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. 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!
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