Playing Catch (Up) with Connor McKnight ‘03
Connor McKnight ‘03 works at 670 The Score, a Chicago all-sports talk radio station. He has been the co-host of the Bernstein and McKnight show since March of 2018. They cover all Chicago sports with a heavy emphasis on how bad the Bears have been this year, and the station is also the home for all Cubs games.
McKnight’s reflections during a recent email interview:
"As a Cubs fan my whole life, being tangentially attached to Cubs broadcasts is very cool. Like any job, working in sports media has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day, watching a ballgame for work is far better than working on spreadsheets especially since I darn-near failed Mr. Mauthe’s geometry class.
Prior to this job, I covered college football out west, worked for a minor league baseball team, worked as a sports radio reporter and anchor, and was the pre- and post-game host of White Sox radio broadcasts.
There’s no question that the education I received at Xavier is instrumental in my job. First, everything I do, at the end of the day, is writing. My English teachers at Xavier were Ms. Centen, Mr. Riordan, and Mr. Oudenhoven. They were three of the finest teachers I have ever had, including in college.
After I graduated college, I was lucky enough to be jobless and loitering around Appleton when Mr. Oudenhoven needed some extra help. It was my unparalleled privilege to assist his teaching. I learned so much about preparation, attention to detail, and staying afloat when teaching an Honors English Class when only 23 years old. Thankfully, I had Dennis Oudenhoven every step of the way.
I will never forget the grace, dignity, and faith that exuded from both Dennis and Carla Oudenhoven through that remarkably difficult time of his passing. Further, the support given to them by the Xavier community was nothing short of inspiring.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Mr. Mauthe once more. He ran the forensics team the four years I was there and his guidance helped me in public speaking. His ruthlessness in cutting me from the tennis team each and every year helped me understand that life isn’t fair.
Mr. Romenesko is a Xavier treasure. He runs the theater department, sure, but for most, he runs a haven where being outlandish, imaginative, showy, and loud was not only understood but encouraged—as long as you were at rehearsal on time.
Those skills help when doing a radio show. Solid writing, a bit of self-assuredness, a willingness to be wrong—and laugh when you are—are all great skills in this line of work. That I have any of them in even the smallest quantity is, at least in part, thanks to Xavier".