Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bowling with Jerry Riles

In 1992 Chicago radio changed forever when WSCR (the Score) debuted. The Score was manned by a great group of broadcasters who loved Chicago sports.
I am not sure if he is an "Original", but I know Jerry Riles goes a way back as a broadcaster and producer. I always enjoyed his work no matter which role he had.
I had the pleasure of meeting Riles at a charity bowling event headed by former Score legend Mike North. The Bowl-A-Thon was a great event where Score staffers, score fans and local athletes all mingled. It was like a big party and for a great cause.
I got to talk to Riles for a bit during one of the events. As usual, he seemed to be trying to perform several duties, but he took time to talk to anyone who approached him and he was in no rush. Riles wasn't just sleep-walking.
I mentioned that I really wished he had more time on the air. I always liked his style, approach and attitude. Riles liked to have new callers on the show, instead of just a steady stream of the "serial callers". After meeting him, I got the impression that Riles really was one of the good guys. He was a regular guy.
Riles has since moved on to CLTV and the Score has changed quite a bit, but I have fond memories of those early days of sports talk on the Score.
Jerry Riles and me in Arlington Heights-late 1990's.

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