Leila Rahimi broke a 29-year gender barrier Monday by being named full-time midday co-host at WSCR 670-AM, the Entercom sports/talk station.
As the first woman to host a Monday-through-Friday daytime shift at The Score, Rahimi teams with Dan Bernstein from 9 a.m. to noon. Rahimi, a fill-in host and occasional contributor since 2017, has been co-hosting middays with Bernstein once a week since September.
She previously spent five years as anchor, host and reporter for NBC Sports Chicago until her position was cut in companywide layoffs at Comcast-owned NBCUniversal.
“We are thrilled to be amplifying Lelia’s role at The Score,” Rachel Williamson, regional president and market manager of Entercom Chicago, said in a statement. “She’s a seasoned professional with experience engaging with sports fans across multiple platforms and cities, and has built a great reputation with Chicago’s sports fans. Adding her voice and perspective consistently creates a more dynamic midday lineup for Score listeners.”
Rahimi, 39, joined Comcast SportsNet Chicago (forerunner of NBC Sports Chicago) in 2015 from MLB Network. She previously worked for regional sports networks in Philadelphia, Houston and San Diego.
Born and raised in Denton, Texas, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with a degree in journalism.
“Since I was five years old, my report card has said I talked too much,” Rahimi said. “As Chicago sports fans know, I've loved living here and talking about sports with them and alongside the incredible media personalities here. To continue to do so in one of the best sports cities in the world is an opportunity for which I'm very grateful.”
Bernstein has been without a full-time co-host since Connor McKnight was laid off in April along with dozens of other Entercom Chicago staffers following the outset of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Leila has been part of The Score team for a long time," said Mitch Rosen, the station's brand manager and program director. "Her friendships with so many people here and our audience made this such a great partnership. Her insight, opinions and knowledge of Chicago sports stand out every time she turns the mic on."
In the latest Nielsen Audio survey, The Score tied for 14th place in middays with a 2.0 percent audience share.