5 Questions with... WTMX 'The MIX's' Kathy Hart


5 Questions with... WTMX 'The MIX's' Kathy Hart

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of CommunicationsCSNChicago.com Contributor

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 everyones favorite weekly local celeb 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 weeks special guest on the ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of 5 Questions with: shes the co-host of the No. 1-rated and wildly-entertaining morning radio show in Chicago who can be heard weekdays from 5:30-10 a.m. on 101.9 FM WTMX The MIX ... shes a devoted wife, a proud mom of three kids and a huge Chicago sports fan who can also pretty much kick anyones behind with her expert knowledge in martial arts ... shes a true Chicago original, here are 5 Questions with... KATHY HART!

BIO: Growing up, Kathy Hart wanted to be a detective and despite fantasies about being Sydney Bristow from "Alias, she is glad to be on the air at The MIX, close to her hometown of Crystal Lake. After years of working in radio in Rockford, Phoenix, and Raleigh, she decided to quit her job and move home. Kathy enjoys the perks of her position such as meeting celebrities, but is happiest when she's on a massage table. You may be surprised to know that Kathy was in the chess club and her family was in the Clinton Fencehoppers Snowmobile Club.

1) CSNChicago.com: Kathy, first up, congrats on the massive success for the Eric & Kathy show on The MIX. You and your on-air partner Eric Ferguson, who happened to be the very first guest interview for CSNChicago.coms 5 Questions with... exactly one year ago, are just simply dominating the Chicago morning airwaves these days. How does it feel to be a co-host of the No. 1-rated radio show in a huge market like this and how much pressure is there for you and your entire morning team to maintain that No. 1 status going forward?

Hart: Having grown up in the area, I was a Chicago radio geek, almost bordering on "groupie" status, requesting songs, trying to win contests and crushing on Bob Sirott, so I recognize the significance of being successful in this town. We try to never forget who our audience is and never forget to just have fun. Our industry is constantly evolving. There is pressure not only to be aware of our on-air competition, but also satellite radio, CD's, mp3's, etc. We know if we keep our listeners as an active part of the show, stay local and reinvent ourselves, we'll do OK.

2) CSNChicago.com: Who were some of your favorite in-studio celebrity guests ever to appear live on the Eric & Kathy show and what made their appearances so much fun for you personally ... and, a follow-up question, tell us whos the one guest that left you a little disappointed?

Hart: Ive answered this question the same way for years and Im still waiting for something to top it. When Lenny Kravitz was at his height of popularity (and I was a HUGE fan) he came into the studio. I had read that he was braggin on his grilled cheese sandwich and no one could make one better. We challenged him to that. I got two of my favorite things that morning: Lenny Kravitz and the best grilled cheese sandwich Ive ever had.

As for a guest who disappointed us ... one of the first that comes to mind is when Mark Wahlberg hung up on us. He's very private and we were instructed to not ask any personal questions. In a somewhat indirect way, we asked what could be construed a personal question, so he immediately hung up on us. Other guests in similar situations occurred when Nick Lachey had broken up with Jessica Simpson, we were told to "not go there." We asked him who his favorite Simpson was ... "Bart, Homer or Marge? He laughed and was totally cool about it.

3) CSNChicago.com: As a mom with children involved in competitive sports, what advice do you have for those parents out there who take their kids participation in sports a little too seriously?

Hart: Its important to teach kids a competitive spirit, however, its just as important to teach them to be a good sport and a gracious loser. Fortunately, my kids are following in my footsteps and are not at the top as far as skill level, so I dont have to worry about travel teams and the drama that sometimes goes with it. For that reason, as far as sports go, I embrace mediocrity in my kids!

4) CSNChicago.com: Your popular Web site, www.HealthywithHart.com, is devoted to helping both adults and their children live a healthier lifestyle on a daily basis. In a society where, unfortunately, more adults and kids are becoming increasingly overweight, tell us your basic thoughts on what people need to do to simply get the ball rolling on a healthier lifestyle track.

