Christian Bello started covering University of Miami football back in 1996, by default. As a student at the University of Florida, a flood of emails and debates with biased writers at the Independent Florida Alligator turned into Bello’s first – and last – writing assignment for the paper. After covering one lone orange and blue event, Bello retreated to a UF computer lab where he wrote Bryan Knoll, founder of Grassy.com (now CanesTime.com) and offered to provide insight on his beloved hometown team. With Florida en route to winning it’s first title and the Butch Davis-led Canes slipping due to probation, writing about ‘The U’ became therapy in the mid-nineties, where Bello attempted to make sense of the downward spiral with fellow fans at Grassy, aiming to be a ‘voice of the fan’.
Writing for CanesTime continued through the 2004 season, with articles picked up by both Yahoo! Sports, as well as feature articles in CanesTime Magazine. At that point, it was time to branch out, writing exclusively for allCanes.com, in an effort to increase the legendary store’s overall brand. allCanesBlog.com was officially launched in March 2006 and over the past several years has built a loyal and dedicated following, which prompted a complete blog overhaul in summer 2011.
Bello earned a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, yet has his diploma mounted in a UM frame. Born and raised in Miami and a graduate of Westminster Christian in South Dade, there was a burning desire to leave the 305 for college — despite growing up on UM’s campus as an attendee of Ron Fraser’s Baseball Camp, ball games at Mark Light and spending Saturdays at the Orange Bowl with family.
Bello’s first collegiate stint was at the University of Alabama, where he lasted a semester as a long-haired, aspiring guitar god and city-boy-fish-out-of-water. Hurricane Andrew ravaged Miami the day fall classes began in Tuscaloosa and what the hurricane didn’t do to the city, the Crimson Tide did to the Canes in the Sugar Bowl months later; two weeks after Bello’s final farewell to ‘Bama. When rattling off some grateful life moments, never returning to Alabama for that second semester, sits near the top of that list. Thankfully Bello never had to face the toilet paper and Tide-box wearing lunatics he antagonized during the fall of ’92, wearing UM gear to home games at Bryant Denny Stadium and telling Alabama faithful they ‘wanted no part of his speedy Canes’. Whoops.
A dose of humility came in the form of two years at Miami-Dade CC, where an Associate in Arts two-year degree opened the door for a transfer to UF. Gainesville seemed like a better play than trekking to Tallahassee (re: South Alabama). Plus, it was a shorter drive back to Miami for home games those two years in enemy territory.
Upon graduating in 1998, Bello followed his transplanted family west to San Diego, five years after the storm caused them to relocate. His first move was to get a job as a sports editor with FANSonly.com (then CSTV.com and now CBSSportsline.com) and eventually moved to the role of marketing manager. HurricaneSports.com was part of the FANSonly Network, which allowed Bello a tie to Miami athletics that was lost in the cross country move — as well as sideline passes to the 27-24 victory over Florida State in 2000, which he still lists as one of his top five moments in life — right down to rushing the field after Wide Right III and grabbing a clump of orange turf from the midfield “U”, half of which he put in his pocket as a keepsake – the other he promptly ate for good luck.
After FANSonly, a short stint with an up and coming ad agency (which was soon down and going) which led to the opportunity to intern, learning about Internet business models through a long-time friend building up his web business. That experience led to the revamping of allCanes.com and the eventual launch of allCanesBlog.com.
Outside of his allCanes.com efforts, Bello is a copywriter for a handful of clients, runs web efforts for PGA Tour professional and longtime amigo Pat Perez, as well as lending his online marketing expertise to entrepreneurial friends and associates with upstart companies. He longs to pen faith-based, Christian spirituality-themed books like his writing hero Donald Miller, is a life-longmusic enthusiast, an accomplished guitar player and lives an active, healthy lifestyle in Southern California with his wife Lorin and daughter Tru.
Have a question for CB? Email him at chris@allCanes.com
BRIAN ‘THE BEAST’ LONDON
All about “The U” since birth, Brian “The Beast” London was born just outside of Boston in Lynnfield, MA. London’s mom and her family were all native Miamians and stories of wild parties on campus and late night skinny dipping in Lake Osceola was enough to shift his attention to college athletics and life Coral Gables, while living in one of America’s premier pro sports towns.
At the age of three, the future Beast decided he was going to attend the University of Miami and set his sights on achieving that goal. With most of his adolescence spent on a drum kit or working to master the Legend of Zelda, he got his academic life in order at The Pingree School, a college prep school in South Hamilton, MA. His efforts at Pingree earned him the most important letter he ever received; an acceptance letter to UM.
London arrived on campus in August 1994, two weeks before anyone else, to attend camp for the time he w’d spend as part of The Band of The Hour. Beast spent much of his UM time calling games at 90.5 WVUM, playing in the band, being a part of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority and earning a double major in Broadcasting and Political Science.
While at “The U”, Beast interned at Kiss 108 and Sports Radio 850 WEEI in Boston. He also started interning at Miami’s Sports Radio 560 WQAM in April 1997 and was hired as an overnight board operator in November 1998. The B.S. in Broadcasting was earned from UM the following month.
In 1999 U’s broadcasting rights shifted from WINZ to WQAM and Beast began his career of working on Canes broadcasts. The next two years were spent as Senior Producer of all things Miami Hurricanes on the radio, travelling with both the football and baseball teams. In 2002, Beast was promoted to football sideline reporter, basketball pre-game / post-game / in-game host, as well as broadcaster for UM baseball. There were also stints as morning show producer, update anchor and talk show host.
Beast launched “The Beast Show” on SoFloRadio.com in September 2009; a daily, non-sports general talk show. It was during this time that Beast and allCanes general manager Harry Rothwell came up with the idea for allCanes Radio.
allCanes Radio launched in August 2010, airing Wednesdays from 7-9pm ET, both on allCanes.com and also available via Podcast and on the allCanes iPhone app. Beast also spent the past year contributing at allCanesBlog.com, offering great insight and analysis.
Entering 2011, Beast continues his partnership with allCanes and also took on the responsibilities of CBSSports.com “Rapid Reporter” serving as an embedded reporter with the Canes ” as well as launching BeyondUSports.com, a site aspiring to be one of the best in the game regarding the coverage of college sports.
On top of multiple career endeavors, Beast also has an awesome wife Alison and an amazing son, Zach.
OTHER NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Covered five Super Bowls | covered four college football National Championship games, the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, MPC Computers Bowl, Micron PC Bowl, Peach Bowl, Chick-Fil-A Bowl ¦ covered the Miami Hurricanes, Miami Heat, Florida Marlins, Florida Panthers, multiple golf tournaments, tennis tournaments, NFL Hall of Fame inductions ¦ ACC Basketball Tournament, ACC Baseball Tournament, four College World Series â€¦ worked with legendary radio hosts such as, Matt Siegel, Bill Costa, Eddie Andleman, Ted Sarandis, Fred Smerlis, Dale Arnold, Craig Mustard, Hank Goldberg, Neil Rogers, Jim Mandich, Scott Ferrall, Howard David, Joe Rose, Jeff Deforest and Kim Bokamper.
Have a question for The Beast? Email him at allCanesRadio@Gmail.com
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