ESPN Radio

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ESPN Radio
Type Sports radio network
Country US
First air date
January 1, 1992
Availability national
Founded 1991
Headquarters Bristol, Connecticut
Broadcast area
National, through regional affiliates and satellite radio
Owner ESPN, Inc.
(Disney 80%/Hearst 20%)
Callsigns ESPN
Webcast SiriusXM
Official website
espnradio.com

ESPN Radio is an American sports radio network. It was launched on January 1, 1992 under the original banner of "SportsRadio ESPN." ESPN Radio is located at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The network airs a regular schedule of daily and weekly programming as well as live coverage of sports events including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, College Football Playoff, Championship Week and UEFA Champions League games. ESPN Radio is broadcast to hundreds of affiliate stations as well as to subscribers of Sirius XM Radio in the United States and Canada. The network's content is also streamed online and via mobile applications and other media devices via TuneIn, and several affiliates and owned stations are also available through the service.[1] In 2014, ESPN partnered with TuneIn to create 24/7 streams of its most popular programming including Mike & Mike and SVP & Russillo.[2] Select iHeartMedia-owned ESPN Radio affiliates are available through iHeartRadio.

ESPN Radio currently has four company-owned stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas, with two others operated in New York and Boston under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with their owners. Each station (including the second New York City station) is partnered with an ESPN local website named for the city and featuring a completely separate staff of sportswriters and reporters for each market who give their local viewpoints of local sports (for example, espnnewyork.com for New York).

Most other markets have ESPN Radio affiliates, whether they be part-time or have their entire format dedicated to ESPN Radio. The Walt Disney Company did not include the ESPN Radio network or the Radio Disney network in the 2007 sale of ABC Radio to Citadel Broadcasting.[3]

History[edit]

Logo (1992-2008)

ESPN Radio Network was formed in September 1991 by both ESPN, Inc. and Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.'s ABC Radio Networks. 25 stations had already signed on as affiliates as of its announcement on September 5, 1991 with an expected total of 200 at the January launch. Shelby Whitfield, executive producer of ABC Radio Sports, and John A. Walsh, executive editor of ESPN, were placed in charge of the venture.[4]

The network launched as Sports Radio ESPN on January 1, 1992.[5] At first, ESPN Radio broadcast only on weekends.[6] The network debut with 16 hours running on 147 affiliates in 43 states. Its initial programmming consisted of news shows, update segments and occasional features.[7]

By 1996, it expanded to weekdays[6] with a show hosted by The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nancy Donnellan. One hour of that show was simulcast on ESPN2 (1-2 p.m. Eastern time). Two years later, Tony Bruno and Mike Golic were brought together for a new morning show, the "Bruno & Golic Morning Show" which aired until Bruno left the network in 2000. Mike Greenberg was named as Bruno's replacement, and the morning show became "Mike & Mike", which still airs today (and is also simulcast on ESPN2). In January, 2010, Mike & Mike celebrated their 10-year anniversary on ESPN Radio. Dan Patrick was a mainstay in afternoons until his departure from ESPN in 2007.

Gradually, ESPN added more dayparts and became a 24-hour service. In 1995, ESPN Radio gained national radio rights to the NBA. In 1997, it gained the national radio rights to MLB.[citation needed] Disney purchased WEVD from the Forward Association in September 2002 to become WEPN, ESPN Radio flagship station.[8]

Disney spun off and merged on June 12, 2007 its ABC Radio Networks with Citadel Broadcasting into Citadel Communications while retaining its ESPN Radio and Radio Disney networks and stations.[9][10]

Current programming[edit]

For a fuller list of programs, including out of season shows, see List of programs on ESPN Radio

Weekday programming[11]

Program Host(s) Original Run
SportsCenter AllNight Jay Reynolds (2011–present)
First And Last With Lundberg and Golic, Jr. Robin Lundberg and Mike Golic, Jr. (2016–present)
Mike & Mike Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic (1998–present)
The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz Dan Le Batard and Jon "Stugotz" Weiner (2013–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (Monday & Wednesday afternoon games only) Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher (1998–present)
Russillo and Kanell Ryen Russillo & Danny Kanell (2015–present)
The Right Time with Bomani Jones Bomani Jones (2015–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (Monday & Wednesday night games only) Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher (1998–present)
Jalen and Jacoby Jalen Rose & Dave Jacoby (2015–present)
Jorge and Izzy Jorge Sedano and Israel Gutierrez (2016–present)
NBA on ESPN Radio (Thursday night games only) Kevin Calabro & Jon Barry (1996–present)
NBA on ESPN Radio (Doubleheader night games only) Marc Kestecher & PJ Carlesimo (1996–present)
ESPN FC Presents: The UEFA Champions League on ESPN Radio (Tuesday games only) Glenn Davis & Julie Foudy (2015–present)
ESPN FC Presents: The UEFA Champions League on ESPN Radio (Wednesday games only) JP Dellacamera & Steve McManaman (2015–present)

