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ESPN Radio Host to Lead Northwestern Homecoming Parade

Mike Greenberg named parade grand marshal; Wildcats host Ohio State Oct. 5

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September 17, 2013 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University alumnus Mike Greenberg, co-host of “Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio’s popular daily sports-talk show, will re-visit the Evanston campus, Friday, Oct. 4, to serve as grand marshal of the University’s 2013 Homecoming Parade. He also will be an honored guest during the festivities planned for the Oct. 4-5 weekend celebration.

Greenberg, and his “Mike & Mike” co-host Mike Golic, will broadcast their early morning show live from Northwestern’s Evanston campus Friday morning, Oct. 4, in advance of the Saturday, Oct. 5 Homecoming game between the Wildcats and the Ohio State Buckeyes, as part of the third annual ESPN Audio Fall Football Tour. Their drive-time show airs Monday through Friday, from 5 to 9 a.m. Central Time.

Homecoming Weekend is also Reunion Weekend for Northwestern alumni from the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2012.

In addition to grand marshal, Greenberg was honorary football captain for Northwestern’s 2013 home football opener against Syracuse. The Cats defeated the Orange 48-27. 

“It’s a tremendous honor to be chosen as grand marshal for Northwestern University’s Homecoming,” he said. “Fresh off my triumphant turn as football captain, so far this has been a special season and hopefully the best is yet to come.”

As this year’s grand marshal, Greenberg will ride in the lead car during the 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, parade as it works its way from the intersection of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street, south toward the 6:45 p.m. Pep Rally in Deering Meadow -- the two acres of open green space between Deering Library and Sheridan Road.

During the Pep Rally, Greenberg will announce the results of the Homecoming court voting and crown this year’s Homecoming King and Queen. Entertainment begins at 7:15 p.m. Friday when the ‘90s rock cover band, Mike & Joe, performs for the revelers. The public is invited to attend.

Both the 6 p.m. Friday Homecoming Parade and 6:45 p.m. Pep Rally are open to the public, as is the 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 prime-time Homecoming kick-off game between the Wildcats and Ohio State at Northwestern’s Ryan Field. The game will be televised nationally (exact station to be announced at a later date.)

A native New Yorker, Greenberg is a 1989 graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. During his four years on campus, he was a member of the Medill Student Advisory Council and the Theta Chi fraternity.

A familiar voice and face to local and national sports fans, Greenberg was named co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show in December 1999.

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