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Brien Straw

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What I do for 610: Mornings with In The Loop With Nick & Lopez, weekend host and web contributor, inventor of the Straw Poll

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL

College: Ole Miss

High school:Rolling Meadows (Gary Cole of Office Space paled around with my older brother in high school)

How long at SportsRadio 610: July, 2010

How long in radio business: seven years

Coolest person at SR610: John Lopez

What I love about Houston: Best place in America to raise a family

Favorite four-letter word: !*%#, no $&!%, no !*%#

Favorite people to interview: Enjoy interviewing media from other cities (more honest than players and coaches).

Favorite interviews: Ted Turner, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Dan LeBatard, Gary Danielson

Experience: Four years hosting regionally-syndicated program dedicated to Southern sports, specifically college football. Improvisational training at Second City Theater in Chicago.

Teams followed: Ole Miss Rebels, Chicago Bears, Bulls, Black Hawks, White Sox, and of course Texans & Rockets!

Favorite sports experiences:

  • [attended] USC-Texas & Texas-Alabama BCS Title games
  • 1992 NBA Finals Game 2 (Bulls-Lakers)
  • 1995 Braves World Series clinching victory
  • 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Ole Miss 1994 victory over Alabama

Sports played:

  • Football (through Sr. year of high school)
  • Baseball (through freshman year of high school 1B, P, OF)
  • Wrestling (through Sophomore year of high school), Gymnastics (Freshman, Sophomore years of high school)
  • Basketball (junior high)

Family: Wife Kathryn and two daughters

More: Growing up in Chicago talk radio was huge. Let’s face it, the teams were rarely competitive so the conversation about sports, life, politics, etc. provided a compelling escape.  From an early age I wanted to be involved in radio, I just needed the forum of sports radio to be invented. To me, the CBS “Eye” is the most iconic symbol/logo in media, and to have the privilege to work for CBS in the nation’s sixth largest market – and perhaps best place to raise my family is truly a dream come true.  I’m well aware how fortunate I am.

Trae Elston will miss Ole Miss' game Saturday against Texas. (Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications)

Slive Continues To Justify The SEC Stereotype

The Southeastern Conference is more concerned about the success of its football programs than the integrity of its football programs.



Who Do You Want Doing Traffic “In The LOOP?”

Who do you want to get your traffic from? VOTE!


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Nick’s Not Well!

Following a bee, wasp, skeeter – some kind of flying insect stinging Nick on Wednesday night, his right arm is not looking good this morning. Recommendations?


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Artist Andrew Luck Releases First Sketch

One-thousand, five-hundred dollars for refrigerator art.


Where's the Golden Dome?!!

Notre Dame Trades Tradition For Hideous Uniforms!

Listen Irish, if you want us to continue to respect what you continually tell us – that you are still a traditional power in college football, despite the fact you haven’t played like one in almost 20 years, then start acting like one.


Photo By: Richard Martinez/Getty Images

Is It Time To Sell Les Miles?

A lot of people were ready to sell Miles in 2007 when he delivered the National Title to LSU for two reasons: he wasn’t Nick Saban, and his Tiger team lost two games they shouldn’t have. I’m ready now.



The LSU Honey Badger Shoulda Cared

Tommy Krysan from Pelican Sports Network calls to talk to Norm and Brien about LSU Football and the loss of All-American Tyrann Mathieu who failed a drug test number three and is no longer a Tiger.

SportsRadio 610–08/11/2012

Houston Texans v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Charlotte Point of View on Tonight’s Game

Texan’s pre-season kicks off tonight in Charlotte. Catch the pre-game starting at 3 here on Sports Radio 610. Taylor Zarzour, afternoon talk show host on our sister station in Charlotte WFNZ, calls and talks to Norm and Brien about the match up.

SportsRadio 610–08/11/2012

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Derrick Ward on Upcoming Texans Season

Former Texan Derrick Ward called Norm and Brien to talk about the upcoming Texans season, retirement and tonight’s exhibition game. Hear all the action with pre-game starting at 3PM right here on Sports Radio 610.

SportsRadio 610–08/11/2012

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What Do You Do With PSU?

Not one individual in authority at Penn. St. displayed any concern for the young boys molested. How do you deal with that?