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WSI News Index - Mark Liptak
Marc Hill Speaks!
He was there for the ascent of the Winning Ugly Sox! He was inside the clubhouse as the team came up just short in the ALCS. And he was there for the decline and dismantling. He is Marc Hill, a fan favorite on the South Side now speaking directly to the totally biased Sox Fans of WSI in this EXCLUSIVE interview with Mark Liptak!
Part 2: Sox and the Media
The second and final installment looking into the long strange trip between the Sox, Sox Fans, and the local media. A "bad neighborhood" filled with violent Sox Fans? Learn what started the myth and why it persists amongst those carrying their own agenda. WSI's Mark Liptak takes WSI's totally biased fans on an exhaustive review of key events and quotable quotes every Sox Fan should know.
Sox and the Media
Part I. What Sox media coverage came before 2005 and what has resulted in the time since our Sox won Chicago's first baseball championship in 8+ decades is a subject of great interest -- and sometimes anger -- for a very large number of Sox Fans. How do the fans, the players -- and yes, even members of the media -- recount the sordid history of our Sox and wider world observing their efforts, whether as disinterested parties or rabid partisans. WSI's Mark Liptak takes WSI's totally biased fans on an exhaustive review of key events and quotable quotes every Sox Fan should know.
David Haugh speaks!
Does he read the fan comments? Does he have a viewpoint on who the next Sox GM ought to be? Does he have insights into what might be the key trade Kenny Williams pulled that changed the post- World Champion Sox ballclub? Totally biased Sox Fans get all the answers from the Tribune's David Haugh in yet another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak for White Sox Interactive!
Jeff Torborg speaks!
It's hard to imagine a period of faster change than the three years Jeff Torborg managed the White Sox. From 92 losses his first season to 94 wins the following year, challenging the eventual A.L. champion Athletics throughout the final summer at Old Comiskey Park. Now the ex-manager speaks directly to Sox Fans about this memorable period and highly unusual events leading to his ouster after the 1991 season. It's another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak for the totally biased Sox Fans of White Sox Interactive!
Walt Williams speaks!
Inside the clubhouse for the last of the "Go Go" Sox teams in '67. There too in 1970 when the Sox couldn't beat anybody, and there still for the "outhouse to penthouse" surge under Chuck Tanner. It's hard to imagine anyone with more insight into these pivotal teams in franchise history than Sox outfielder Walt Williams. This fan favorite of the red pinstripes era speaks directly to Sox Fans in another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak for the totally biased Sox Fans of White Sox Interactive!
Mark Gonzales speaks!
The Sox beatwriter for the Chicago Tribune talks about the ballplayers, the clubhouse, the front office and even a bit about Sox Fans. What insights does a reporter with everyday access like Mark's share about the 2009 season concluded and the prospects for 2010? It's another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak for the totally biased Sox Fans of White Sox Interactive!
On the Brink
At what point does a point of fact simply become a lame excuse? The 2009 White Sox may certainly have been on the brink the past six months, but a final record four games below .500 can't be easily explained away as anything more than wishful thinking about how much promise this team ever delivered on the field. WSI's Mark Liptak sums up a season that ends too soon.
A Good Decade
The conclusion of the 2009 Sox season brings to a close the first of the new century (close enough) and the first complete decade in WSI history, too. How do these ten seasons, 2000 through 2009, stack up in the big scheme of South Side baseball? As Mark Liptak notes, it was a very good decade!
Bill Mercer speaks!
It was a revolving door of talent inside the White Sox broadcast booth through the years the franchise struggled for financial survival on the South Side. Bill Mercer remembers those years sharing the booth with legend Harry Caray and the crazy times surrounding the team, the players, and Old Comiskey Park! It's another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak for the totally biased Sox Fans of White Sox Interactive!
Mike Hershberger speaks!
Pitching, defense and timely hitting were the hallmarks of the Sox of the Go Go era and young outfielder Mike Hershberger was square in the middle of many of the winningest of these Sox teams. He was there for three consecutive 94+ win seasons and the heartache of finishing second all three times. Now Mike shares his memories from these memorable years on the South Side. It's another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak for the totally biased Sox Fans of White Sox Interactive!
