5 Questions with...WGCI's Tony Sculfield

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5 Questions with...WGCI's Tony Sculfield

By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of Communications
CSNChicago.com Contributor

October 28, 2009

Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the citys most popular personalities on the spot with a new weekly feature entitled 5 Questions with...

Every Wednesday exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weekone of the funniest men, not only on Chicago radio, but in Chicago periodhis comedic stylings can be heard Monday-Friday from 5:00-9:00 AM on WGCI 107.5 FM as he hosts the incredibly popular morning show, The Morning Riot, with Nina Chantele & Leon Rogershere are 5 Questions withTONY SCULFIELD!

BIO: Tony Sculfield is an explosive comedic performer unlike any other, whose ability to engage an audience is nationally known. His stand-up comedy performances are heralded by critics and his peers consider him one of the most talented comedians in the country. Tony has toured and performed with numerous comedians in the entertainment industry over the years, including MoNique, Mike Epps, Jamie Foxx, D.L. Hughley, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer to name a few. He has also appeared on HBOs Def Comedy Jam, BETs Comic View, Comedy Central and Showtime.

Known as the One Man Riot, Tony is the centerpiece of WGCI 107.5 FMs wildly-popular morning show, The Morning Riot, (weekdays, 5:00-9:00 AM), featuring co-hosts Nina Chantele and Leon Rogers, heard by an average of over 900,000 Chicago listeners each day.

A Chicago native, Tony has mastered the art of being able to find humor in anything from Jay-Z to Jay Walking. Regardless of the event, Tony's comedic style makes light of some of life most hilarious moments. Tony's saying is "If you can laugh at it, you can live through it.

1) CSNChicago.com: Tony, we all listen to you on WGCIs The Morning Riot, not to mention watching your hilarious stand-up appearances over the years on TV. What is more enjoyable for you personally, entertaining your audience on the radio or on the stage?

Sculfield: A few years ago I might have said I enjoyed standup more, but in the last couple of years, I've come to realize the power of doing a radio show in the 3rd largest radio market in the country. I have a voice in the community that the people appreciate, but I still try to use humor to get my messages across.

2) CSNChicago.com: What comedians inspired you over the years as you developed your stand up act and, a quick follow-up question, name some up-and-coming young comedians out there should people start paying attention to?

Sculfield: My favorite comic of all time is George Carlin, but as I came up doing comedy, guys like Michael Colyar, Cedric the Entertainer, Deon Cole and Kenny Howell, who were my peers in the game, inspired me more than the greats because we were in the trenches together starting up. Up-and-comers like Hannibal Buress, Marlon Mitchell and Muhammad are definitely some of my faves.

3) CSNChicago.com: With the NBA season beginning this week, what are your predictions on what teams around the league will be contenders come playoff time and, from a local standpoint, what are your thoughts on this years Chicago Bulls team, especially the way the team finished last season in that epic seven-game playoff series against the Celtics?

Sculfield: I think the Lakers are no doubt the team to beat out west. In the east, you've got to say Boston with K.G. coming back. Also, I do like Denver, San Antonio and Cleveland of course with Big Shaq. As for the Bulls, they are a great young team. I was at the home playoff games last year. Just incredible!! Playoffs again for sure.

4) CSNChicago.com: WGCI has been on the cutting edge of hip-hop and R&B music for years now and many of those hits are heard on your morning show every day. Name some artistssongs on your iPod that your listeners would be shocked to know about and would make them say Tony listens to THAT?! CSNChicago.com readers want to know, please tell us!

Sculfield: Well, people might trip on the fact that I love rock! I basically listen to all types of music. You'll find some Blind Melon, some Nirvana, and some Smashing Pumpkins. I've even got Julia Fordham in the iPod.

5) CSNChicago.com: The Morning Riot with Nina and Leon is no doubt a huge success with radio audiences throughout the city, not to mention the millions of listeners who tune into the show on WGCI.com. Explain the chemistry with the three of you on why your show has become such a big hit with listeners?

Sculfield: Well, the chemistry is this. I'm the Anchor, Nina's the Informative one, and Leon is the Loose Cannon. It all works because we all get a chance to shine. We have a ball in the studio, and laugh like fools for four hours every morning. The listeners know we try to give them what they need, from the listening ear to that outrageous material!

BONUS QUESTIONCSNChicago.com: Anything you want to plug that you can share with us Tony? We want to hear about it

Sculfield: Starting up again on January 28, 2010 (along with the fourth Thursday of every month going forward), please make sure to check out Tony Sculfields Variety Show, featuring the very best acts in Chicago. The action takes place at the Jokes and Notes Comedy Club, located at 4641 S. King Drive in Chicago. Showtime is at 8:30 PMbe there!!

Sculfield LINKS:

WGCI 107.5 FMThe Morning Riot

Tony Sculfield on Facebook

Tony Sculfield on Twitter

Archie Miller a good hire at Indiana, but his promotion to the big time comes with big-time expectations

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Archie Miller a good hire at Indiana, but his promotion to the big time comes with big-time expectations

Archie Miller is the new Indiana head basketball coach, and while that gives Indiana the big splash it wanted for Tom Crean's successor, it remains to be seen whether it will please the Indiana fan base and its monster-sized expectations.

