The entire sports world is mourning the loss of a longtime radio broadcaster who perished in a car accident at the age of 70.
The Chicago Tribune reports, “Chet Coppock, a longtime Chicago TV sportscaster and pioneering sports talk radio host who flamboyantly wore his bravado like his hip-length raccoon coat, has died.
“Coppock, 70, reportedly died Wednesday as a result of injuries suffered as a passenger in an April 11 car accident outside Hilton Head Island, S.C.”
Coppock, a Chicago native, started out in sports radio in the 1980s and soon became a fan-favorite. He hosted the popular 'Coppock on Sports’ where he became known for his catchphrase, “Your dime, your dance floor,” the way he greeted callers to his radio program.
Coppock was inspired to enter the career of sports broadcasting by listening to legendary Jack Brickhouse during his formative years.
Coppock made an indelible mark on the Chicago broadcasting scene and there are thousands who are feeling sorrow today, both personally and professionally.
Chicago pro teams paid tribute to their friend and colleague on Twitter.
“Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of Chet Coppock. He was a pioneer and legend in Chicago sports media. He will be dearly missed.” (Pictured with another legendary sports announcer Harry Caray and beloved Cubby Jay Johnstone)
“Chet Coppock leaves an indelible mark on the Chicago sports community as a pioneer in the industry. His passion for the city of Chicago and its sports teams was unrivaled and always on full display through his larger-than-life personality.
“Those who had the pleasure to work with Chet were truly fortunate. He will be sorely missed by all and the Chicago Blackhawks organization expresses their deepest sympathy to Chet’s family and friends”
“There was never one quite like Chet. Listened to him nonstop as a kid & he gave me my first taste of sports radio.
“From his nightly shows to #Bulls postgames, I racked up quite the phone bill trying to get on the air. ‘Marc, your dime, your dance floor’
“RIP to a Chi sports legend”
"This is so incredibly sad. There was a kindness to Chet others didn't see.
“I remember handing boxing notes over to him at a fight once. A handwritten thank you note arrived the next week.
“He was our ultra-confident Howard Cosell sports journalist/showman here in Chicago.”
“Sportscaster Chet Coppock died from injuries he suffered in a car accident. My dad was Chet’s intern at NBC 5 while he was playing for the Bears. He helped my dad start his broadcasting career. My prayers go out to his family.”
“Heartbroken about the passing [of] Chicago entertainment legend Chet Coppock. Had the honor of interning for him in the ‘boy-quarium’ back in the ‘COS’ era at AM 1000 to working side-by-side with him at FSN.
“There will never be anyone like him again. He changed the game, period.”
Rest in Peace, Chet, you will be missed.