David Kaplan joined WGN Radio as a sports reporter in April of 1995 and is currently the afternoon drive sports reporter and host of Sports Central, heard weeknights from 7 to 9pm. Kaplan he has earned six Achievement in Radio (A.I.R.) Awards, including three for best sports talk show and two for best sportscast. The Associated Press named him "Newsfinder of the Year" for breaking several major stories. In addition, he was awarded the prestigious 2005 Silver Dome Award for Best Local Broadcast Team, an award given by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet. "CTL" airs live Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is a roundtable discussion of the hot stories in the sports world featuring Kaplan and a panel of guests including writers from the Chicago Tribune.
During the college football and basketball seasons Kaplan is a play-by-play and color commentator on Comcast Sports Net and ESPN. He also does television work for various networks throughout the year as an anchor and reporter.
Before coming to WGN Radio, David was midday host on WMVP-AM in Chicago after the station adopted an all-sports format in November of 1993. He has done television work on ESPN 2, SportsChannel, Creative Sports, and the Prime Network. He is a former college basketball coach at Northern Illinois University (1982-86) and was a scout for both the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA.
In 1988, Kaplan was the Player Personnel Director for the Chicago Express of the World Basketball League (WBL). His duties included drafting and signing all players as well as trades and contracts. Kaplan has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and appears in the movie Hoop Dreams, which is a story of the dream of two Chicago area prep stars to reach the NBA.
Raised in Skokie, Illinois, David attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and played both football and baseball. He also earned the "First Decade" award for the most outstanding performance by a Hamline alum in their first 10 years out of college. Kaplan was also named "Father of the Year" by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative.
David and his wife Mindy reside in the northern suburbs. He is the father of a 15 year-old son, Brett, and stepfather to 19 year-old Nicholas, 18 year-old Alex and 16 year-old Garret. He also has three of the greatest dogs in the world
. a 6 year-old miniature Goldendoodle named Studly, a 3 year-old Yellow Labrador named Rocky, and a mixed breed named Yoshii, who was adopted at a Chicago Wolves game in February of 2008. He is an avid golfer and still plays baseball as a member of the 35 and over Chicago North Panthers of the Men's Senior Baseball League (MSBL).