Saturday programming

Program Host(s) Original Run
The Sporting Life Jeremy Schaap
SportsCenter AllNight Jay Reynolds (2011–present)
Inside the Huddle with John Clayton John Clayton
The Sporting Life Jeremy Schaap
Dari and Mel Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. (2009–present)
College Gameday Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack (1987–present)
ESPN Radio College GameDay Ryen Russillo, Brad Edwards, Trevor Matich (2006–present)
espnW Presents: The Trifecta with Spain, Jane , and Kate Sarah Spain, Jane McManus, and Kate Fagan (2016–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (afternoon MLB on Fox games only and select afternoon games only) Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher (1998–present)
Marty and McGee Marty Smith and Ryan McGee (2015–present)
College Football on ESPN Radio (select afternoon games) Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad (2007–present)
Rothenberg & Elhassan Dave Rothenberg and Amin Elhassan (2013–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (late afternoon MLB on Fox games only and select late afternoon games only) Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher (1998–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (evening MLB on Fox and select evening games only) Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher (1998–present)
College Football on ESPN Radio (select evening games) Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad (2007–present)
Dickerson and Hood Jeff Dickerson and Jonathan Hood (2015–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (late MLB on Fox and select late evening games only) Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher (1998–present)
College Football on ESPN Radio Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad (2007–present)
The Robin Lundberg Show Robin Lundberg (2015–present)

MLB on ESPN Radio often airs on Saturday afternoon with varied times week to week, those times are usually in-tune with the FOX Saturday Baseball Telecast which airs its games at Four or Seven PM with the start time being one hour prior to first pitch.

Sunday programming

Program Host(s) Original Run
SportsCenter AllNight Jay Reynolds (2011–present)
Dari and Mel Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. (2009–present)
Izzy and Amin (2016–present)
Football Sunday on ESPN Radio Sean McDonough, Herm Edwards (1993–present)
Football Sunday on ESPN Radio (Sunday doubleheader games only) Bill Rosinski, Shaun O'Hara (1993–present)
Coachman & Bretos Jonathan Coachman & Max Bretos (2015–present)
NBA on ESPN Radio (Sunday afternoon games only) Kevin Calabro & Jon Barry (1996–present)
NBA on ESPN Radio (Sunday afternoon doubleheader games only) Marc Kestecher & PJ Carlesimo (1996–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher (1998–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (late and Pacific Time games) Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher (1998–present)
SportsCenter AllNight Jay Reynolds (2011–present)

Seasonal shows[edit]

Game broadcasts[edit]

In 2013, ESPN Radio also broadcast their first non-sporting event, a radio simulcast of the Miss America 2013 beauty pageant.

Daily segments[edit]

ESPN Radio Stations[edit]

Owned and operated[edit]

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Market Station Frequency
New York WEPN-FM* 98.7 FM*
Los Angeles KSPN 710 AM
Chicago WMVP 1000 AM
Boston WEEI* 850 AM*
Dallas KESN** 103.3 FM**

Affiliated[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Radio Programs Come to iTunes, TuneIn 06/12/2014". Mediapost.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  2. ^ "TuneIn Radio". Tunein.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Nielsen Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  4. ^ "ESPN, ABC Planning to Form Sports Radio Network in 1992". Lso Angeles Times. Associated Press. September 5, 1991. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Zumoff, Marc; Negin, Max (June 20, 2014). Total Sportscasting: Performance, Production, and Career Development. CRC Press. ISBN 1317906764. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Coombs, Danielle Sarver; Batchelor, Bob (2013). American History Through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 94. ISBN 0313379882. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ Battema, Douglas L.; O'Dell, Cary (2010). "Sports on Radio". In Sterling, Christopher H.; O'Dell, Cary. The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio. Routledge. ISBN 1135176833. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ Hoffmann, Frank; Dempsey, Jack M.; Manning, Martin J (December 6, 2012). Sports-Talk Radio in America: Its Context and Culture. Routledge. p. 56. ISBN 1136428917. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (February 7, 2006). "Disney in deal to merge ABC Radio with Citadel". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Disney and Citadel Announce Completion of ABC Radio Merger" (Press release). The Walt Disney Company & Citadel Broadcasting Corporation. Business Wire. June 12, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ "ESPN Radio Schedule - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  12. ^ "Sirius XM and ESPN share Wimbledon rights - Sports Broadcast news - Tennis North America Europe". SportsPro Media. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  13. ^ "ESPN Radio: Affiliate List - ESPN Radio - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 

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