Say hello to Connor Ulrey, Northside Manner’s very first writer. He is a 21-year-old sports writer. He’s originally from Flora, Illinois, near Carbondale, and has been at Middle Tennessee State University since 2013. He writes about nearly every sport, and he likes to dabble in lifestyles, covering concerts and festivals, and also writes newsy things from time to time. Make sure you follow Connor on Instagram by clicking here.
Next up is Adam Cipinko. Although he is always going to be a Chicagoan at heart, Adam proudly calls Atlanta home. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2014 with a degree in journalism and has more than seven years of sports radio broadcasting and writing experience under his belt. Adam has also worked for a minor league baseball team, the Lynchburg Hillcats, a Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians organization in the Carolina League. He was hired by the Hillcats to be their promotions assistant for the 2016 season. Adam spent seven months in Virginia doing everything from selling tickets, pulling tarp, and even playing the team’s mascot on a few occasions. He co-founded and co-hosted the team’s official podcast, “Cats Chat.” Adam also realized a lifelong dream, when he called a full game as a guest play-by-play and color commentator on the Hillcats’ radio network. In addition, Adam was a regular play-by-play and color commentator for Sunbelt League baseball games. When he’s not obsessing over Cubs baseball, Adam enjoys listening to Classic Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop, Motown, 90’s Grunge, and any other seemingly random genres of music. He is a semi-retired euphonium player, an avid Star Wars nerd, and TV/movie addict. He is also a die-hard Blackhawks fan, and a frustrated Bulls and Bears fan. Needless to say (his own Bar Mitzvah included), November 2nd, 2016 is the greatest day of his life.
Now say hello to Ryan Hackman. Before attending the Illinois Media School, Ryan attended North Central College where he graduated in June 2015. When Ryan was there, he contributed for the student run radio station WONC and worked for the newspaper, the Chronicle. One of his favorite sports themed shows is Garbage Time with Katie Nolan on Fox Sports 1. Ryan has witnessed some history in sports, he saw Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber hit their first MLB home runs in person.
Next is Hendrix Magley. Hendrix is a senior journalism major at Ball State University. Magley loves writing about anything and everything sports related but there’s a special place in his heart for the Chicago Cubs. He grew up watching Cubs games with his grandpa and always dreamed about writing stories about the team that he loved. Magley also is an avid Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts supporter and currently covers the Ball State Men’s volleyball team for The Ball State Daily News.
Next we have, Anthony Dunleavy, a 35 year old student at Illinois Media School in Lombard, IL. He will be graduating later this year. Anthony is originally from Forest Park, but moved to Darien at age 14 where he went on to graduate from Hinsdale South High School in 2000. Anthony has always had a passion for sports, being a DIE-HARD fan of the LA Dodgers since October 16th, 2003 after the Steve Bartman incident combined with a new-found dislike of Cubs fans in general. He elected to become a LA Dodgers fan because he had no feelings or affiliations either way with LA, plus any team that wasn’t the Cubs and as far away from New York as you can get seemed like a good fit at the time. What started off as a bitter relationship out of spite for a fan base which he no longer wanted to be affiliated with became a passion, as Anthony truly stopped being a Cubs fan and embraced being a Dodgers fan while never looking back. Other than that hiccup last season with the Cubs defeating LA in the NLCS, he enjoyed every minute of being an LA Dodgers fan. Besides baseball, Anthony is a dedicated fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Notre Dame Football, and USA Rugby. He also works at Soldier Field as a seasonal employee since 2009 for all Chicago Bears home games and anything else where the suites are open during certain events. Anthony has also been to hundreds of concerts since the mid-1990s, including numerous music festivals and A LOT of Phish, Widespread Panic and Primus (pretty much any project involving Les Claypool) shows, amongst others. He is also a non-for-profit Pro wrestling historian and enthusiast who still watches and attends live events…….somehow he’s also still married after almost 5 years. After spending over a decade in the warehouse management industry, Anthony decided to take a new path and enroll at IMS to further his education and pursue a new career in the broadcasting industry. He has always enjoyed writing and sharing his opinions with others and looks forward to hearing your feedback on his coverage of the AL West and NL West. He no longer dislikes Cubs fans as much as he used to because he believes time heals all wounds, but there’s no chance he will ever go back. Go Dodgers!!!
Next we have Steve Crokenower, he spent the last 14 years as an overnight manager at a local grocery store. As a lifelong sports fan listening to ESPN 1000 and 670 The Score, Steve heard the commercials for the Illinois Media School and decided to take a leap of faith and go back to school. He had so much fun learning all the different skills at school and finding out he had some hidden talents. Steve is now an aspiring broadcaster ready to make his mark in the broadcasting industry. Baseball is his favorite sport, he’s a lifelong Cubs fan and an avid fantasy baseball manager. He subscribes to MLB.Tv to get his baseball fix. Hockey is his second favorite sport he grew up watching Ed Belfour in net for the Blackhawks along with Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte, and Chris Chelios make runs for the cup. Football is Steve’s third favorite sport followed by basketball and yes Michael Jordan is the best player he has ever watched on the court it’s not even close. He enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with his wife and two-year-old daughter, they are his life and the reason he gets up every day. Steve hosts his own radio show on theedgeonair.com every Friday from 10am- Noon. He tries to live life to the fullest because tomorrow isn’t promised and you have to consume as much of the sports world you can daily.