Start your morning off RIGHT with Sandra Golden, Brian Finneran
and Steak Shapiro on “The Front Row!”
Sandra Golden has been working in the Sports/News Business now for 20 years. The Emmy Award winning sports reporter and anchor has been interviewing athletes, head coaches, team owners, NASCAR drivers, movie stars, and everyone in between the rink, the ballpark, and the track over her entire career.
She worked her way up in the business after graduating from Florida State University and Gulf Coast College. She learned to edit, shoot, write, and interview at her first stop in Tallahassee, FL. She then worked her way up from Market 159 to Market 7 in Atlanta, GA where she has been working for the last 13 years.
She is well respected as a journalist with Fox Sports Net, WSB-TV, Comcast Sports, CSS’ Sportsnight, and Sports Radio 790 The Zone.
Golden is a sports commentator for Nancy Grace, and has even been on Oprah!
She has won 4 Associated Press Awards for reporting, and she won three Southern Regional Emmy Awards for sports reporting. She is now one of the co-hosts of The Front Row weekdays from 9am to 12 noon on 680 The Fan.
Steak Shapiro spent 17 years hosting one of the city’s most popular sports talk shows “Mayhem in the AM’ and won numerous Gabby (Georgia Broadcasting) awards as city’s top talk host. In 1997 he founded and served as President of the former Big League Broadcasting for almost 14 years. Steak went outside the sports world and went after his second biggest passion as current founder/CEO of city’s most popular dining out brand Atlanta Eats which includes a weekly TV show that airs twice a week which Steak hosts. Star of brand new Food Network prime time show for late summer and regular guest commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Fox Business Channel, Steak’s brand and image is known throughout Atlanta and the country for both sports and lifestyle brands.
Until 2010, Brian Finneran served as a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League. Finneran entered the NFL in 1998 when he signed as a rookie free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. He came to the Falcons late in the 1999 season and has played with the team since.
In the 2010 season with the Falcons, Finneran played in all 16 regular-season games, but did not see the same receiving numbers as in his earlier seasons. He finished the year with 19 catches for 166 yards and three touchdowns. That was enough to help the Falcons finish the year with a 13-3 record and top the National Football Conference going into the 2010-11 NFL Playoffs.
Brian Joseph Finneran was born on January 31, 1976, in Mission Viejo, California. After high school, he played college football with the Villanova Wildcats. Finneran left the school holding school records at 265 receptions for 3,872 yards and 34 touchdowns. His senior year was his statistically best, including catching 96 passes for 1,389 yards and 19 touchdowns and winning the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in Division I-AA football. Finneran also had his jersey, number 25, retired by the school.
Off the field, Finneran is active with SafeKids, an organization that promotes helmet safety, with the “Bee a Buckler” Safety Program, which promotes seat belt use, as well as being an ambassador for USA Football and Heads Up Football. He resides with his wife, Erin, and four children, Conor, Brynn, Keenan and Cullen.