It is hard to argue with the results of Tom Waddle’s post-football career. The gritty former receiver, who played with the Bears from 1989-1994, now is in his third decade in broadcasting.
The “Waddle & Silvy Show,” with co-host Marc Silverman, continues to post strong ratings from 2-6 p.m. for WMVP-AM 1000. Waddle continues to spend his weekends in Bristol, Conn., analyzing the NFL through this Sunday’s conference title games on ESPN‘s various platforms, including “SportsCenter.” Several times, the network also has used him as a panelist on its Sunday morning “The Sports Reporters” show.
Waddle, 48, has long since demonstrated the ability to discuss a greater range of sports topics than just football. In fact, his versatility, not to mention an engaging personality, has made him arguably the most successful of the many popular Bears players who have attempted to work in media dating back to the 1985 Super Bowl team. Going back even farther, Waddle is up there with Johnny Morris (1958-67) and Mike Adamle (1975-76) as former Bears who have had a profound impact on the Chicago broadcast scene.
“I’ve worked with a lot of former athletes, but nobody works harder than Waddle,” Silverman said. “You see how he prepares for everything, and how he wants to get better. He’s constantly bringing the energy. (On Mondays), he’s doing ‘Mike & Mike’ (ESPN Radio‘s morning show based out of Bristol at 6 (a.m.) and then he’s live for our show (in Chicago). Who else does that?”
Early on, Waddle realized he needed to have coherent thoughts on baseball, football, hockey and more. He didn’t want to be typecast as just a football guy.
It isn’t as easy as it sounds, and as former Bears long-snapper Patrick Mannelly showed, it isn’t for everyone. Mannelly walked away from a host role at WSCR-AM 670 in February because he didn’t have “the passion” for sports other than football.
“I talked to Patrick, and I thought he was great at it,” Waddle said. “But if you want to do this line of work, you have to have a passion about more than just your sport. You have to be able to spray to all fields.”
Waddle was able to develop his radio persona thanks to stability in working with two hosts. He spent 10 years with David Kaplan at WGN-AM 720. At WMVP, he is in his ninth season, and second in afternoon drive, teaming with Silverman.
Silverman says the differences in their personalities have enhanced their chemistry.
“He’s the former Chicago athlete and I’m the sports nerd who wanted to be that Chicago athlete,” Silverman said. “We always embrace how different we are. It has been a positive for us.”
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Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Kayla Anderson Added to 104.5 The Zone Morning Show
Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor to WKRN-TV in Nashville.
Kayla Anderson has been added to the 104.5 The Zone morning show, newly titled Ramon, Kayla, and Will, joining Ramon Foster and Will Boling on the Nashville station.
Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor on WKRN-TV in Nashville. A graduate of Washington State University, she has also worked at television stations in Spokane, Missoula, Tucson, and Columbus in addition to her time in Nashville.
Anderson said on Twitter she is “so excited to join this group!”
Boling had been the interim host of the morning show after the August departure of Jason Martin.
Ramon, Kayla, and Will will be heard from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM each weekday morning.
Derek Wolfe Joining 104.3 The Fan as ‘The Drive’ Co-Host
I am so insanely pumped to talk with you every afternoon on The Fan. We had a special connection when I was playing for the Broncos that’s only going to grow stronger every day on The Drive.”
Former NFL defensive lineman Derek Wolfe is joining 104.3 The Fan in Denver as co-host with Darren “DMac” Mckee on The Drive With Derek Wolfe and DMac.
Wolfe announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this year after signing a one-day contract to retire with the Denver Broncos. He was the franchise’s top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, spending eight seasons with the team, including a win in Super Bowl 50.
“To the listeners in Denver, ‘The Fan Wolfe-pack,’ I am so insanely pumped to talk with you every afternoon on The Fan. We had a special connection when I was playing for the Broncos that’s only going to grow stronger every day on The Drive,” said Wolfe. “DMac and I are going to fight sometimes, maybe we’ll fight a lot of the time, but we’ll always be working together to entertain you. I’ve always kept it 100 with you, and that’s not going to change one bit.”
“Derek is one of the most popular players in Broncos history, with the iconic image of his sack celebration in Super Bowl 50 forever etched in Denver sports lore,” said 104.3 The Fan program director Raj Sharan. “What’s so exciting about adding Derek is his connection with the audience goes far beyond his production on the field. He’s never been afraid to mince words and is unapologetically authentic. Those characteristics drew Denver sports fans to fall in love with Derek, and we’re thrilled to help Derek build on that relationship everyday as he entertains his ‘Fan Wolfe-pack!’”
Wolfe enters a role previously occupied by former Bronco Tyler Polumbus, who departed the station in September. The Drive with Derek Wolfe and DMac will be heard weekday afternoons from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM.
Chick Hearn Headlines Radio Hall of Fame Legends Inductees
Amongst other accolades, he is credited with broadcast 3,338 consecutive Lakers game from November 21, 1965 to December 16, 2001.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications announced today the selection of 10 new Legends inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame for 2022. This distinction honors those in the industry who have contributed greatly to it and have since passed away.
Chick Hearn, the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be amongst those inducted in Chicago next month. Hearn was the voice of the Lakers for 41 years (1961-2002). Amongst other accolades, he is credited with broadcast 3,338 consecutive Lakers game from November 21, 1965 to December 16, 2001.
The full list of those to be inducted as part of the Legends class are:
- Mr. Doug Banks– Nationally syndicated on-air personality;
- Mr. James Brown– Legendary singer, to be inducted as a radio station owner of WJBE Knoxville, TN;
- Mr. Bob Coburn– Host of the syndicated Rockline show;
- Mr. Chick Hearn– Play-by-play announcer/voice of the Los Angeles Lakers;
- Ms. Bernice Judis– Owner and General Manager, WNEW-AM, 1930’s–1950’s;
- Mr. Sid Mark– Host of syndicated program, Sounds of Sinatra show for 60+ years;
- Mr. Bobby O’Jay– On-air personality, WDIA-AM/Memphis;
- Mr. Pervis Spann– On-air personality, WVON-AM/Chicago;
- Mr. James Thompson– Group W Broadcasting President and President of the Broadcasters Foundation;
- Ms. Rosalie Trombley– Music Director of CKLW-AM/Detroit in the 1960’s–1970’s.
“The Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our 100+ year old industry,” Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame said. “I’m thrilled to see the Nominating Committee confirm the induction of these 10 individuals who each made such an impact on our industry in their time.”
The Radio Hall of Fame will recognize its 2022 class of inductees, including the class announced in July, during a ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st.