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Steve Czaban (born June 1, 1968) is an American sports radio personality. Czaban hosts The Steve Czaban Show on Yahoo! Sports Radio weekday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m. Steve now co-hosts "The Drive" on ESPN980.(The Yahoo! Sports Radio show originates from WTEM's sister station, "SportsTalk 570" WSPZ, owing to WTEM's status as an ESPN Radio affiliate.) Czaban also does a daily sports segment for Bob & Brian, a syndicated Wisconsin-area morning show.
|Born||June 1, 1968|
Czaban was raised in a privileged, suburban, upper-middle-class family, and likes to joke he grew up "on the mean streets of McLean, Virginia." He attended Langley High School and Cooper Middle School. His father was a computer-systems analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and his mother taught elementary school. He received a B.S. in Communications and Political Science in 1990 from University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB he was the radio announcer for the Gauchos' basketball and football teams while also hosting a local sports show. Through his UCSB connections, he developed a rapport with fellow alum Jim Rome. After college, Czaban moved back to his hometown and was hired by Andy Pollin at WTEM-AM (now ESPN 980) to do updates as a part-timer. Then he was on to Chicago for One-On-One Sports Radio Network, where he met Bob and Brian, Charlotte’s WFNZ-AM, six months at ESPN Radio and then back to WTEM, where he was finally paired with Pollin on “The Sports Reporters.” He hosted GameTime with Steve Czaban on Fox Sports Radio from 2002–2005 and was formerly a guest host on The Jim Rome Show.
Drive Time Morning Show
In 2006 Fox Sports Radio moved Czaban and his radio crew to mornings as Fox Sports Radio's "First Team on Fox," later re-titled "The Steve Czaban Show." The show originated from the studios of WTEM in Washington, D.C.. On December 7, 2009, it was announced that the contract for the Steve Czaban Show, a nationally syndicated sports talk show, would not be renewed, with the last show airing on December 23. The show was replaced on Fox Sports Radio with The Stephen A. Smith Show. The Stephen A. Smith show caused some affiliates to receive complaints and soon they were allowed to broadcast the Zakk and Jack show as an alternative. By December 2010 the Stephen A. Smith Show was on the chopping block and was replaced by the Zakk and Jack Show. In January 2012 the Zakk and Jack Show was replaced with Furman and Hawkins making it the 3rd morning show to be put on the air since Czaban left.
Sporting News Radio
Czaban announced on August 2010 that he was going to return to the national sports radio airwaves as the new morning drive-time host for Sporting News Radio starting in September 2010. Czaban will be joined by his long-time sidekicks, including Scott Linn, Steve Solomon, and Al Galdi.
Radio Show Bits
Interactive features from Czaban's Fox Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, and Yahoo! Sports Radio shows typically in the third segment of the second hour. The segments usually start with the staffers offering their opinions then allowing listeners to participate via phone, text, or tweet:
- How'd Ya Like? - Monday segment in which listeners are invited to share little-noted nuggets from games occurring usually during the prior weekend. Formerly known as "Upon Further Review"
- I'm So Done With - Tuesday segment in which listeners are allowed to vent with ideas or themes in sports they are tired of hearing about (phrase authored by ex-show producer Jay Cottrell).
- Where You At, What'chu Haulin' - Rotating Wednesday segment that is an ode to truckers who are invited to call in and tell their location, destination, and load. Originated from the night show. (Now retired)
- Know Your Gear - Rotating Wednesday segment in which listeners are invited to reminisce about some old piece of sports equipment such as an old style jersey, helmet or ball.
- Mancrush - Rotating Wednesday segment in which listeners are invited to share prominent figures for whom they have a "mancrush".
- Remember When - Rotating Wednesday segment in which listeners are invited to share memories of sports figures, events and items from days gone by.
- This Might Be a Dumb Question - Thursday segment in which callers are invited to ask questions that they can't find answers for. Uses Mah Nà Mah Nà as theme song.
- Lock It Up - Friday segment in which listeners are invited to predict events from games occurring over the weekend.
Other segments include:
- The Daily Czabe - Czaban reads some interesting and bizarre stories from around the world. Fourth segment of the 1st hour.
- 90's Rejoin - Czaban has three tries to guess a song title and artist selected by producer Scott Linn. If Czabe is correct, a clip of Hawk Harrelson's catch phrase "You can put it on the booooooard....YES!" is played. Fourth segment of the 3rd hour.
- You are Looking Live - Czabe and the boys preview and pick the upcoming slate of Sunday NFL games. Each game preview starts with a clip of Brent Musberger saying his catch phrase "You are looking live..." Done on Friday during football season in the first and second segments of the 2nd hour.