Brad Fanning had three professional dreams. He knew early on the first two would never come true, but one out of three ain't bad!
If he couldn't play on the PGA Tour or be Frank White's replacement at 2nd base for the Royals, he wanted to be a sportscaster in Kansas City. Pro dream No. 3, check.
In March of this year he was hired at KCTV just as the NCAA tournament was starting.
Cable TV wasn't an option growing up in KC, so he got his news by reading the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Times, and local news. Brad watched every sportscaster in town: Jack Harry, Gene Fox and Don Fortune at channel 5, Frank and Al at WDAF, Lenny, Karen and Dave at KMBC. He watched them all and one day hoped he could report on the teams he follows and live in the town he loves.
Brad grew up in Shawnee and graduated from Shawnee Mission North and Emporia State University. He started out at KSWO in Lawton, OK working as a high school sports producer on a four-month contract. It was there that he got the best advice from then sports director and now longtime friend David Bradley.
Before his first on-air report, David said semi-jokingly, "Don't (blank) it up!"
They were words to live by.
Brad spent three and a half years at KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, TX, two years in Wichita, KS at the NBC/FOX affiliates and a decade in Toledo, OH at WUPW-TV, where he aggravated Ohio State fans. He's a multiple award winner of Best Sports Broadcaster from the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters and has a room full of plaques that may be used for fire wood in the near future.
Brad's climbed a couple of mountains, failed on a Mt. Hood attempt, ran the Chicago Marathon but falls off the fitness wagon from time to time. He usually gets back on it, though. He loves taking money from his friends on the golf course, eating at Mario's in Westport and 100-degree summer heat. He loves Kansas City, is glad to be home and considers it an honor to tell sports stories to the people in this town.
Pro dream No. 4 is to report on the Royals when they win another World Series!
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:30:51 GMT
The Lafayette County Prosecutor has charged the father of a 10-week-old baby with her violent death.Alex Anthony Gilbert, 24, of Independence was charged with second-degree murder. His daughter died fourMore >
The Lafayette County Prosecutor has charged the father of a 10-week-old baby with her violent death.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:13 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:13:19 GMT
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Thursday, May 23 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:44:12 GMT
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Police are investigating after elementary school kids in Johnson County allegedly had $30,000 stolen from them.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:36 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:36:54 GMT
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Friday, May 24 2013 2:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 06:31:07 GMT
Jodi Arias (Source: CBS 5 News)
It is now in the hands of the 12 jurors to decide if Jodi Arias will live her life behind bars or if she'll be executed. The defense and prosecution gave their closing statement Tuesday afternoon andMore >
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Thursday, May 23 2013 7:57 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:57:02 GMT
A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children. And so she raced against the storm. She had 30 miles to cover from her jobMore >
A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
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A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:04:40 GMT
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A pregnant woman's heart stopped, and doctors performed an emergency c-section to rescue the baby and save the woman.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:41 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:41:53 GMT
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