Sports fan makes a name for himself
If you're a passionate sports fan then you're probably no stranger to sports talk radio. There are plenty of local and national sports shows fans can listen to but there is only one show that mentions Syracuse everyday. Our Andy Mattison has details on a Syracuse man who has made a name for himself by daily being part of a national radio show.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If you've ever listened to the Dan Patrick radio show, you've probably heard of him. Not a show goes by without the host taking a call from Chris in Syracuse.
"I'm just very vigilant about getting through and I almost feel like I kinda' represent all the callers," said Chris.
His place could double as a museum of sports memorabilia of all his favorite teams. Chris first called the radio show in 2007 and the producers put him on the air to talk about the show's poll question. So he decided to call the next day. And then again after that.
Pretty soon Chris gained a following in the locker room section of the show's website.
"They started noticing Chris called in almost the same time everyday and they would be like, 'there he is, there he is, Chris in Syracuse.' And someone called him CIS," said Paul Pabst.
So who is Chris in Syracuse? Nobody knows, and Chris wants to keep it that way.
"I just love the Dan Patrick show , I love participating in it. I'm just one part of Dan Nation, and really I do feel like I'm representing all the bloggers and all the people on the Internet."
Whether it's listening on the radio or watching his favorite team at a local sports bar, Chris says he always has a full passion bucket for the teams that he roots for. And while his voice is heard by millions everyday on the radio, even the show's staff is ok with Chris' anonymity.
"We kind of like Chris' role as this mysterious guy out of Syracuse who you don't know where he lives or who he lives with or what he does for a living. He's kind of like the Kramer of the Dan Patrick show. I don't even know his last name," said Pabst.
The staff has joked about having Chris come fill in for the host sometime. But Chris says he has no plans to go into radio, but if he did, he might consider changing his name to Chris in Syracuse, since that is how people know him best.