Jon Weiner

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Jon Weiner, known professionally as Stugotz, is an American sports talk radio host based in Miami, Florida. He is best known for his work on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on ESPN Radio, where he is the co-host and sidekick to Miami sports journalist Dan Le Batard.

Jon Weiner
Birth name Jon Weiner
Alma mater Clark University (B.A.)
Show The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (2004-present)
Station(s) ESPN Radio, WAXY (AM)
Time slot Monday-Friday
10am-1pm ET
Style Sports talk satire
Country United States
Website twitter.com/Stugotz790

Weiner grew up on Long Island in Port Washington, New York. He cites listening to Mike and the Mad Dog as a child as his inspiration for pursuing a career in sports talk radio.[1]

Weiner graduated from Clark University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in English/Communications.[1] He played lacrosse while in college. In Clark's first season as a member of the Pilgrim League in 1992, Weiner was named to the league's All-Star Team after finishing second in league scoring with an average 5.8 points per game. Weiner broke Clark school records for season points (58) and season goals (39).[2] He also tied the school record for goals in a game with nine. He is still number seven in all-time goals scored in a career and number ten in career assists.[3] The team was also historically bad, finishing 8-34 during his career, including a winless season his senior year.

Broadcasting career[edit]

After working as an intern for Madison Square Garden with the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, Weiner moved to south Florida and accepted a similar internship with the Miami Marlins and Miami Dolphins. Weiner was part of a group that started WAXY (AM), better known as 790 The Ticket in South Miami, Florida.[1]

Stugotz and Dan Le Batard were named #6 in Talkers.com 2015 list of the 100 most important sports talk show hosts in America.[4] The duo was also ranked #4 on Barrett Sports Media's list of America's top 20 national sports radio shows of 2015.[5] Furthermore, the podcast for The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is the highest performer for sports media conglomerate ESPN.[6] In 2016, the Miami New Times named Stugotz the "Best AM Radio Personality".[7] Given the growing fandom for Stugotz on the radio show, ESPN has featured him occasionally on flagship television programs such as First Take and Highly Questionable. In 2017, due to growing popularity,[citation needed] The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz was moved to ESPN2's daily lineup from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET (since discontinued). Stugotz also has a weekly appearance on ESPN's premier program, SportsCenter, at 8:45 a.m. ET every Wednesday as well as a weekly appearance on Golic and Wingo every Tuesday. Stugotz is a proud fan of the New York Jets.[8]

In 2014, Stugotz put his likeness on a billboard that mocked LeBron James for leaving the Miami Heat to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers. The billboard was co-funded by Dan Le Batard and himself, and got Dan Le Batard suspended for two days by ESPN.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "PASR29-30: Jon "Stugotz" Weiner – ESPN Radio". 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Clark Lacrosse History".
  3. ^ "Clark". Clark. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  4. ^ "2015 TALKERS Sports Heavy Hundred • 1 – 25". Talkers.Com. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  5. ^ "America's Top 20 National Sports Talk Shows of 2015 Are…". 4 February 2016.
  6. ^ "The 30 Most Powerful Talents in Sports Media Today". 25 January 2017.
  7. ^ staff, Miami New Times (13 June 2016). "Best of Miami 2016 Preview: Best AM Radio Host".
  8. ^ "Stugotz tired of being a Jets fan • 1 – 25". ESPN.Com. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  9. ^ "ESPN Suspends Host Over LeBron James Billboard".
  10. ^ "ESPN Suspends Another Host - TVWeek".