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Drew Olson

On Air: Alex & Drew Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Menomonee Falls
Favorite sport?
It depends on what we're talking about. I like to cover baseball. I like to watch pro football. And, I like to play beach volleyball and basketball.
Favorite team?
The Incredibles. The Stars. The Golden Eagles. Or, whatever my daughter's soccer/basketball/softball team is going to be called this year.
Favorite athlete?
Too many to mention, but I'll try: Dwight Stones, Wayne Gretzky, Don Smolinski, Dooley Womack, Jeff Cirillo, Peter Bakovic, Robin Yount, Shaq, Brett Favre, Suzy Favor-Hamilton, Karch Kiraly, Chris Chelios, Jose Valentin, Steve Sparks and the Energee! Dance Team.
Most memorable sports moment?
As a reporter, it would be covering the 2001 World Series, the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Brewers' playoff run in 2008 or any of a number of state high school championship games.
As a participant, it would be fouling out of a high school game in roughly 5 minutes (long story).
Favorite thing about sports?
Being in a quiet stadium in the hours before a highly-anticipated game.
If you could change one thing/rule about any league, what would you change?
Since the NFL listened to me and is altering overtime, I'd abolish the BCS and institute a college football playoff.
If you could live the life of one pro athlete for a day, whose life would you choose?
Until recently, I'd have said Tiger Woods. I don't think it would suck to be Derek Jeter. I wouldn't mind being tall like Andrew Bogut for a day, either.
Years in broadcast?
Started doing weekly hits with "Bax and Dobie" on WQFM a loooong time ago. Started doing regular hits with Bob and Brian during the 1998 baseball season. Began "The D-List" as a Saturday morning show in 2004 and went daily in 2005.
First job? First job in the business?
Worked as an editorial assistant (messenger) in The Milwaukee Journal newsroom during college. The hours were brutal, but I occasionally scored some free books and records and got to meet the sports guys. I parlayed that into a career.
First, or best, childhood sports memory?
Again, too many to mention. Won a long ball hitting contest on the field at County Stadium as a sixth grader on Menomonee Falls Night. Saw Hank Aaron hit a homer for the Brewers and Glenn Rivers drain a half-court shot to beat Notre Dame. Mostly, I remember waking up as a 6- or 7-year-old and having my dad tell me what happened in the previous night's Brewers/Bucks/Marquette game. Maybe that's why I got into sports writing.
Favorite non-sport related activity?
Following Bruce Springsteen around the country and spending time with family, but not in that order.
Favorite Milwaukee spots?
The Time Warner Cable Studios. The seat next to Tom Haudricourt at Miller Park. The patio at Leff's Lucky Town. Any place on the Summerfest grounds. Courtside at the Bradley Center. Wolski's after midnight. George Webb's on Saturday morning.
Nickname? Origin of nickname?
I don't really have a nickname, unless you count "Drew." I was known as Andy through school, but my cousin Chris -- who served as my babysitter for one summer -- heard my mom call me Andrew in a burst of anger and started calling me "Drew Pearson" after the popular Cowboys receiver of the day. Over the years, it worked its way into the mainstream use. Journal Sentinel sports editor Garry Howard made the change in my byline and the rest is history.
Advice to listeners?
"Avoid the clap. Jimmy Dugans."


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