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.
New School with Shan and RJ takes 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When country singer Brent Kissel’s microphone wasn’t up to par, he decided to ask the fans to help sing. The Star-Spangled Banner. In Canada!?
My first “Pink Eye Seal of Approval’’ this year was awarded to Davis Webb. And since that fateful day at the end of February when I gave him that honor, he has shot up draft boards.
This is the sports equivalent of setting up a Tinder account and the first girl that pops up is the one you had a massive high school crush on, who’s husband just skipped town, and he even took the family dog.
As I wrote last week, I predicted that SMU would get screwed by the NCAA Selection Committee and be a 5 or 6 seed. They were a 6. Criminal!