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Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Chet Coppock (April 30, 1948-April 17, 2019)

Author and broadcaster Chester W. Coppock has passed away just 13 days shy of his 71st birthday. Coppock was a passenger in a car accident in Okatie, South Carolina on April 6, 2019. He was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, where he died from injuries sustained in the accident on April 17th.

Mr. Coppock's broadcast career began in high school, when he broadcast on 88.1 FM WNTH Winnetka at New Trier High School. After producing Milwaukee Bucks radio, he returned to Chicago to host Sports Rap on WSNS TV 44.

Mr. Coppock then moved to WFLD Channel 32 as a newscaster and staff announcer. In this clip, he tosses a pie in the face of the original Svengoolie, Jerry G. Bishop.

Mr. Coppock was the national television voice of Roller Derby. “We were carried by 275 stations both on the mainland and around the world...I'm one of just a few sportscasters who’ve ever received fan mail from Guam.” Mr. Coppock stated.

Mr. Coppock spent six years at WISH-TV channel 8, then a CBS affiliate and now a CW affiliate, where Jane Pauley shared the anchor desk with him.

In 1981, Mr. Coppock returned to Chicago on WMAQ-TV NBC 5 for three years, following in 1984 at then WMAQ AM 670 as Sports Director, where he created Coppock on Sports, which moved to then WLUP in 1988.

Chet hosted Back Table, an interview show that was carried by SportsChannel/Fox Sports Net. Mr. Coppock co-hosted The Mike Ditka Radio Show as well as talk shows featuring NBA coaches Phil Jackson and Doug Collins. He was studio host for the NBA radio network, and received a Chicago/Midwest Area Emmy Award for his work on Chicago Bears Weekly.

In 1994, Mr. Coppock hosted NewSportTalk on Cablevision in New York.

In the late 1990s, Mr. Coppock was heard on Fox Sports Net Chicago.

From 2006 to 2015, Coppock hosted Notre Dame football and basketball pregame and postgame shows on WLS-AM 890.

Mr. Coppock served as a football consultant and had an on camera role in the motion picture "The Express" starring Dennis Quaid, which also featured FuzzyMemories.TV forum member Kevin Szaflik in 2008.

In 2009, Coppock penned the Coppock On Sports blog, covering Chicago sports for www.ChicagoNow.com and published his first of five books "Fat Guys Shouldn't be Dancin' at Halftime."

Mr. Coppock hosted The Winning Edge on the Discovery Channel.

In 2013, Coppock was named the recipient of the "Jack Brickhouse Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame.

Coppock is an occasional contributor to the "Rant and Rave" segment on FOX 32 Chicago (WFLD) with anchor Lou Canellis.

As part of his work with the Blackhawks' Heritage Series, Coppock makes frequent appearances with Hawks legends Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and Denis Savard.

In 2014, Coppock published his second book "Chet Coppock: Laying it on the Line."

Screaming Yellow Theater (Svengoolie) - "Pied By Coppock" (1972)

Here's another segment from Screaming Yellow Theater - the original Svengoolie, which aired on WFLD Channel 32 from 1970-1973. Svengoolie was played by Jerry G. Bishop. This is from Show #43 - Movie 1, Break 3. It was directed by Dave Dillman. And that's Joe Oher doing the clapboard, who later also produced and directed (and did some writing) on the Son of Svengoolie show.

This one features an appearance by Chet Coppock - giving a pie in the face to Svengoolie during the "Scare Mail" segment. Sven also talks about the losing campaign of Sig Sakowitz and sings him a goodbye song. Sig was a columnist for the Sun-Times and radio talk-show host who apparently ran an unsuccessful campaign for President at one time.

Note: the voice at about 25 seconds in that says "And what was that?" was done by Rich Koz.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, November 10th 1972. (recorded on Tuesday, November 7th 1972)

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