Chet Coppock to Emcee ‘Grand Slammer’

PRESS RELEASE – Heʼs colorful even by Chicago standards. He has more energy than the Energizer Bunny. He is a sports talk pioneer. Now heʼs coming to Joliet on March 10 to emcee what promises to be a special event: the unveiling of the Joliet Slammersʼ logo.

“I know Chet loves baseball and I know Chet loves music,” Slammers General Manager John Dittrich said. “Heʼs very excited to host this event that combines the best of both worlds and we are thrilled to have him.”

Coppock started broadcasting at age 17 while attending New Trier High School. His career in professional radio got off to an auspicious start as he was the radio producer for the Milwaukee Bucks when they won the NBA title in 1971.

The venerable announcer is best known for “Coppock on Sports,” a show he created in 1984 when he was Sports Director at WMAQ. The show featured long-form interviews around the country with prominent people involved in sports. This “sports magazine” format inspired a variety of shows in the years that followed.

Coppock became part of the Bulls broadcast team just in time for Michael Jordanʼs first NBA title. He hosted the pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows those years. In 1994, he got an offer he couldnʼt refuse so he left for
the Big Apple to host a live TV show called “NewSport Talk” on Cablevision.

But his heart remained in the Windy City and he returned in the late nineties to work for Fox Sports Net Chicago. You also might know Coppock from his days doing the PA at Wrigley Field for Bears games, his time as a ring announcer for WWF, the years he was the national TV voice of Roller Derby, his column in the Sunday Sun-Times, co-hosting the Mike Ditka Show, the plethora of commercials heʼs voiced, and his numerous charitable efforts.

The “Grand Slammer” will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL as the Slammers reveal their team insignia for the first time. It will also feature Dodgers legend Maury Wills, “Sudden” Sam McDowell, Joliet baseball legend Jack Perconte, former Northwestern baseball star Michael Huff, entertainment from the Blooze Brothers band and recently retired Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust. Additional guests will be announced as the event draws near.

Tickets for the event are sold out! A waiting list has been created. Call the Slammers at (815) 722-BATS (2287) to put your name on the list. For more information you can visit the Joliet Slammers Facebook Page.

The Joliet Slammers are members of the Frontier League of Professional Baseball. The Frontier League is the oldest continuously operating independent professional league, in its 19th season in 2011. For more information about the Frontier League visit www.frontierleague.com

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