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Mike Golic Talks End of ESPN Radio Show with Sarah Spain

“Golic knows that many want to know the full story of why he won’t be on ESPN Radio in the mornings, but wasn’t ready to offer an explanation.”

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This Friday will be the last time that Mike Golic will sign off on ESPN Radio after being part of the network’s morning show for over 20 years. This week, he joined Sarah Spain this week on the That’s What She Said podcast

Spain started by asking the question whether or not it will be easier for Golic to say goodbye this time after doing it when Mike & Mike ended.

“I wouldn’t say it is easier because both times, it wasn’t my choice. I might have been caught off guard on both of them in all honesty. I didn’t think Mike & Mike should have ended and I didn’t think this should have ended,” said Golic. “While I say I wanted to keep going, I compared it to being cut by the Houston Oilers and Miami Dolphins, I don’t think it was the right move, but there’s nothing I can do about it.” 

Golic explained why he is going back to do college football if/when a season resumes as an analyst: 

“I actually told the bosses I said, ‘let me go back and do college football.’ I hope there’s a college football season, If there is, I will call college games. I’m still going to be around. I’m still going to be in the business…nothing is off the table.”

Golic knows that many want to know the full story of why he won’t be on ESPN Radio in the mornings, but wasn’t ready to offer an explanation.

“I am always a say it to your face guy…. I have never been a locker room talking guy. Someday I will tell the full story of everything, but now is not the time…As far as any story behind it or why, that is something they [management] have to explain, not me. But I will say my peace in that it is the wrong move, but that doesn’t mean I won’t wish the next hosts all the best in the world.”

Golic did reveal that there would be 2 guests on the show on Friday that he wanted to talk with on the final show, but he would not reveal who those guests were, which will make for some interesting guesses. He did reveal some of his favorite guests such as Charles Barkley, Bill Curry, Mark Schlereth, and Darius Rucker to name a few.

“His wisdom is unbelievable and he has that soft delivery that we would probably get the most response from listeners and viewers when he was on because they just stopped and listened because he was so smart,” said Golic of Curry. 

Golic also mentioned some of his favorite segments, including Just Shut Up on Fridays, saying that the production for that segment was fantastic and that it “resonated the most with a lot of people.” Plus, he said he has never overslept and missed a portion of a show, so that in itself is an accomplishment. 

At the end of the show, Golic left some advice for the new morning hosts (Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, Zubin Mehenti) when their show starts August 17: 

“The biggest piece of advice I can give to any radio host is let people know who you are. Let them know you, let them in. Let them know about your family. Become kind of friends with them. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.” 

During this podcast, you will get a little bit of a walk down memory lane with Golic and the next 36 hours or so are going to be emotional for people that grew up listening to him on the radio.

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Eli Gold to Call Games in the Arena Football League

“Eli is the gold standard of sports announcing,” said former Titans and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. “We are very excited to have him be a key component in helping us return the Nashville Kats and the Arena Football League to the Music City.”

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Eli Gold, who was not retained by the Crimson Tide Sports Network after 35 years calling University of Alabama broadcasts, will be taking his talents to Nashville. Gold has been named the play-by-play broadcaster for the Arena Football League’s Nashville Kats, who are set to kick off in April.

According to a release put out by the team, the games will air on Cromwell Media stations in Nashville, either on 102.5 The Game or Classic Hits 93.3.

“It is an honor and privilege for the Kats to have the legendary Eli Gold be our voice and be part of our franchise in a variety of ways,” said Nashville Kats founding partner and CEO Tamara Dadd Alan, an Alabama graduate. “We are not only excited to hear him on the calls of our games, but also how he will become a leader in the community as part of our franchise outreach.”

