To introduce myself:  I am C. J. Silas (Carolyn Jo Silas). After growing up in Suburban Los Angeles, I’ve spent more than twenty six years in sports radio and television.

I began at University of Southern California in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, then left school for a regular role on the TV series ‘Fame.’ It was back to school two years later to Syracuse University, (Sportscaster U) my choice because it was well known for the many sports broadcasting graduates who’d succeeded in the business. I worked at WAER Radio the local NPR station for all three years I was in college.  I also worked for a local sports TV show as a reporter.

While in New York I began my career as a baseball stadium public address announcer for minor league affiliates of the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees.  I became the first ever woman in that position in professional baseball. I finished at Syracuse and immediately got a job at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut as a Production Assistant.

After nearly two years at ESPN, I left for a TV reporting job at a local NBC affiliate in Hastings, Nebraska. Next, I went to Los Angeles to help out with the launch of ESPN’s second TV station and Jim Rome’s Show ‘Talk2.’

While back in Los Angeles, I covered the OJ Simpson Trial. I was then hired by a sports station in Seattle as a producer and part-time talk show host.  I left Seattle to pursue my first assignment as a solo sports talk show host at a station in Miami. While in Miami I went from a local station to a national internet and terrestrial radio network based in Las Vegas, CBS SportsLine  Radio.  Next, I did a morning show on an FM station in Seattle and a weekend sports talk show at the same time.

Nearly 13 years ago, I left Seattle to get closer to home and work in California. I was a morning show co-host at Sunny Country 102.5FM. I was hired away from Sunny to begin a new afternoon talk show on a 24-hour national sports radio network based in Los Angeles. I returned to the beautiful Central Coast and worked for ESPN Radio 1280am.

I left radio nearly six years ago to work on my book No Girls Allowed: A Memoir by CJ.  Now, I am back, and have been running my own show for 3.5 years at ESPN Radio 1280am. Concurrently, I am volunteering for the local Red Cross as a Public Information Officer and in 2016 will be spending my fourteenth season as the Cal Poly University Baseball Stadium Announcer. I am the webcast football play by play announcer for Allan Hancock College Football.

I have some terrific experiences with professional athletes that I share in the book. On my new show I plan on sharing stories of fun using a bunch of humor.  I’ve had terrific encounters with John Daly, Bobby Bonds, Marcus Allen, Alonzo Mourning, Charles Barkley, Deacon Jones, Tommy Lasorda, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Tiger Woods, NFL player Jason Taylor, Pete Carroll, Danica Patrick, and more.

I tell tales of wonderful interviews and interesting moments with Ken Griffey Jr., the late Bill Walsh, Pat Riley, John Wooden, Nolan Richardson, Gary Sheffield, George Karl, Jim Rome, Dan Patrick, Rex Hudler, Bobby Bowden, KC Jones, Jim Leyland, Steve Kerr, Michael Jordan, Hank Stram, Tiki Barber, Joe Buck, Chuck Daly, Rick Neuheisel, John Feinstein, Mack Brown, Charles Haley, Tom Flores, Coach Dale Brown, and more.

I’ve been to and covered The French Open, The World Series, Super Bowls, The MLB All Star Game, Final Fours, NBA Championships, College Bowl games, Spring Training, Midnight Madness and hundreds of regular season events as well.

I’ve spent over twenty six years interviewing sports personalities. And I’ve spent over twenty years behind the scenes. I’ve got a lot to share and I do it with a sense of humor. If I can’t laugh at it now, it would make for a painful life.  I look back on all of trials as learning experiences.  Each bad one turns into something wonderful. And along the way… I’ve been an eye-witness and/or a participant in some of the most amazing events of the last twenty-five years. I was:

  1. A student at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse University  when PanAm Flight 103 went down in Lockerbie Scotland, killing 270 people. Thirty-five of people were Syracuse University students who had been studying abroad as part of a University program. It was the first significant terrorist attack against Americans, and I was a firsthand witness to the University and its family’s terrible tragedy.
  2. A softball teammate and friend of Ron Goldman, the “second” victim in the Nicole Brown Simpson murders.  Ron was the shortstop; I played second base.  After the grief and the anger, came the irony of being assigned to the courthouse as a daily correspondent for much of O.J.’s trial.
  3. Living approximately one mile from the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge earthquake and struggled to locate members of my family who were scattered throughout the devastated areas surrounding me. It was my first experience with rescue, with devastation, and with the soothing effects of humor in the face of disaster.
  4. A volunteer for two weeks in New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina with the Red Cross. I wrangled for the homeless, the hungry, the terrified, and the hopeless. In this instance, as opposed to the ones above, I wasn’t at the affect of nature or madmen, but I was a willing participant.  I had chosen to be there. 

Was it serendipity, bad luck, a cosmic joke that I was in all those places during those critical moments?  I don’t know, but it’s made me a full person…loaded with passion and stories to tell!

If you’d like to get involved with The CJ Silas Show, I would be honored. We air once a week on Wednesday nights from 5-6pm on ESPN Radio 1280am, espnradio1280.com or via my Podcast at www.thecjsilasshow.com, or www.cjsilas.com. My show is live across the United States and my Podcast is heard in nine countries.


And along the way… I’ve been an eye-witness and/or a participant in some of the most amazing events of the last twenty-five years.

CJ Silas

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