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
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…
Musician Bret Michaels, formerly of Poison, joined New School on Wednesday, much to the surprise of RJ, who was a bit star struck…
Happy Friday! Enjoy some Olympics action tonight, and don’t miss these standout performers!
It’s a slow day at the Winter Olympics, but there are still some ladies worth watching!
RJ Choppy keeps you up to date on the Winter Olympics by identifying a few notable athletes to keep an eye on.
RJ’s father, Choppy Sr., is back and he’s heated about the Winter Olympics, angry old people and horseracing.
The Winter Olympics continue in Sochi, as RJ Choppy brings you the athletes to watch on Tuesday.
It’s another day of Winter Games in Sochi, and the women are taking their talents to the ice. See RJ’s pick pics here.
There are too many athletes to track at the Winter Olympics! RJ Choppy identifies a few notable athletes to keep an eye on.
When the lovely Nicole Zaloumis of the NFL Network walked by, RJ jumped out of his seat with the wireless mic…which made for an awkward interview.
Texas Legends forward Devin Ebanks threw down a powerful dunk on Saturday, prompting a powerful reference from 105.3 The Fan’s RJ Choppy.