by Brian McNally

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Is this thing on? <tap tap>

I’ve spent my entire career in newspapers. There’s nothing I love more than telling stories. Now, thanks to program director Chris Kinard and the good folks at 106.7 The Fan, I get to do that in a new medium, radio, and I couldn’t be more excited.

I’ve been hired to cover the Redskins for our station. That’s something I got a taste of last fall working for the Washington Times. And while it was a complete circus, it was also a fascinating look at an organization splitting apart at the seams.

We’ve seen that around here before. I should know. I’m from Silver Spring. I went to Gonzaga High and the University of Maryland. I live in Bethesda. Some would have you believe that makes me the equivalent of a unicorn – a honest-to-goodness native Washingtonian.

But I know there’s plenty of you out there who grew up here, in Bowie or Kensington, in Annandale or Woodbridge, in the District or in Ashburn, who live and die with these local teams. I’ve seen pretty much everything DC sports has thrown at you in recent years – some good, sure, but plenty bad.

I’ve been in the losing locker room after too many Caps’ Game 7s to count. I saw the devastation up close after the Nats’ Game 5 NLDS loss to the Cardinals in 2012. As a kid, I watched the Redskins destroy the NFL on the way to a Super Bowl and then become a laughingstock for the better part of 20 years. The living’s not exactly easy around here for sports fans most of the time.

What’s in store this football season? I don’t have a clue. And that’s the fun part about covering an NFL team. You’re telling a story, chapter by chapter. It might end like the Seahawks last season with a memorable title run or it might turn into a 3-13 debacle with unseemly media leaks almost every Sunday. As long as you guys are interested and invested, well, then so am I.

And that’s how I see my new job here: To tell stories about the 2014 Redskins; to break news on a competitive beat; to give you a sense of the players and coaches who make up this disparate group of 53 men vying for a Super Bowl, though the odds are stacked so heavily against them.

I’ll do that online with features and posts on our web site – – and throughout the day on air on 106.7 The Fan. This is a collaborative effort so please follow me on Twitter @bmcnally14. I welcome suggestions and feedback, always. It all starts with the first day of training camp on Thursday in Richmond.

Of course, I also covered baseball and hockey for six years, first with the Washington Examiner and then the Washington Times, so I’ll always weigh in with opinions on the Nats and Caps. I watched the Wizards grow up in the NBA playoffs this spring and DC United reestablish itself as one of MLS’ best teams. And few things provide me more joy/frustration than following Maryland’s basketball and football teams. It’s an exciting time in Washington sports with stars on every team and plenty of material to write and talk about. I look forward to sharing those stories with you.

Brian McNally


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