“I am so very excited about returning to the Arena Football League as the voice of the Nashville Kats,” Gold said. “I say returning, because I was the TV voice of the league back when the games were on NBC and TNN, and I came to love the product. The Nashville Kats are a franchise with a great history of success, and now with Jeff Fisher and Dean Cokinos heading the football operations, the new Kats should pick right up where the old Kats left off. I look forward to bringing you all the action of the 50-yard indoor war.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of the return of the AFL and the Nashville Kats franchise,” Cromwell Media Nashville general manager Shawn Fort said. “In addition to the great people involved like Jeff Fisher and Eli Gold, we are excited for the opportunity to continue to connect on a local level with football fans in Middle Tennessee.” 

“Eli is the gold standard of sports announcing,” said former Titans and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. “We are very excited to have him be a key component in helping us return the Nashville Kats and the Arena Football League to the Music City.”

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Rob Parker to Launch ‘Sports Rap Radio’ in Detroit

“It will be young people getting opportunities and former athletes, from Detroit or with ties to Detroit.”

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Rob Parker, co-host of The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard on Fox Sports Radio, is launching ‘Sports Rap Radio’ in Detroit. Parker and a group, which includes former NBA player BJ Armstrong, will air the programming on WXYT 1270 AM through an LMA with Audacy who owns the signal. Currently, the station airs Audacy’s BetQL Sports Betting network.

The Detroit News was first to report the announcement and said the brand will feature an all-Black host lineup and plans to hit the airwaves in mid-May. Parker said the lineup will be all local from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will also then carry The Odd Couple at its normal time of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. About the lineup, Parker told the newspaper, “It will be young people getting opportunities and former athletes, from Detroit or with ties to Detroit.”

Parker said the intent is to build a network of stations in the top 20-25 black markets. He also said he will use the overnight hours to air podcasts with Black hosts.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Jac Collinsworth “Was Dreadful” at Play-by-Play

“Jac Collinsowrth was underqualified…for the position he was in in. He didn’t deserve to have the job, I’m glad he doesnt have that particular job anymore and I dont even feel remotely bad about sayiing it.”

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Andrew Fillipponi Courtesy of 93.7 The Fan Jac Collinsworth Courtesy of NBC

Count The PM Team with Poni & Mueller hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller amongst those who will not miss Jac Collinsworth on Notre Dame broadcasts. The 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh hosts were responding to the news Andrew Marchand of The Athletic had reported earlier in the day that Collinsworth was being taken out of the play-by-play role for Notre Dame games on NBC.

“He just was terrible on those broadcasts,” Fillipponi said. “… if anyone thinks I’m being too hard on a guy who got his job in large measure because of who his dad is, feel free, if I ever lose my job to just dunk on me endlessly…Jac Collinsowrth was underqualified…for the position he was in in. He didn’t deserve to have the job, I’m glad he doesn’t have that particular job anymore and I don’t even feel remotely bad about saying it.”

Reminded that Collinsworth is a Notre Dame graduate, Fillipponi asked, “Do you know how bad you have to suck at the job to be a Notre Dame alum and they don’t even want to keep you on the broadcast?”

“Taking him off that assignment, I bet he’s livid,” Mueller said. “Because he wants to call his alma mater’s games. I wonder how Cris Collinsworth takes it? And it makes me think, ‘is Collinsowrth, the elder, the dad, how much longer is he going to be at NBC?’ If Cris Collinsworth is seeen as their top analyst and someone they want to have call their games until he’s ready to retire ten years from now, they are basically firing his son off of Notre Dame football games.”

“He was dreadful at the job,” Fillipponi added. “As a desk guy, in all those roles, pretty much dreadful.” Fillipponi also went on to say if the response is for Cris Collinsworth to leave NBC, he had a suggestion on who could take his place. “I’d put Greg Olsen with [Mike] Tirico on Sunday Night Football in a heartbeat…I think [Cris] Collinsworth is very good…the fact that virtually every fanbase hates Cris Collinsworth and thinks he hates thier favorite team, is proof positive that he is good at his job.”

In case anyone thought Fillipponi was just mad Jac Collinsowrth got the Notre Dame job because he is the son of Cris Collinsworth, he said, “You don’t hear me going on and on about nepotism with Noah Eagle, because I think Noah Eagle is excellent already at the job.”

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