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miCubs was created in June, 2011 to serve as an interactive vehicle for Cubs information and discussion from the minors to the majors. Through its use of multimedia, contacts and connections at every level, miCubs brings you comprehensive coverage of the current club and the players within the organization that may impact the team's future. Users can find daily news, audio and video podcasts, interactive forums, and player pages to complete their miCubs experince and to ensure they're up to date on all things Chicago Cubs!
Brian Bedo - CEO/Founder - Follow on Twitter @BrianBedo
Brian Bedo was born and raised a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan in northwest suburban Chicago. Knowing high school sports would be the pinnacle of his athletic career, he thought he would do the next best thing when it comes to sports-- talk about them.
In addition to miCubs, Bedo is a sports producer at WGN Radio, producing Cubs, Blackhawks and Northwestern Wildcats games and post-game shows. Bedo originally interned there in the fall of 2007, when he met miCubs colleague and “B-Squared Show” partner Jordan Bernfield.
He also does some basketball television play-by-play for the Bradley Braves, his alma mater, and filled-in as the voice of the Wofford Terriers men's basketball team during the 2011-2012 season.
During the 2010-2011 season, Brian was the pre-game, half-time and post-game studio host for UIC men’s basketball, heard on ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com. He also served as one of the Flames play-by-play broadcasters for volleyball, women’s basketball and baseball games.
Bedo has been working as a sportscaster ever since he graduated from Bradley University in 2007. In the summer of 2009, he served as the #2 Broadcaster/Media Relations Assistant for the Peoria Chiefs, the Midwest League affiliate of the Cubs. While there, he built a great rapport with different prospects and front-office staff throughout the organization.
Bedo lives and dies with the Cubs and has a strong passion for the Bulls, Bears and Bradley University basketball as well. In his spare time, he enjoys going out downtown Chitown with his girlfriend and friends, spending time with his family, watching "Friday Night Lights" and "Friends," playing poker, and eating at Portillos.
Jordan Bernfield – CEO/Partner - Follow on Twitter @JordanBernfield
Jordan Bernfield serves as a sports reporter and host on Chicago’s WGN Radio. In this role, he covers the city’s professional and college teams. In addition, he fills in as an anchor on the morning and afternoon drive sports, hosts “Sports Central” on weekends, and hosts select “Cubs Central Postgame” shows on the WGN/Chicago Cubs Radio Network.
Jordan also works on the Northwestern football and basketball broadcasts as studio host, and as host of “Preps Plus Chicago”, WGN Radio’s prep football show. He is heard reporting live from sporting events on “WGN Sports Night”, and on other specialty sports programming, such as the NHL All-Star Pregame show, “Cubs Insider, and “Wildcat Insider”.
In addition to his radio work, Bernfield serves as the television play-by-play broadcaster for the Loyola University of Chicago basketball teams. He is also a frequent guest on Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s “Chicago Tribune Live”.
Bernfield has also added teaching to his repertoire. He will begin his first year teaching radio play-by-play this fall at Columbia College in Chicago.
Prior to his work at WGN, Bernfield spent more than a year at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he hosted the men’s basketball broadcasts on WMVP-AM 1000 and ESPNChicago.com. He also served as the voice of the women’s basketball team, the baseball and softball teams, and the volleyball team on the Horizon League Network and UICFlames.com.
Simultaneously, Jordan and Brian Bedo hosted the popular “B-Squared Show” on TheSportsRadio.com Network, where their daily program focusing on Cubs baseball increased traffic at the affiliated websites by 50 percent within its first two months.
Bernfield is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University, where he began his sportscasting career. He was the Assistant Sports Director at WAER-FM, where he called Syracuse football, basketball and lacrosse games, hosted broadcasts, provided feature reports, and anchored sportscasts. As a college senior, his feature report on Demetris Nichols’ journey through his first NBA season won 1st prize from the Syracuse Press Club for “Best Sports Feature”.
His first job landed him in Auburn, NY, where he was the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Auburn Doubledays, a Single-A baseball team in the New York-Penn League. Following that experience, he worked as a producer in the WGN Radio sports department, and still occasionally works behind the scenes on various programs.
Tom Carroll - Cubs Writer/Sabermatrician - Follow on Twitter @TuxedoTom
Tom Carroll works as a producer at WGN Radio. He's also a student at Columbia College in Chicago where he majors in Broadcast Journalism.
He spent his first three collegiate years at Western Illinois University where he broadcasted Leatherneck baseball games and was the assistant Sports Director at WIUS 88.3 “The Dog”. He also co-hosted a weekly 1-hour sports radio show for nearly three years.
In his final year at Western, Tom worked in commercial radio broadcasting Illini West Charger football games on 104.1 WMQZ. In 2006, he helped Nike Marketing create “The Steve Prefontaine Zone” for Nike’s 2k Fleet Feet run. Before joining WGN Radio's sports department as an intern in May of 2011, he spent three semesters working as an intern at Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Carroll has written various blogs and research papers on the role of Sabermetrics in the media and considers himself a die-hard fan of all major sports (Except the NBA).
He currently lives in Chicago, enjoys listening to music, and devouring sports for a living.
Bryan Moore – Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer/Reporter
A native of East Peoria and a 2006 graduate of Western Illinois University, Bryan Moore is currently in his second year as the Sports Information Director at Eureka College in 2010-11. He was previously a part of the Peoria Chiefs broadcast and media staff in 2005 and the Bradley University Sports Information Office from 2007-09. Moore is also the Chiefs official scorer and has a healthy obsession with the show Friday Night Lights.
Nathan Baliva – Minor League (Peoria) Correspondent - Follow on Twitter @NBaliva
Nathan is in his tenth full-time season as the voice of the Peoria Chiefs. He has called several games of future Cubs players in Darwin Barney, Eric Patterson, Sean Gallagher, Sam Fuld, James Russell, Casey Coleman, etc. and current Cubs top prospects such as Brett Jackson, Trey McNutt, Josh Vitters and more. Baliva, a Chatham, Ill. native attended Marquette University for undergrad and the University of Florida for Graduate School.
Steve Wartman - Marketing/Promotions - Cubs Writer - Follow on Twitter @SteveWartman
Steve Wartman has joined miCubs to work on marketing and promotion of the website. A native of Chicago's south suburbs, Wartman grew up an avid Cubs fan and has vended beer at Wrigley Field for the last eleven years.
An Illinois State University alum with a degree in communications, Wartman worked for two public relations agencies in the Chicago area before transitioning full-time to marketing. He has worked in that capacity for the past two years.
Wartman also has experience working in the media both as a writer and and broadcaster. He served as the sports editor for South County Publications in Springfield, IL. He has worked as a freelance writer for the Associated Press, and also covered the University of Illinois football team during their Rose Bowl run in 2007.
His broadcast accolades include working as a color analyst for the Region Sports Network, where he called high school football games in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana regions for the past five years.
Wartman earned his master's degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is recently married and lives in Northwest Indiana.