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ESPN Radio To Launch New Lineup on August 17th

“Rarely does a network forego tweaking for a complete overhaul but ESPN Radio is taking action and introducing a whole new lineup on August 17th.”

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ESPN Radio’s national lineup of shows will soon be almost unrecognizable. After losing Stephen A. Smith earlier this year and Will Cain’s departure last month, the network has confirmed a new lineup will hit the air on August 17th.

Rarely does a network forego tweaking for a complete overhaul the way ESPN Radio is about to, but the network told affiliates today it will indeed feature four new daytime shows. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post was the first to report that possibility.

The new lineup will feature former wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, basketball analyst and former point guard Jay Williams, and SportsCenter host Zubin Mehenti in morning drive. The trio will occupy the 6a-10a timeslot. 

Johnson, Williams and Mehenti as ESPN Radio’s new morning show from 6 – 10am ET, brings to an end Golic and Wingo. Golic’s impressive run on ESPN Radio looks to be ending after more than two decades with the company. Wingo’s morning show tenure falls short of three years. Both hosts have contracts that expire at the end of this year. 

The Dan Le Batard Show will continue its daily start at 10am, but it will lose an hour in the process. The show will now operate weekdays from 10a-12p. They make room for Mike Greenberg, the host of ESPN’s morning TV show Get Up who previously spent 16+ years on the network hosting alongside Golic on Mike & Mike. Greeny will fill the weekday slot of 12p-2p.

Also returning to his radio roots is Max Kellerman. The First Take star has previously hosted on ESPN LA 710 and ESPN New York, and was considered for mornings, but his responsibilities opposite Stephen A. Smith would’ve made it difficult to work on both shows. Kellerman will take over weekdays from 2p-4p ET on the network.

After Kellerman, current morning show contributor Mike Golic Jr. and basketball analyst Chiney Ogwumike will team up to in afternoons from 4 – 7pm. Evenings will feature the reunited team of Jason Fitz and Sarah Spain from 7p-9p, and Freddie & Fitzsimmons from 9p-1a.

It’s interesting to see ESPN potentially go with three two-hour shows in their new weekday lineup instead of a more traditional schedule breakdown. But with five shows from 6am – 7pm, affiliates will have plenty of flexibility in mixing local talent with syndicated programming.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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