David Kaplan (radio)

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David Kaplan
Born November 19, 1960
Chicago, IL
Sports Night, Sports Talk Live, The David Kaplan Show, Kap and Haugh
Station(s) WGN Radio, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, The Game 87.7 FM, WMVP
Spouse(s) Mindy[1]
Children Brett, Nicholas, Alex, Garret[1]
Website http://www.csnchicago.com/pages/the_kapman

'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 "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. After a nearly 21 year career at WGN Radio, Kaplan is now the host of "Kap and Co." a daily sports radio show that airs on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago from noon to 2:00pm.

He was also the co-host of the "Kap and Haugh" show on Comcast Sports Net which aired from 2013-2015. He partnered with longtime Chicago Tribune lead sports columnist David Haugh on this show. Kaplan has won three Emmy Awards for his television work including 2 at Comcast SportsNet and 1 for hosting the highly successful "A Piece of the Game" which is a sports memorabilia show that airs nationally and has received multiple awards for excellence. In addition, he co-authored the award winning "Around Town" column in the "Chicago Tribune" with longtime writer Fred Mitchell from 2009-2011. He is the only person in Chicago media history to host a daily TV show, a daily radio show and write a regular column in a major newspaper all at the same time.

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 documentary "Hoop Dreams" during his basketball scouting days.[2] In 2011 Kaplan played a prominent role in the 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.[1][3] He was an assistant on head coach John McDougal's staff at Northern Illinois University from 1983 to 1986.[4][5] He was also a scout for two NBA teams: the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle SuperSonics.[1] Kaplan worked at Chicago sports radio station WMVP-AM before joining WGN (AM)'s sports staff as a reporter in 1995.[1][3][6]

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.[3][6][7][8] In December 2010, after the removal of Metheny, 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.[9]

In January 2008, Kaplan was named the host of Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet.[10] 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.[11] [3][12]

In November 2012 Kaplan was hired by the NBC Sports Network to call college basketball games after a long stint as a basketball announcer for ESPN. 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.[10]

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 (21) and three stepsons in 25-year-old Nicholas, 24-year-old Alexander, and 22-year-old Garret. He also has 3 dogs: a yellow Labrador named Rocky, a mixed breed named Yoshi who he and his son Brett adopted at a Chicago Wolves hockey game in 2008 and a Siberian Husky named Sparky.


  1. ^ a b c d e "David Kaplan Bio". WGN Radio. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Kaplan, David, Mitchell, Fred (8 November 2010). "Around Town". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Larz (15 December 2010). "David Kaplan Signs Long-Term Contract Extension With Comcast SportsNet Chicago". Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Korcek, Mike. "Funeral Services Set For Former Northern Illinois, DePaul Cage Assistant Coach Jay Goedert," Northern Illinois University Athletics, Tuesday, July 6, 2004.]
  5. ^ "2009 NIU Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced," Northern Illinois University Athletics, Monday, July 20, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Feder, Robert (5 April 2010). "Kaplan leaves 'Sports Central' with classy farewell". WBEZ. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (25 March 2010). "WGN-AM recasts Kaplan, gives Laski 'Sports Central' slot". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Feder, Robert (12 November 2010). "‘Pig Virus’ quarantined: Metheny, Laski driven out from WGN". WBEZ. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Sports Central". WGN Radio. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Anchors". CSNChicago. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  11. ^ Greenfield, Jimmy (9 November 2010). "Congratulations to ChicagoNow's Emmy winners!". Chicago Now. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (15 December 2010). "David Kaplan gets new deal at CSN Chicago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 December 2010.