Miller is a great get for the Hoosiers, a guy who's taken the Dayton Flyers to four straight NCAA tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2014, a round the Hoosiers themselves haven't reached in 15 years. Miller has Big Ten experience, a former Thad Matta assistant at Ohio State, and he has experience recruiting in Big Ten Country.

He's been in line for a promotion from the A-10 to a major-conference program for a couple years now, and he was one of the biggest names at that level that Indiana or any other major-conference program looking for a new coach could have snagged.

But weren't Indiana fans expecting Steve Alford to come back to Bloomington?

Keeping in line with the enormous expectations this fan base always seems to have for this program, the internet was hoping athletics director Fred Glass could woo the former Indiana star back to his alma mater, pry him away from the most tradition-rich program in the country to spearhead a rebuilding effort for the team that finished tied for 10th in the Big Ten standings this season.

Those hopes seemed pretty unrealistic from the beginning — though it is difficult to argue with the immense financial attractiveness any Big Ten program has — but a perfect example of the kind of expectations that await Miller.

Marquette is plenty of distance up the college-basketball ladder from Dayton, but it was Crean, too, who made a career leap to the Hoosiers almost a decade ago. Crean's nine-year tenure featured some program-saving digging out from the horrendous spot Kelvin Sampson left things in. It also featured two outright Big Ten championships and three seasons of 27 or more wins. But all that couldn't keep the crushing expectations off Crean's shoulders, and one season after he won a conference title in one of the toughest conference's in college hoops, he was out.

Crean's kind of success wasn't good enough at Indiana. Will Miller's be?

Of course there was inconsistency that accompanied Crean's winning. The Hoosiers were just two wins above .500 this season, the same thing that was true a season after Indiana earned a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament. The two winningest seasons during Crean's tenure were followed by years in which Indiana didn't make the NCAA tournament. Not the kind of trajectory a program expecting a national championship wants to see, hence his firing.

But that goes to show how tough the task is in Bloomington, not necessarily when it comes to building a winner but when it comes to pleasing the folks in this basketball-loving state.

That's Miller's job now, and there likely won't be too long of a honeymoon period. Miller won at the lower levels of college basketball, winning 102 games over the past four seasons, but the Big Ten is a different animal. Another former Matta assistant, John Groce, found that out over his five seasons at Illinois. After getting hired off a Sweet Sixteen run at Ohio, Groce made the NCAA tournament just once in his five seasons in Champaign, the reason for the Big Ten's other coaching change this offseason.

Miller comes to Indiana with a better resume than Groce brought to Illinois — the A-10 is a much better league on an annual basis than the MAC, and Miller did more consistent winning over a longer stretch — but with a similar challenge ahead of him. Illini fans soured on Groce relatively quick, with questions about his job status lingering for a couple of years before he was fired earlier this month. Certainly Crean was never free from questions about his job status during his time in Bloomington, not even getting them to go away with a Big Ten championship last season. Will Hoosier fans treat Miller any differently if a deep tournament run doesn't come in one of Miller's first few seasons?

Of course, that all comes with the territory of being a college basketball coach, and Miller knows that well from his time as a major-conference assistant and with his brother the head coach at Arizona. But now he has to live it every day.

Miller is a great hire by Glass. It's time to find out if Indiana and its sky-high expectations make for a great landing spot for Miller.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

Click here to watch the game or download the NBC Sports App, your home for live streaming coverage of the Blackhawks.

Five Things to Watch:

1. How will Blackhawks respond to worst loss of season?

The Blackhawks suffered their worst loss of the season on Saturday in a 7-0 rout at the hands of the Panthers. It was the first time they've lost by at least seven goals since 2011 when Edmonton beat them 9-2 and the first time they lost 7-0 since 2001 against San Jose; the Blackhawks lost to Washington 6-0 earlier this year. But by no means was Saturday their worst effort of the season. A questionable interference penalty by Marcus Kruger led to a two-man advantage, which Florida cashed in on with a goal and another shortly after, and it opened up the floodgates. Expect a big bounce-back against a hungry Lightning team.

2. Lightning fighting for playoff lives.

Every game is a must-win for the Lightning with eight games remaining on their schedule. They're three points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on the Bruins, who currently occupy that spot, but still have to jump the Islanders. The Lightning didn't do themselves any favors by losing three straight in regulation last week, but they've won two in a row and tonight will be the first of a four-game homestand for them.

3. Keep the puck off Nikita Kucherov's stick.

There isn't a hotter player in the NHL right now than Kucherov, who has seven goals and two assists in his last four games. He's had two hat tricks in the past month, and he ranks sixth in the league with 78 points and second in goals with 38. You know how lethal Artemi Panarin's slapshot is from the left faceoff circle? That's Kucherov, but on the right side.

4. Staying disciplined.

The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team in the league, but they acted out of character Saturday by racking up 30 penalty minutes. They were also slapped with a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties, which isn't something you normally see from Joel Quenneville's teams. Ryan Hartman, who along with Marcus Kruger was penalized for "yapping" at the officials, accepted responsibility for it after the game, and insisted it "won't happen again."

5. Special teams to play key factor?

On the flip side, the Lightning are the second-most penalized team, averaging just over 11 penalty minutes per game. Power plays will be key for the Blackhawks in an effort to keep Tampa Bay's collection of talented young goal scorers off the ice. The Lightning also boast a top-five power play unit with a 22 percent success rate. Both teams would be better served staying out of the box and making this a 5-on-5 battle.

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