ESPN Radio

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, Army Black Knights football, College Football Playoff, Championship Week, and UEFA Champions League games.

ESPN Radio
TypeSports radio network
Country
US
First air date
January 1, 1992
Availabilitynational
Founded1991
HeadquartersBristol, Connecticut
Broadcast area
National, through regional affiliates and satellite radio
OwnerESPN Inc.
(Disney 80%/Hearst 20%)
CallsignsESPN
WebcastSiriusXM
Official website
ESPN Radio

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.

HistoryEdit

 
Logo (1992–2008)

ESPN Radio Network was formed in September 1991 by both ESPN Inc. and Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.'s ABC Radio Networks. Twenty-five 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.[3] The network launched as Sports Radio ESPN on January 1, 1992.[4] At first, ESPN Radio broadcast only on weekends.[5] The network debut with 16 hours running on 147 affiliates in 43 states. Its initial programming consisted of news shows, update segments, and occasional features.[6]

By 1996, ESPN Radio had expanded to weekdays[5] 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 aired until 2017[7] (and was also simulcast on ESPN2). In January, 2010, Mike & Mike celebrated their 10-year anniversary on ESPN Radio. Dan Patrick was a mainstay in the 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's flagship station.[8] On June 12, 2007, Disney spun off and merged its ABC Radio Networks with Citadel Broadcasting into Citadel Communications while retaining its ESPN Radio and Radio Disney networks and stations.[9][10][11]

Current programmingEdit

Weekday programming[12]

Program Time (Eastern) Host(s) Original Run
SportsCenter AllNight 1am-6am (2am-6am Mon) Jay Reynolds (2011–present)
Golic and Wingo 6am-10am Mike Golic, Sr., Mike Golic, Jr. and Trey Wingo (2017–present)
The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz 10am-1pm Dan Le Batard and Jon "Stugotz" Weiner (2013–present)
First Take, Your Take 1pm-3pm Jason Fitz (2020–present)
The Will Cain Show 3pm-6pm Will Cain (2018–present)
Spain and Company 6pm-9pm Sarah Spain (2018–present)
Freddie and Fitzsimmons 9pm-1am Freddie Coleman and Ian Fitzsimmons (2016–present)

Saturday programming

Program Time (Eastern) Host(s) Original Run
SportsCenter AllNight 1am-6am Jay Reynolds (2011–present)
The Sporting Life 6am-7am Jeremy Schaap (199?-present)[13]
Marty and McGee 7am-9am Marty Smith and Ryan McGee (2015–present)
Dari and Mel 9am-12pm Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. (2009–present)
GameDay 12pm-4pm Emmett Golden and Amber Wilson (????-present)
Dickerson & Hood 4pm-8pm Jeff Dickerson and Jonathan Hood (2015-present)
GameNight 8pm-2am (1992–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 4 or 7 p.m. ET, with the start time being one hour prior to first pitch. They might also line up with the other game of the series of whoever is playing on the Sunday Night Baseball game the next day. NBA on ESPN Radio also plays on Saturdays, usually being the same matchup for the Saturday Primetime game that is airing as apart of the NBA on ABC.

Sunday programming

Program Time (Eastern) Host(s) Original Run
SportsCenter AllNight 2am-6am Jay Reynolds (2011–present)
The Sporting Life 6am-7am Jeremy Schaap (199?-present)[13]
Best Week Ever 7am-10am (2016–present)
Sunday Morning 10am-12pm (2016–present)
GameDay 12pm-4pm Chris Carlin (????-present)
Dickerson & Hood 4pm-7pm Jeff Dickerson and Jonathan Hood (2015-present)
NBA Insiders 7pm-10pm (201?-present)
GameNight 8pm-2am (1992–present)

As with Saturdays, MLB on ESPN Radio and NBA on ESPN Radio air Sundays as well. They coincide with Sunday Night Baseball, the NBA on ABC Sunday Showcase, or with a Sunday Night NBA on ESPN game if there is no Sunday Showcase that day.

Seasonal showsEdit

  • ESPN Radio College GameDay (Sat, September–December)
  • Countdown to Kickoff (Sun, September-February)
  • Operation Football (Sun, September-February)
  • Football Frenzy (Sun, September-February)
  • Baseball Tonight (March–October)
  • The Mort Report with Chris Mortensen
  • NBA Lockdown
  • NBA Lockdown: insiders (Sun, 7-10 p.m.)

Game broadcastsEdit

Daily segmentsEdit

ESPN Radio stationsEdit

ESPN Radio currently has four company-owned and/or operated stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas, with the Chicago station managed by Good Karma Brands, which owns and operates a number of other ESPN Radio stations in Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida; the Dallas station is operated by Cumulus Media. Each 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.

Owned and/or operatedEdit

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Market Station Frequency
New York WEPN-FM¹ 98.7 FM
Los Angeles KSPN 710 AM
Chicago WMVP² 1000 AM
Dallas KESN³ 103.3 FM

AffiliatedEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "ESPN, ABC Planning to Form Sports Radio Network in 1992". Lso Angeles Times. Associated Press. September 5, 1991. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Zumoff, Marc; Negin, Max (June 20, 2014). Total Sportscasting: Performance, Production, and Career Development. CRC Press. ISBN 1317906764. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Battema, Douglas L.; O'Dell, Cary (2010). "Sports on Radio". In Sterling, Christopher H.; O'Dell, Cary (eds.). The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio. Routledge. ISBN 1135176833. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "ESPN Radio's 'Mike & Mike' signs off after 18 years". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  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. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Nielsen Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  12. ^ "ESPN Radio Schedule - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  13. ^ a b Show was previously hosted by his father, Dick Schaap.
  14. ^ "Sirius XM and ESPN share Wimbledon rights - Sports Broadcast news - Tennis North America Europe". SportsPro Media. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  15. ^ "ESPN Radio: Affiliate List - ESPN Radio - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2015-12-07.

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