Afternoon report

The “lost” interview: A teen’s 1966 radio chat with Muhammad Ali — kept on reel-to-reel for decades — finally goes online. From the Blank on Blank editor’s email to Romenesko readers:

It was 1966 when a 17-year-old from a high school in the Chicago suburbs landed the interview of lifetime: Muhammad Ali. Ali was in his prime, training on the South Side of Chicago.

During the interview for the teen’s high school radio show he epically riffed on going to Mars, why boasting got him to his first title, and why he learned to box so he could get his bike back. But only a handful of people ever got to hear this vintage interview. Now after nearly 50 years locked away we’re bringing this slice of Chicago history back to life.

UPDATE: Recently retired Denver Post sportswriter Natalie Meisler sends this email: “I’d like to add a historical footnote to the Ali interview. The teenager who conducted the interview grew up to be Michael Aisner, one of the country’s pioneer bicycle race promoters. He ran the Red Zinger/Coors Classic, was responsible for getting Greg LeMond to race in this country, helped promote and develop the first wave of American riders who competed in The Tour de France and is recognized in the US Bicycle Hall of Fame. All of this was pre-Lance Armstrong.”

* Muhammad Ali: The lost interview from 1966 (

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