Hart: Being healthy is a simple equation that every one of us already knows. Eat right and exercise. Unfortunately, convenience is killing us. Its too easy, inexpensive and convenient to buy food that is not healthy. It takes a conscious effort to break the bad habits and eat healthy. As for exercise, we all know we should do it but its just too easy to be lazy!

A fact that shocked me was when was I read former Surgeon General C. Everett Coop said, "Nearly 75 percent of all deaths that occur in the U.S. each year are from diseases that could've been prevented through proper nutrition. Holy crap! That's a wake-up call to pay attention to what we put in our bodies. My mom recently went through treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and I learned a lot about how toxic our everyday environment is not only with the foods we eat, but household products, etc. All that said, there are days I HAVE to have a cheeseburger or a Rosati's pizza!

5) CSNChicago.com: Name five songs on your iPod that listeners would never hear on The MIX.

Hart: U2: Out of Control; Franz Ferdinand: No You Girls; 3 Days Grace: Break; LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out; Dixie Chicks: Not Ready To Make Nice


101.9fm The MIX Eric & Kathy home page

Kathys blog on wtmx.com

Kathys Healthy with Hart official Web site

Kathy Hart on Facebook

Kathy Hart on Twitter

In Game 1, Jon Lester doesn't quite live up to his World Series reputation: 'We got a long ways to go'

In Game 1, Jon Lester doesn't quite live up to his World Series reputation: 'We got a long ways to go'

CLEVELAND – While the Cubs came into this World Series as the heavy favorites, the team with the global following and baseball’s best roster on paper, Jon Lester understood the challenge ahead. The Cleveland Indians would counter with their own Game 1 ace, a dynamic reliever changing the way we think about bullpens and a future Hall of Fame manager.

That’s how it played out in a 6-0 game that felt a lot closer, Corey Kluber pitching like a Cy Young Award winner, Andrew Miller handling the seventh and eighth innings and Terry Francona improving his record to 9-0 in World Series games.     

Welcome to “Believeland,” where the Fourth Street bars on Tuesday were buzzing more than seven hours before first pitch. That night, LeBron James and the Cavaliers would get their championship rings and watch the banner-raising ceremony at Quicken Loans Arena, just up the street from Progressive Field.

By the first inning – when pitching coach Chris Bosio had to walk out to the mound to talk to Lester – the red video ribbons lining the stadium said: “CLEVELAND AGAINST THE WORLD.” With the bases loaded, Lester had just drilled Brandon Guyer with a pitch, forcing in a second run, a sequence set in motion by walks to Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez’s soft infield single up the third-base line.

It didn’t matter that Lester would eventually settle down and pretty much control this Cleveland lineup. (Except for that rocket Roberto Perez launched off the left-field railing for a solo homer and a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.) Or that the Indians didn’t run all over the bases, with Francisco Lindor going 1-for-2 in stolen bases. (“Whatever, it’s happened all year," Lester said.)

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This is Cleveland’s blueprint for October, maybe its only chance to win its first World Series since 1948.

“It’s always important (to get a lead), no matter what time of year it is,” Lester said. “It makes a manager’s job a lot easier. It makes your job a lot easier. When you give a guy like Kluber – who’s locked in from pitch one – two runs in the first, it makes his job a lot easier. I know the feeling on the other side. You’re just able to attack differently.

“With the bullpens and all that stuff that they’re setting up nowadays, all you got to do is get through six.”

Lester kept it a 3-0 game, but didn’t finish the sixth inning, a rare October night where he didn’t seem to be automatic. Until Tuesday night, he had gone 3-0 in three World Series starts, allowing only one earned run in 21 innings.

Lester won his two World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, overlapping with Francona and Miller at different points. This is why the Cubs gave Lester a $155 million contract, to set the tone on the mound and within the clubhouse.

Near the end of a 103-win regular season – and even after winning the franchise’s first pennant in 71 years – Lester has offered colorful versions of: We haven’t done anything yet.

But Lester – the National League Championship Series co-MVP after putting up a 1.38 ERA against the Los Angeles Dodgers and watching the Cubs win both of those starts – also doesn’t do overreactions to losses.

