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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 serves as the voice of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. He has never won a broadcasting award, nor is he a bestselling author on http://www.amazon.com.

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, but marriage ruined all that. He and his wife, Jana, have a son, and live in the Mid-Cities.

New School with Shan and RJ takes an outside the box approach with strong opinions on local sports issues.  New School will be 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.

New School with 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

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The Degenerate Makes His NFL, NCAA Picks

Looking to make a friendly wager this weekend? ‘The Degenerate’ RJ Choppy gives you his picks for a busy NFL and NCAA weekend.

09/19/2014

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Are The Cowboys Fining Players… For Farting?

Ryan Williams, one of the newest Dallas Cowboys at Training Camp, sat down with RJ to discuss not only his childhood as a Cowboys fan, but about the fine being dealt to players … for farting!

07/29/2014

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RJ Works Out On The Beach

RJ runs through one of his famous cardio workouts. Shan watches comfortably from the Bud Light Beach House balcony.

07/28/2014

Tony Romo takes the field for the 1st practice of #Cowboys Training camp

Jerry Has Proven Yet Again He’s The Best Since PT Barnum

Outside the practice facility, where the fun is happening, is a city that seems to be bigger and better each year. More booths, more food, bigger selection at the gift shop. The works.

07/27/2014

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This Isn’t The Oxnard I Know

I’ve been coming to Cowboys camp for almost a decade — be it Oxnard or San Antonio — and I can’t ever remember it being this hot out here.

07/25/2014

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RJ Vents In The Beach House Confessional

You can tell RJ had something he needed to get off his chest because he’s in a room, all alone, surrounded by towels! Towels?

07/24/2014

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RJ Nearly Hits An Ambulance

On his way to the Bud Light Beach House, RJ nearly side-swipes an ambulance…

07/24/2014

James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 74-73 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Wildcats Move On After A Game They Should Have Lost

But the Cats move on, in a game they should have lost. So should they have lost the Wichita St game, and the Louisville game, and the Michigan game.

04/06/2014

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 05: The NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jeff Burkett/CBSDFW.COM)

Kentucky Fans Show Up, And Big At Final Four

ARLINGTON, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – Remember yesterday when I said that there was a lack of UK fans in DFW? Yea, they made it. Even 2 hours before the FIRST game, the one that [...]

04/05/2014

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So Far, Dallas Hasn’t Turned Into ‘Cat-Lanta’ West

If there’s one thing Kentucky fans do well, it’s travel to basketball games. But on Friday in Dallas, they were no where to be found.

04/05/2014

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The Degenerate’s March Madness Picks

I want to help you guys out this year, just as I did last year, with a little thing we like to call “The Degenerate.” I went 28-5 last year ATS in the Big Dance. And Lee Sterling isn’t that shabby either…

03/20/2014

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Musician Bret Michaels Joins New School

Musician Bret Michaels, formerly of Poison, joined New School on Wednesday, much to the surprise of RJ, who was a bit star struck…

03/05/2014

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