R.J. Choppy

R.J. Choppy, like Don Zimmer, has never earned a paycheck outside of the world of sports.

R.J. spent the first 9 years of his professional career at ESPN Radio in Dallas, starting as an overnight board operator, producer, and Sportscenter anchor.  R.J. eventually talked his way onto the air as Studio Host, Pre and Postgame host for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and the host of ESPN Radio “Gamenite.” Choppy also served as the voice of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League for two seasons. He has never won a broadcasting award, nor is he a bestselling author on Amazon.

Born in Albany, NY in 1979, R.J. moved to Belle Mead, NJ when he was 6, and lived there until attending college at The University of Tennessee. He was lucky enough to catch the senior campaign of the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Peyton Manning, and witnessed Tennessee’s National Championship in 1998. R.J. earned a B.A. in Speech Communication from Tennessee in 2002.

R.J. was a 2 handicap golfer, played baseball in the NABA, and loved to spend lunch time playing pickup games on the basketball court. RJ is the proud father of two boys.

Shan & RJ take an outside the box approach with strong opinions on local sports issues.  They are very interactive on air and on all social networks.  Shan and R.J. incorporate the audience while challenging conventional sports wisdom with a unique, honest, no apologies approach.

Shan and R.J. can be heard weekdays, 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on 105.3 The Fan.

Follow RJ Choppy on Twitter @RJChoppy

RJ’s Straw Debate

What seemed like a fairly simple question sparked controversy. 

01/30/2018

RJ Gets Lessons From Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teter

RJ gets snowboard lessons from Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teeter representing the Special Olympics at Super Bowl Radio Row.

01/30/2018

Forgotten Video: RJ Stars In ‘Beer 30’

Look what we found online! Here is the ORIGINAL opening scene from RJ’s short-lived TV show ‘Beer Thirty’!

01/17/2018

Choppy: Quiet No More

I sat by and watched MY UNIVERSITY be taken hostage by a mob on Twitter, protesters in the streets, inexcusable messages painted on “The Rock,” all to stop the hiring of a football coach and completely ruin his name in the process.

11/29/2017

Choppy: College Football Is Always On My Mind

College Football is about halfway through the 2017 schedule, so what better time to talk about what I’ve learned throughout the first 6 weeks of the season? Yea, I can’t think of a better time either. 

10/10/2017

Choppy: Stephen A. Smith Just Doesn’t Get It

Stephen A Smith went on and on during First Take Monday morning, pondering as only he can, why Jerry Jones would take so much time out of his speech to mention Tony Romo.

08/08/2017

Choppy: MLB All-Star HR Derby Shows What Baseball Has Been Missing

The home run derby was incredible. It has always been, without question, my favorite of the All-Star skills challenges. Way better than anything the other sports have to offer. 

07/12/2017

Choppy: That Moment When Expansion Is A Bad Thing

In the 117 year history of the U.S. Open, our National Championship, there have been 2 players to finish at -10 or better. There were 7 this weekend.

06/19/2017

Choppy: This One Stoop’d Me

It’s not often that one of the the best coaches of the last quarter-century decides to quit when he has a senior Heisman Trophy candidate at QB and a team that has a legitimate shot at winning a National Championship.

06/09/2017

Choppy: For Stephen Curry, The Time Is Now

After two straight NBA Finals during which he’s been something shy of great, Steph is clearly not viewed through the same hype-filled lens that was previously part of his persona.

06/01/2017

Choppy: DFW vs Boston Isn’t Close, Except In Sports

It’s fun to play the ‘Us vs. Them’ game! For instance, comparing Dallas/Fort Worth to Boston. But the fun goes away a bit because it wouldn’t be a very close game.

05/18/2017

Choppy: The ‘Best’ Sports Postseason Is Up For Debate, The ‘Worst’ Is Not

I understand that the NBA Finals last year were the highest rated since 1998, when some guy name Jordan played. This postseason, quite frankly, has stunk.

05/12/2017

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