Chicago Sports Broadcasting

Jonathan Hood of ESPN Radio in Chicago is a highly regarded and seasoned sports broadcaster and he has a career and background to back it up! Jonathon brings sports broadcasting to a whole new level!

“J-Hood” as he’s been called by his friends and listeners is a weeknight talk show host for ESPN 1000AM and espnchicago.com since 2005. Jonathon is also currently a broadcast instructor at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting’s suburban campus in Lombard, IL. As an instructor at the radio and tv broadcasting and online media school, Jonathon teaches radio broadcasting courses such as Intro to Broadcast Announcing and Studio Operations, Digital Recording and Editing, Live Board Operations, Sports Broadcasting, Play by Play and On-Air Announcing and much more.

Jonathon been a radio broadcaster for over 20 years and is a two-time Achievement in Radio Award winner. Jonathan began his career at WKKC 89.3 FM at Kennedy – King College in Chicago. While at WWKKC, he was a DJ, news and sports reporter. His first internship was at WSCR AM 820-The Score in 1992 for the Tom Shaer Morning Show. Jonathon did not stop with one internship; he sought out and obtained a 2nd internship on the Ty Wansley Show on WVON Radio in Chicago. As an intern he impressed the staff at both stations and through his hard work and dedication, he was hired as a part time producer at WSCR in 1994.

Along with his sports broadcasting job duties at WSCR “The Score,” Jonathan was hired as a full time executive producer for the Bob Kemp Show, the Larry Cotler Show and the Fred Huebner Show on One-on-One Sports Radio Network which is now known as Yahoo Sports Radio. These opportunities gave him a wide variety of experience and allowed him to become a valuable asset to the shows he was executive producing and to the station in general.

In 1997, Hood was named executive producer of the Dan Bernstein Evening Show that would eventually become the Boers and Bernstein Mid-day Show in 1999. Hood would then go on to become a host of the show with various partners (Matt Fishman-Generation Next and Jerry Riles-Men in Black) before starting his very own show known as the The Jonathan Hood Show which began in the summer of 2000. Jonathan’s show specialized in fans feedback after games. He was host and creator of College Football Saturday with Steve Silverman for 5 years. Hood was also host of non-flagship post game shows for Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, Illinois and Notre Dame Football and Basketball and High School Holla a 90 minute show for high school football and basketball games.

Jonathan was also the host of Wrestlemaniacs in 1999. It was a wrestling show during the height of the Monday Night wrestling wars and still holds the highest ratings of any specialty show on WSCR. It’s quite a major accomplishment to say the least and is just one of the reasons Jonathon is so highly regarded as a professional sports broadcaster and as a broadcast instructor at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting. Since joining the faculty at the media school, Jonathon has helped shape and mold many of the current students who are excited to get started with their own broadcasting careers. Jonathon values the opportunity to give back to the students and be a role model and mentor to the students. With the wide range of experience and knowledge he brings to the table, the student and staff appreciates having him as one of our key instructors.

“J-Hood” as he’s been called by his friends and listeners continues to work as a talk show host for ESPN 1000AM and espnchicago.com since 2005 and has quite a large base of loyal fans. He’s hosted a myriad of shows including Chicago Baseball/Football Tonight; State Farm Motor Sports Weekly and Bulls Buzz. Hood has also covered Chicago Bulls playoff games and the Top of the World Classic College Basketball Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Hood is an avid Chicago White Sox and Georgia Bulldog football fan. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife Michelle.

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