- Chet has done national TV commercials
- Hosted NewSport Talk
- Sport Rap
- National TV voice of the Roller Derby
- Coppock on Sports, a vehicle Coppock used to travel coast-to-coast, speaking with athletes, coaches
- 275 stations both on the mainland and around the world,
Chet William Coppock, ask yourself these questions: Can you name a bohemian who’s been chosen man of the year by the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame? Can you name anyone who’s done the Roller Derby, and worked as a ring announcer for the World Wrestling Federation while winning a Peter Lisagor award for journalistic excellence?
There is only one answer… Mr. Chet Coppock! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Chet has done national TV commercials for Wheaties with the late Walter Payton. He teamed up with Michael Jordan as the Voice of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevrolet. For nine years, Coppock served as a sportscaster on WISH TV (CBS) in Indianapolis and WMAQ TV (NBC) in Chicago. And for three years, he hosted NewSport Talk, a New York-based live TV interview and call-in show.
It was Coppock’s first taste of championship glory. The Bucks, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, captured an NBA title with a victory over Baltimore on Coppock’s 22nd birthday.
Coppock would shortly return to Chicago where he would host Sport Rap, a nightly TV talk show on WSNS TV.
Coppock into a role as the national TV voice of the Roller Derby.
“We were carried by 275 stations both on the mainland and around the world,” Coppock says joking about his run with the Derby. ” I’m convinced I’m one of just a few sportscasters who’ve ever received fan mail from Guam.’
Coppock was off to a six-year run as the sports director at WISH TV (CBS) in Indianapolis, where his anchor desk partners included Jane Pauley.
Perhaps the essence of Coppock’s ability to draw an audience was revealed when an Indianapolis magazine ran a survey to determine the most popular and unpopular sportscaster in the market. Coppock won both polls by sizeable margins.
Coppock’s path took a different turn. While working as sports director at WMAQ radio, Coppock approached the station brass about doing an in-depth, interview-driven radio sports talk show. The move led to the creation of Coppock on Sports, a vehicle Coppock used to travel coast-to-coast, speaking with athletes, coaches, GMs and media members. The show’s success spawned numerous imitators. In fact, Coppock is often credited with creating the ‘sports magazine’ format used today by any number of radio outlets.
Coppock moved to WLUP in Chicago to continue C.O.S., and also host the pre-game, half-time and post-game shows for the Chicago Bulls radio network. Coppock picked up another championship moment when the Bulls and Michael Jordan captured their first of six titles over the next decade.
Coppock fulfilled a dream – doing live TV in New York city – when he was tabbed to host NewSport Talk. The interview and personality driven program won the respect of the toughest crowd in North America – the New York TV critics.
Coppock on Sports made a return to the airwaves, as Coppock served as a top-rated national talk show host on Sporting News Radio Network.
Having won Emmy awards and other broadcast honors,” Coppock says. “I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to give something back to the community wherever I’ve worked.
A gifted commercial announcer who prides himself on ad-libbing all spots, Coppock has done work for numerous clients including McDonalds, Wheaties, Chevrolet and P.F. Chang’s china bistros.
Chet hosted The Back Table, a popular interview show that was carried by Sportschannel/Fox Sports Net.
Coppock has also co-hosted The Mike Ditka radio show as well as talk shows featuring NBA coaches Phil Jackson and Doug Collins.
Coppock’s seven-day work schedule also found him serving as the studio host for the NBA radio network.
Other credits include: Former public address announcer for the Chicago Bears; Hosted Chicago Bears’ luncheons for eight years; Ring announcer for the World Wrestling Federation; Former Sunday columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times; Contributing author to Why I Hate the Dallas Cowboys and Who Made them America’s Team?
And finally, scholarships have been given in Coppock’s name by the Better Boys’ Foundation and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.
Chet Coppock’s golden pipes have made him one of the most highly sought-after commercial voices in the industry. Chet has done work for countless clients, including Wheaties with Walter Payton, Chicagoland Chevrolet with Michael Jordan and McDonalds with William Refrigerator Perry. When American Taxi enlisted Chet in their advertising campaign, rave reviews followed! According to Jeff Smaluk, Account Manager for classic rock station The Drive, “(American Taxi’s) commercials, utilizing the talent of Chicago legend Chet Coppock, are of the most recognized and remembered commercials in radio history.