Mathis' commitment to his community
and local fans was acknowledged in April 2002 when he was
asked to throw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs vs.
San Francisco Giants game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL.
The game was broadcast live on the show's Chicago affiliate.
In June 2002, Mathis also threw out the first pitch in Comerica
Park in Detroit, MI at a Detroit Tigers game, also televised
on our Detroit affiliate.
In addition to starring in his own
television show, during the show's second season, Judge
Mathis broke new ground when he took his show on the road
and starred in the critically acclaimed stage production
"Been There Done That" which played to sold out
audiences in 29 cities and received national press attention.
"Been There Done That" is a musical drama based
on Mathis' life designed to inspire men and women to overcome
life's obstacles. Along with Judge Mathis, the play featured
gospel music icon Fred Hammond, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
and was written by Teresa Coleman-Wash. Playing a role parallel
to his own life-story enabled Mathis another opportunity
to help change lives.
Mathis has also served as the host
of "Judgement Call," a weekly radio show in which
he answered legal questions from callers on Chicago radio
station WGCI. On the first Monday of every month, Mathis
also joined WGCI's morning drive host Howard McGee
to co-host "Ask the Judge," a law related segment
of the morning show.