ESPN Radio to Overhaul Weekday Lineup Beginning August 17th
ESPN Radio announced today that they will be restructuring their weekday lineup beginning August 17th. The changes include a new morning show featuring Keyshawn Johnson and Jay Williams, the return of Mike Greenberg to ESPN Radio, and Max Kellerman getting his own radio show for the first time. "Our new lineup will provide sports fans informative and engaging content throughout the week from hosts who all have radio experience," said Norby Williamson, executive vice president & executive editor, production in an official press release.
The changes also mean that Mike Golic Sr. and Trey Wingo are no longer with ESPN Radio. Golic had been broadcasting in morning drive for 20 years and Wingo replaced Greenberg nearly three years ago. Will Cain, who had been occupying the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. time slot left ESPN Radio last month and Jason Fitz will now be teaming with Sarah Spain from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. However, Spain and Fitz will not air locally since SportsTalk will continue to occupy the 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. time slot on 600 ESPN El Paso.
Here is a detailed breakdown of each new show courtesy of ESPN Radio.
Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin: 4 – 8 a.m.
The schedule begins with the premiere of ESPN Radio’s new morning show, Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin, from 4-8 a.m. NFL Live analyst and Super Bowl Champion Keyshawn Johnson will co-host, alongside NBA and college basketball analyst Jay Williams and SportsCenter anchor Zubin Mehenti. The trio will discuss the morning’s top stories and overnight developments with their own perspective and analysis. Johnson – who has headlined a morning show for 710AM ESPN in Los Angeles since 2016 – will regularly appear on Get Up and First Take. Williams – who is regularly heard as a guest across ESPN Radio’s studio show lineup – will continue his role on NBA Countdown and appear across the network’s TV studio programming. Mehenti has been a consistent weekend voice on ESPN Radio in recent months and will also continue to host select editions of SportsCenter going forward.
The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will follow from 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. The show has been part of the national ESPN Radio weekday lineup since 2015 and features Dan Le Batard – host of Highly Questionable and the South Beach Sessions podcast – and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner – host of the Stupodity podcast – connecting with listeners through their unique blend of self-deprecating humor, insightful guests, and thoughtful conversation. Given the show also has a very engaged digital following, Le Batard will continue to expand his reach in the podcast space through the Le Batard and Friends Network.
The Mike Greenberg Show: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Host of ESPN’s morning show Get Up, Mike Greenberg makes his highly anticipated return to ESPN Radio. The show will regularly feature his unique take on many of the trending topics from that morning’s Get Up. Greenberg previously co-hosted Mike & Mike for almost two decades and was inducted in to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.
The Max Kellerman Show: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Featured commentator on ESPN’s marquee morning debate show First Take and host of Max on Boxing Max Kellerman will make his national ESPN Radio debut with The Max Kellerman Show from `12-2 p.m. Kellerman will regularly expand on the most-timely debates from that day’s edition of First Take from his point of view, further discussions on the latest boxing news and much more. Kellerman previously hosted shows for ESPN Radio in both the Los Angeles and New York markets.
Chiney and Golic Jr.: 2 – 5 p.m. (last hour pre-empted locally by SportsTalk)
Two-time WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike will be joined by ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic Jr. from 2-4 p.m. for Chiney and Golic Jr. The duo – who regularly contribute to ESPN’s digital shows surrounding major events and the network’s additional studio programming – will engage with fans while discussing topics of the day and looking ahead at the night’s events. Ogwumike will also regularly appear on SportsCenter, Get Up, First Take, WNBA and NBA programming and provide analysis for men’s college basketball.
Ogwumike said, "I cherish this moment and opportunity, now more than ever. To co-host a daily, national platform is a reflection of ESPN's understanding that voices like mine matter. I am thrilled to represent this rising generation alongside my new teammate Golic Jr., a close friend and exceptional talent."
Spain and Fitz: 5 – 7 p.m. (show pre-empted locally by SportsTalk)
From 5-7 p.m., award-winning writer for espnW and ESPN Radio host Sarah Spain – who also appears on the network’s Highly Questionable and Around the Horn – will be reunited with former co-host Jason Fitz – who will also continue as a leading commentator for ESPN’s digital shows and special event programming. Spain and Fitz – which the duo previously hosted together from January 2018-May 2019 – will pick up where it left off, entertaining listeners with insightful conversation on the day’s trending topics and under-the-radar stories.
Freddie and Fitzsimmons: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The weekday lineup culminates with Freddie and Fitzsimmons, led by veteran radio host Freddie Coleman and football sideline reporter and analyst Ian Fitzsimmons, from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Coleman and Fitzsimmons take fans inside the sports news and events of the day with inviting conversation, strong opinions and reactions as that night’s events unfold.