If you did not have the chance to watch or listen to the final edition of Golic & Wingo in its entirety, know that the final hour was a perfect microcosm of the whole affair, as both Mike Golic Sr. and Trey Wingo received farewells and well wishes from the people that love them.
“Welcome to the unmitigated disaster portion of the show,” Mike Golic Jr. said to start the final hour, which opened with the three Golic children, their significant others, and their parents in front of the microphones in the Golic family basement.
The entire family was wearing a shirt that said “A True Pro: Mike Golic” written in Notre Dame colors. The shirt is being sold by a company called Homage, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the South Bend Center for the Homeless, a charity that Golic has supported for a long time.
Golic Sr. revealed that listeners that feel like they have become part of the family will still be able to get their fix. He announced that the family’s podcast Sorry in Advance will continue.
Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards called in in the next segment to make sure Trey Wingo got a proper goodbye. He said that the two had been best friends since the first day Edwards showed up to the NFL Live set.
“It’s more than just working at ESPN. Friendships are forever,” Edwards said. “He taught me to do what I needed to do to entertain the audience man, he was my mentor.”
Wingo left the show a segment early so that the final few minutes could be all about Golic, who noted that this partnership is only over on the air. The two are still friends and still live just five minutes apart from one another. Before he left, Wingo delivered one final message to Mike Golic Sr and Jr.
“Know that I love you both. I’ll see you both a lot. It’s been an absolute blast.”
The entire Golic family was back on set for the final segment. Senior gave credit to every single producer he has had during his 22 years in morning drive, noting that he has done more than 4500 shows on ESPN Radio. Junior then recognized the entire Golic & Wingo staff by name.
Golic Sr. acknowledged what so many have said about him this week. His family has always been the most important thing in his life. That is why so much of their home life wound up on the radio.
“To have people be part of that and want to be part of that is pretty cool,” Golic said in reference listeners’ responses to those stories and conversations and their investment in the family’s life.
If you made it this far into the hour without breaking down into tears, it was impossible to keep that up once Mike Golic Jr. started speaking.
He started out upbeat and strong in his delivery as usual. He said that he doesn’t look at today as a sad thing. He noted that when the mic goes off, everyone in the Golic house still gets to call Mike Sr. dad.
That is when the quiver came into Junior’s voice.
He talked about how much impact it had on his brother, his sister, and himself to see their father give up calling college football games once they entered high school. He talked about how lucky he felt to know that both of the parents would be in the stands for every football game. Finally, he paid tribute to his dad on a personal level, saying that the Golic & Wingo experience is something he would never trade.
“To get to do this with you for the last three years will be the highlight of my professional life and my personal life,” Junior said. “To get to do the thing you always wanted to do with the person you always wanted to be is just surreal.”
The tributes to Golic Sr continued on social media where colleagues and affiliate stations tipped their cap to the long time ESPN Radio morning host.
Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio
“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”
San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.
RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.
San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.
Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.
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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.