daily radio show, a daily TV show, and write a regular column in a major newspaper all at the same time.
In January 2008, Kaplan was named the host of Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet. “CTL” airs live Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is a roundtable discussion of the hot stories in the sports world featuring Kaplan and a panel of guests including writers from the "Chicago Tribune". In November 2009 he and the staff of "Chicago Tribune Live" were awarded the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Interview Program for their work on CTL. Kaplan signed a long-term agreement with Comcast on December 15, 2010. The new contract calls for him to also host the Chicago Cubs pre-and post game Comcast shows and to receive his own space for news reporting and a blog on the Comcast SportsNet Chicago website called "The Kap Man".
In November 2012 Kaplan was hired by the NBC Sports Network to call college basketball games and Kaplan also calls college basketball and football games for various conferences including the Horizon League, the Mid American Conference and the Missouri Valley. He has also been the announcer for the Chicago professional lacrosse team: the Chicago Machine; he was also the announcer for the Chicago Shamrox.
Kaplan is married to Mindy who is the marketing director of the World Famous Lou Malnati's chain of Chicago style pizzerias. Kaplan has a son Brett (19) and three stepsons in 23 year old Nicholas, 21 year old Alexander, and 20 year old Garret who is a college football offensive lineman at nationally ranked Illinois Wesleyan. He also has dogs: a mini Golden doodle named Studly, a yellow Labrador Rocky, and an mutt named Yoshi. Kaplan is also an avid golfer and bowler who achieved his high score on the lanes in 2012 when he rolled a 278 as part of a 715 series.
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