Chet Coppock

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Chet Coppock
Born(1948-04-30)April 30, 1948
DiedApril 17, 2019(2019-04-17) (aged 70)
EducationNew Trier High School
OccupationBroadcaster, sports talk personality, writer, spokesperson
Years active1965 – 2019

Chet W. Coppock (April 30, 1948 – April 17, 2019) was an American radio broadcaster, television broadcaster, sports talk personality and author based in Chicago. His fifth book “Chet Coppock: In Pursuit of Chet Coppock” was released in July 2018. Coppock hosted the Chicago Blackhawks Heritage Series,[1] and emceed corporate sponsorship events for the Blackhawks featuring former NHL stars such as Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito and Denis Savard.

He was an occasional 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.[2]

Additionally, Coppock had served as state chairman of Indiana Easter Seals and Indiana March of Dimes, a national spokesman for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF), and had worked with other charities and foundations to help raise awareness, generate support, and increase research funding.[3] Coppock was also a spokesperson for American Taxi[4] and had done commercial work in the past for clients including McDonald's, Wheaties (National TV spots), Chevrolet and P.F. Chang’s — appearing with Chicago sports legends Michael Jordan and Walter Payton.


Broadcasting career[edit]

In 1966, at age 17, Coppock broadcast football and basketball on WNTH radio, the school radio station at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL.

In 1970–1971, Coppock was hired to produce the Milwaukee Bucks radio network. 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 then CBS-affiliate WISH-TV (now a CW affiliate) 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. 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] He also promoted wrestling events featuring such competitors as Verne Gagne, Baron von Raschke, and Dick the Bruiser. Some of these shows were held at Chicago's Comiskey Park.[7] 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.

Coppock hosted Back Table, an interview show that was carried by SportsChannel/Fox Sports Net. He also co-hosted The Mike Ditka Radio Show as well as talk shows featuring NBA coaches Phil Jackson and Doug Collins. In 1990–1991 Coppock served as the studio host for the NBA radio network. In 1992, he received a Chicago/Midwest Area Emmy Award for his work on Chicago Bears Weekly. In 1994, Coppock hosted NewSportTalk on Cablevision in New York and was one of sixty notable Chicagoans 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 and 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. Between 2006-2015, Coppock hosted Notre Dame football and basketball pregame and postgame shows 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, and former MLB 31-game winner Denny McClain.[10] In 2009, Coppock penned the Coppock on Sports blog, covering Chicago sports for[11] Also in 2009, Coppock published his first book titled, Fat Guys Shouldn't be Dancin' at Halftime, published by Triumph Books.[12]

Coppock hosted The Winning Edge on the Discovery Channel. In 2011, Coppock appeared as a featured content contributor for the Heritage Series on the Chicago Blackhawks website,[13] and continues to occasionally emcee Blackhawks events. In 2011, Coppock launched with business partner Michael Romano.[14] 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.[15] Coppock is an occasional contributor to the "Rant and Rave" segment on FOX 32 Chicago (WFLD) with anchor Lou Canellis. In 2014, Coppock published his second book titled, Chet Coppock: Laying it on the Line, self-published.[16] In 2015, Coppock published his third book titled Buffone: Monster of the Midway: My 50 Years with the Chicago Bears, published by Triumph Books.[17]

Movie career[edit]

In 2007, Coppock served as a football consultant and had an on camera role in the motion picture "The Express: The Ernie Davis Story" starring Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.[18] The film was released in October 2008.

Personal life[edit]

On February 14, 2007, Coppock was attacked in the parking lot following a DePaul University basketball game in Rosemont, Illinois.[19][20] Jaime A. Waldron of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was found guilty of battery after pleading not guilty, and he was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay court costs.[21]

Coppock was involved in a car accident in Okatie, South Carolina on April 6, 2019. He was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, where he died from injuries sustained in the accident on April 17.[22]


Coppock published five books: "If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Chicago Bears Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box with Otis Wilson" (Triumph Books, 2017),[23] "Fat Guys shouldn't be Dancin' at Half Time" (Triumph Books, 2009),[24] "Chet Coppock: Laying it On the Line" (Self Published, 2014),[25] "Buffone: Monster of the Midway: My 50 Years with the Chicago Bears" (Triumph Books, 2015).[26] and Your Dime, My Dance Floor (Eckhartz Press, 2018).


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  2. ^ "Hall of Fame". Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Chicago Radio and Media". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "American Taxi Dispatch". Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Nedeff, Adam (November 13, 2008). "The Name on the Marquee: Wrestlemania 2—What the World is Coming To". 411Mania. Retrieved December 12, 2009.
  6. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "WrestleMania". The History of WWE. Retrieved December 12, 2009.
  7. ^ Liptak, Mark. "White Sox Interactive's Exclusive Interview with CC". Retrieved December 12, 2009.
  8. ^ Landers, Sam (February 4, 2013). "Amazon: Great Chicago Stories: Portraits and Stories". Twopress Pub Co. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "WLS 890 Staff List – Chet Coppock hosting Notre Dame football and basketball pre and post-game shows". February 15, 2010. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  10. ^ "Coppock On Sports Podcast .rss feed". February 15, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  11. ^ "Coppock on Sports blog on". February 15, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  12. ^ "Fat Guys Shouldn't be Dancin' at Halftime published by Triumph Books". February 15, 2010. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  13. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks website". February 9, 2008. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  14. ^ "". Archived from the original on October 31, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  15. ^ "Chicago Sports Hall of Fame events". March 11, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "Chet Coppock: Laying it on the Line". February 15, 2014. Archived from the original on August 18, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  17. ^ "Chet Coppock Releasing Book On Doug Buffone". Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  18. ^ " credit list for "The Express"". Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  19. ^ Jim, O'Donnell (February 16, 2007). "Sportscaster Coppock Attacked Outside Basketball Game". WBBM Radio. Retrieved February 25, 2010.[dead link]
  20. ^ "Chicago Sportscaster sings at Goose Island Feb 27th 2010;". Chic. February 16, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2008.[dead link]
  21. ^ Wolfley, Bob (March 7, 2007). "SPORTS DAY: Judge settles case". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on August 26, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2008.
  22. ^ "Chet Coppock, Chicago sports broadcaster, dies at 70 after car accident". WLS-TV. April 18, 2019. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  23. ^ Coppock, Chet; Wilson, Otis (September 1, 2017). If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Bears: Stories from the Chicago Bears Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box with Otis Wilson (Not Indicated ed.). Chicago, Ill.: Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1629374086.
  24. ^ Coppock, Chet; Giangreco, Mark (September 1, 2009). Fat Guys Shouldn't Be Dancin' at Halftime: An Irreverent Romp through Chicago Sports (Not Indicated ed.). Chicago, Ill.: Triumph Books. ISBN 9781600782695.
  25. ^ Coppock, Chet. Layin it On th Line (Not Indicated ed.). Chicago, Ill.: self.
  26. ^ Buffone, Doug; Hampton, Dan; Coppock, Chet (September 15, 2015). Doug Buffone: Monster of the Midway: My 50 Years with the Chicago Bears. Triumph Books. ISBN 9781629371672.

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