Rich King (sportscaster)

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Rich King (born 1947 in Chicago. Illinois) is an American sports journalist who currently works for CW affiliate and national cable superstation WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois. He serves as sports anchor for the station's 9 p.m. newscast on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and files sports reports for the station's Sunday through Thursday evening newscasts.

Career[edit]

King was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, near Comiskey Park. He attended the De La Salle Institute and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago.[1]

King started his broadcast career in 1969 as a news and sports writer and producer for WGN-TV and WGN (AM). In 1970, Rich moved to radio station WBBM (AM) as a writer and producer, before becoming the assistant news director and managing editor two years later in 1972. In 1974, King became an on-air sportscaster along with being a color commentator and play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox baseball club for the 1980 and 1981 seasons. In January 1985, he was promoted to sports director at WBBM radio and remained in that position until he joined CBS owned-and-operated station WBBM-TV.[2] King returned to WGN-TV in an on-camera position as a sports reporter and anchor in August 1991.[3][4] After a 1994 reader poll, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that viewers appreciated the "down-to-earth, no-hype styles" of King and his fellow WGN sports anchor Dan Roan.[5]

Other work[edit]

In addition to his duties at WGN-TV, King currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and the communications committee of the American Cancer Society.

"My Maggie"[edit]

King also authored a novel entitled "My Maggie", which was published in October 2007 under King Books.[6] The book centers on the story of King's late wife and childhood sweetheart Maggie Smith, who was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of four, and whom he referred to as "an awkward tomboy with hearing aid wires tangled in her dress at the play lot" and later "a blossoming beauty." King and Smith married in 1970, they and were married for 32 years until she died as a result of cancer in 2002,[7] after having fought the disease two previous times. 75% of royalties from the book went to the American Cancer Society and the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.

Awards and recognition[edit]

King has been recognized for his achievement in sportscasting. In 1989, he had the highest approval rating (75%) among local television and radio sports reporters in a Chicago Sun-Times readers poll.[8] He was named "Sportscaster of the Year" by the Illinois Broadcasters Association in 1991. He also has won awards by the Illinois chapters of the Associated Press and United Press International for his sportscasts. In 1998, King was honored with a Regional Emmy for his coverage of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Liptak. "Flashing Back...with Rich King". White Sox Interactive. Retrieved on November 13, 2012.
  2. ^ John Ruane. "Sports TV weekend". Chicago Sun-Times. March 11, 1988. 98.
  3. ^ Robert Feder. "Cubs in prime time boost Ch. 9 ratings". Chicago Sun-Times. July 29, 1991. 29.
  4. ^ Rich King Bio, WGN-TV. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Mark Gaffney. "Sportscasters We Love to Love . . . And Hate - Weigel, Jiggets, Larrivee Win Poll Position". Chicago Sun Times. November 13, 1994. Sports Sunday, 22.
  6. ^ My Maggie
  7. ^ Janet Rausa Fuller. "Finding solace in memories: Filling book with reflections on wife a labor of love for WGN's King". Chicago Sun-Times. March 14, 2007. 10.
  8. ^ Barry Cronin. "Masters of the mike - Fans pick best (and worst) sportscasters". Chicago Sun-Times. June 5, 1989. Sports, 6.
  9. ^ "1997 to 1998 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Chicago/Midwest. Retrieved on November 13, 2012.

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