Meet Jack Ebling and Tom Crawford
Jack has covered sports and more as a writer and broadcaster in Mid-Michigan since 1978. The 2017 Michigan Broadcaster of the Year and three-time Michigan Sportswriter of the Year, he was a 2006 inductee into the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame. A two-time graduate of MSU, he has contributed more than 125 pieces for national publications including Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Basketball Times, and Street & Smith’s College Football and College Basketball. The former English teacher and coach spent nearly a quarter-century as a beat writer and columnist for the Lansing State Journal and won 21 major writing awards before entering broadcasting in 2002.
Tom Crawford has over 16 years of work experience in local sports talk radio, most of which has been spent with current Spotlight Radio Network co-host Jack Ebling in Lansing, along with being a frequent panelist on Ebling’s hour-long Press Pass All Stars TV Show on Fox47 Lansing. Radio is Tom’s favorite medium, however, as one of those true believers that radio is the ultimate “theater of the mind.” There is obviously plenty of “theater” in Tom’s mind, as one can quickly conclude when listening to his self-deprecating, “do not take myself too seriously” delivery style.
Tom’s professional background goes back to the early 1980s, when he worked as a sportswriter in the Houston area, followed by over two decades as a corporate communications executive with an international trade association in Michigan. Tom once co-authored/co-produced “Bitter Rivals” – which embraced the Michigan-Michigan State football/basketball rivalry as one of the first web-based sports sites in 1996, drawing over 100,000 unique visitors. Bitter Rivals was propelled greatly when it was featured on ESPN’s College GameDay prior to the 1997 Michigan-MSU football game in East Lansing.
Tom is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A. 1979), with his unconditional love for the Maize & Blue evolving from attending Wolverine football games as a season-ticket holder spanning five decades.