Joe Cowley speaks!
He has covered the Sox since 1998 and like White Sox Interactive, has been there to witness the near-collapse of the franchise's support following the baseball strike and White Flag trade right through to its most glorius achievement to date -- an 11-1 playoff run capped with a world championship sweep. He is Joe Cowley and he speaks about all the controversy surrounding himself, his newspaper, and the full-range of events from rags to riches success of the Chicago White Sox. It's another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak for the totally biased Sox Fans of White Sox Interactive!
Joe McConnell speaks!
Few broadcasters have a more extensive resume than Joe McConnell, but none more noteworthy to Sox Fans than the five season he provided the radio call of our Sox transformed from perennial also-rans into division champions -- Chicago's first in twenty years! Beyond mere stories of Bears, Broncos, or even his current duties covering the Boilermakers, McConnell shares memories of a glorious period in South Side baseball history filled with names every Sox Fan knows so well. It's another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak for the totally biased Sox Fans of White Sox Interactive!
Stan Bahnsen speaks!
He was a 21-game winner for the near-miss 1972 White Sox during a critical period in franchise history. He is Stan Bahnsen! Now WSI's totally biased Sox Fans can catch up with this hero from Sox history in this exclusive interview from WSI's Mark Liptak and actually HEAR the call of the final outs in his 1973 near no-hitter effort for the Sox. Who loves ya, Sox Fans!
A Look Ahead
The 2008 Sox season is over so all that is left now is to consider what the next Sox roster ought to look like come opening day, 2009. WSI's Mark Liptak looks at what worked well and what needs a tune up these next six months. It's never too early to look ahead, Sox Fans!
Chris Rongey speaks!
When it comes to covering the White Sox, nobody puts in a longer day than WSCR's Chris Rongey! Host of both the pre and post-game shows and filling air time to entertain Sox Fans every time the rain falls, too, it's Chris that rides the ups and downs with every Sox Fan through 162 games. Now in this EXCLUSIVE interview, Chris shares his insights as an Sox insider, the on-field moves to watch, and how he avoids pitfalls during his extended broadcast day. From White Sox Interactive and Mark Liptak!
It's News to Me!
Carlos Quentin is injured but what about the news surrounding it? Something is very wrong when the news story becomes secondary to the news storyteller! It's bad enough relying on facts offered from self-important bigger-than-life media personalities, but as WSI's Mark Liptak notes, what about the need to simply get the facts straight, too?
Bob Grim Speaks!
If you're a Sox Fan and you don't live in metro Chicago, Bob Grim is a very important man for you! As Sox Senior Director of Business Development and Broadcasting, it's Bob working with national broadcasts, helping resolve "black out" issues, and making support of the Sox attractive to the widest group of Sox Fans he possibly can. Speaking for all of "White Sox country" is Bob's job! Now he speaks directly to WSI's totally biased Sox Fans with unique insights to share. Another EXCLUSIVE interview from White Sox Interactive and Mark Liptak!
Ron Hansen speaks!
He came to the Sox in trade for franchise icon Luis Aparicio. He played on three consecutive South Side teams to win over 90 games. He got Joe Horlen his last out in the 1967 no-hitter that everyone believed could launch the Sox to World Series glory that season remembered on the South Side today as the Improbable Nightmare. He's Ron Hansen and he's here to speak to WSI's totally biased Sox Fans about glory and heartbreak in the 1960's. Another exclusive interview from WSI by Mark Liptak!
Chet Coppock Speaks!
Whether drawing more wrestling fans to Sox Park than the '70 Sox could draw baseball fans, covering roller derby nationwide, announcing Chicago Cougars hockey at the old International Amphitheater, or covering any of the city's major sports clubs, Chet Coppock has done it all with a unique flair truly his own! Years before lesser talents turned sports talk into mere sportsblab, it was Coppock alone on the radio dial hosting a world of sports personalities virtually inventing the show format from scratch. Now Chet speaks to totally biased Sox Fans of his time on the South Side, watching and covering both the triumphs and disasters of the Sox, his past mentors and his ongoing passion for the game. Another EXCLUSIVE interview by Mark Liptak and WSI!

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