Columbia’s pretty rad. We’ve got things going on and, better yet, things to do and take part in. Since my last two CBT articles...
Mizzou Sports Properties, Fox Sports Net, Mark and Brian Radio Show, Mascot Books, the Official Sports Report, Donoho Ink, LLC.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Author, sportscaster and broadcaster. I host the Tiger radio basketball post-game shows. I have done some broadcast work, recently for Fox Sports Net. I do sports once a week for the Mark and Brian Radio Program, which is based in Los Angeles and syndicated through much of the western United States. I have written two children’s book for Mascot Books. Those books are “Hello, Truman!” and “Hello, Truman! Show Me Missouri!” I also co-wrote and published “MizzouRah! Memorable Moments in Missouri Tiger Football History.” I also write a daily sports column for the Official Sports Report, a daily e-mail sports publication.
YEARS LIVED IN COLUMBIA: Four and a half.
ORIGINAL HOMETOWN: Munster, Ind.
EDUCATION: B.J. from the University of Missouri, 1977.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Stand By Me Mentor at West Boulevard Elementary School.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Upon graduation from the University of Missouri in 1977, I was a sportscaster for WOTV in Grand Rapids, WLWT-TV in Cincinnati (our anchorman and commentator at the time was Jerry Springer), FNN/Score Network in Los Angeles (where I hosted a sports trivia show called “Time Out For Trivia”), KABC-TV in Los Angeles, KLOS-Radio in Los Angeles, Fox Sports Net in Los Angeles, ESPN Radio in Los Angeles. I’ve also done freelance work for NBC Sports, ABC Sports, Turner Sports and Fox Sports Midwest.
A COLUMBIA BUSINESSPERSON I ADMIRE AND WHY: Cynthia Schreen because I have known her for 30 years, and Gary Evans because he keeps his golf ball in the fairway.
WHY I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT MY JOB: I love sports. I love sports stories. I love telling those stories in both the written and spoken word.
IF I WEREN’T DOING THIS FOR A LIVING, I WOULD: Be teaching. I think we are all teachers.
BIGGEST CAREER OBSTACLE I’VE OVERCOME AND HOW: Too many hurdles to pick out just one. I think that’s the way it is for most people.
A FAVORITE RECENT PROJECT: My newest book, “Hello, Truman! Show Me Missouri!,” which can be purchased at bookstores and at www.mascotbooks.com.
WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS PROFESSION: There are no 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs. Lots of nights, holidays and weekends.
WHAT I DO FOR FUN: Golf, gardening, Mizzou sports and family.
FAMILY: Wife Paula is an English teacher at Jefferson Jr. High School. Son Kevin is a sales rep in Oklahoma City for Nestle. Kevin is married to Lauren, who is a second-grade school teacher. They have one daughter, Meghan, who is two months old. Son Jeff is a second-year law student at the University of Missouri School of Law. Son Scott is a junior in engineering at the University of Missouri.
FAVORITE PLACE IN COLUMBIA: The first tee at Country Club of Missouri.
ACCOMPLISHMENT I’M MOST PROUD OF: I married Paula Gerber on Aug. 18, 1979, and we’re still married.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT I: I was a professional wrestler for one night. I wrestled Pretty Boy Bob Harmon at the old Cincinnati Gardens. I lost. Andre the Giant was also on the wrestling card that night. I also once bought a hot dog for Magic Johnson at the Chicago airport when Magic was only 17 years old. I have reminded Magic on numerous occasions that he still owes me a hot dog.