“We got a long ways to go,” Lester said. “If we win tomorrow, we’re right back in it. Just like LA – everybody counted us out after Game 3. They said we were the worst best team in baseball. We’re here. We’re not giving up.

“I know my guys. I know my team. And I know that nobody in this clubhouse is giving anything up.”

Andrew Miller's outstanding postseason continues with escape to beat Cubs

Andrew Miller's outstanding postseason continues with escape to beat Cubs

CLEVELAND — Andrew Miller added another impressive chapter to an already legendary postseason performance on Tuesday night.

The Cleveland Indians reliever pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to preserve a three-run lead and help his team achieve a 6-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series in front of 38,091 at Progressive Field.

Despite putting four men on base, Miller added two more scoreless innings to his 2016 playoff résumé. Miller also struck out more three batters, giving him 24 in 13 2/3 innings this postseason, the second most by any reliever in playoff history. Critical to the effort was the strikeout of Cubs veteran David Ross with a checked swing on a 3-2 slider to strand the bases loaded in the seventh.

“You’re just trying to see the ball as long as you can and stay up the middle,” Ross said. “The 3-1, that’s the one that kinda messed me up. It didn’t break as much, so now you’re like ‘OK, let’s protect and just battle.’ ... Looking back at it, I wish I just stood there and not swung at all. If I could rewind. If it were that easy. I wish it was. And then he’d throw one right down the middle and America hates me.”

Ross has had his share of success against Miller before, though it all came when the left-hander was still a struggling starting pitcher. The veteran catcher is 3-for-5 with a walk against Miller in his career. But that wasn’t the reason Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to stay with Ross instead of pinch hit for him with either Jorge Soler or Albert Almora Jr. with two outs in the seventh inning and Miller struggling for the first time all postseason.

With a man on and nobody out, Miller took over for Corey Kluber and walked Kyle Schwarber — only Miller’s third free pass of the postseason. Javy Baez followed with a single to load the bases.

But Miller rebounded quickly and retired Willson Contreras on a fly out to shallow center before he struck out Addison Russell. Based on his experience, Maddon thought Ross was the right man for the spot.

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“I thought David could hit him or David would accept his walk more than the other guys,” Maddon said. “David works good at-bats in that moment. So I felt good about him, actually. I felt better about him.

“I think with Soler coming off the bench or Albert they had less of a chance than David because I thought there was a two-fold opportunity to either get the hit or draw the walk.”

Ross worked the count to his favor quickly as he took a fastball for a ball, and after swinging and missing a slider, took two more balls to get ahead 3-1. But Miller dropped a slider in for a called strike and then turned to it once again, getting Ross to commit just enough for the third strike. The strikeout improved the Indians’ chances of winning by 26.5 percent, up to 94.7, according to fangraphs.com.

“I was trying to throw a really good one because if he hits it, it goes a long way,” Miller said. “That’s David Ross. I think even he would say, you can pitch to him, but if you throw something in his wheelhouse it’s going to go a long way and do some damage. Fortunate that it worked out. I threw a good one that was in a spot that he went after in the situation.”

Miller struggled again in the eighth inning as he walked Kris Bryant and allowed a Ben Zobrist single with two outs. But Miller — who allowed two hits and two walks for the first time all season in 77 appearances — struck out Kyle Schwarber to strand the pair.

The Indians’ key acquisition before the July 31 trade deadline threw 46 pitches, the most he’s thrown in a game since Sept. 8, 2011, when he was still a starter.

Indians manager Terry Francona wouldn’t commit to whether or not he’d use Miller in Game 2 on Wednesday. Francona cited how Miller bounced back after throwing 40 pitches in a Game 1 victory over Boston in the American League Division Series and would have been ready if needed. But any number of factors could keep Miller from pitching, and Francona is happy to have a 1-0 series lead in his pocket.

“I don’t know,” Francona said. “He was ready to come back and pitch the next night. I just think there’s a lot that can happen.

“But we won tonight. I think when you have a lead, you try to win.”