Five days a week on ESPN, Tony Reali hosts Around the Horn, a 30-minute television show viewed by a half million sports lovers. This popular program accentuates his quirky talents as puppeteer and lion tamer, someone with an almost supernatural ability to mute any of the sportswriters or sportscasters on the four screens in front of him with the push of a button.
“I can talk for hours about giving voice to people, and, oddly, my job is to silence people with a mute button, ” says Reali, 39, laughing. “But I trust they know it’s done with a wink. “