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ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio logo.svg
Type Radio network
Country United States
Availability National, through regional affiliates and satellite radio
Owner The Walt Disney Company (80%)
Hearst Corporation (20%)
Launch date January 4, 1992
Official Website

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 Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Bowl Championship Series, and National Invitation Tournament games. ESPN Radio is broadcast to hundreds of affiliate stations as well as to subscribers of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio in the United States and Canada.

ESPN Radio currently has five company-owned stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and Pittsburgh. 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 recent sale of ABC Radio to Citadel Broadcasting. However, ESPN Radio as well as its Spanish counterpart ESPN Deportes Radio are still considered to be a part of the Citadel Media family because Citadel sells the advertising time on both services.[1]



Logo (1992-2008)

ESPN Radio launched on January 4, 1992. Keith Olbermann hosted the first program. The top story that night was that Danny Tartabull signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent.

At first, ESPN Radio broadcast only on weekends. By 1996, it expanded to weekdays 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, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic were brought together for a new morning show, which still airs today (and is also simulcast on ESPN2). By that time, Donnellan was gone and Dan Patrick replaced her. That show lasted until Patrick left 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 rights to MLB on national radio.

Current programming

Weekday programming

Airtime (Eastern) Program Host(s) SportsCenter Anchor Original Run
1:00 am - 5:00 am AllNight with Jason Smith Jason Smith Jay Reynolds or Neil Jackson (2005–present)
5:00 am - 6:00 am SportsCenter AM Jay Reynolds Bob Picozzi (2008–present)
6:00 am - 10:00 am Mike and Mike in the Morning Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic Bob Picozzi (1998–present)
10:00 am - 2:00 pm The Herd with Colin Cowherd Colin Cowherd Dan Davis (2004–present)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The Scott Van Pelt Show Scott Van Pelt with Ryen Russillo Dan Davis (2008–present)
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm The Doug Gottlieb Show Doug Gottlieb Jon Stashower (2009–present)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Baseball Tonight* Marc Kestecher (2008–present)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Brian Kenny Show* Brian Kenny Marc Kestecher (2009–present)
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Football Tonight* Freddie Coleman, John Seibel Jay Reynolds or Neil Jackson (2008–present)
11:00 pm - 1:00 am SportsCenter Nightly Doug Brown Jay Reynolds or Neil Jackson (2008–present)
  • The Freddie Coleman Show airs from 8pm to 10pm on Fridays, The Sporting Life airs at 7pm and 10pm on Friday nights.

Weekend programming

Saturday airtime
Sunday airtime
Program Host(s) SportsCenter Anchor Original Run
1:00 am - 5:00 am 1:00 am - 5:00 am The V Show with Bob Valvano Bob Valvano Neil Jackson (1998-Present)
5:00am - 6:00am Best of Mike & Mike in the Morning Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic - -
7:00 am - 8:00 am 5:00 am - 6:00 am The Sporting Life (Replay) Jeremy Schapp - -
6:00 am - 7:00 am 6:00 am - 7:00 am RaceDay Pat Patterson - -
- 7:00 am - 10:00 am The John Kincade Show John Kincade Christine Lisi (2007–Present)
8:00 am - 10:00 am - The Erik Kuselias Show Erik Kuselias Christine Lisi (2008-Present)
10:00 am - 8 pm - Sportscenter Saturday - (2008–Present)
- 10 am - 8 pm Sportscenter Sunday - -
8 pm - 1 am 8 pm - 1 am Gamenight Neil Jackson 1992- Present

Seasonal shows

  • The Huddle (Sat, February-August)
  • The Baseball Show (Sun, March-August)
  • College GameDay (Sat, September-December)
  • NFL on ESPN Radio (Sun, September-February)
  • Mike Tirico's Weekend Blitz - Pro Football
  • Mike Tirico's Weekend Blitz - College Football
  • The Mort Report with Chris Mortensen

Game broadcasts

Daily segments

Former shows


  • The Fabulous Sports Babe (Nanci Donnellan) (Mon–Fri 10am–1pm, 1994–1997) - replaced by Kornheiser; Donnellan continued the show on Sports Fan Radio Network until 2001, and re-emerged in 2008 co-hosting a local show in Tampa Bay, Florida.
  • Bruno-Golic Morning Show (Mon–Fri 6am–10am, 1995–1998) - Tony Bruno left ESPN and was replaced by Mike Greenberg (title change to Mike and Mike). Bruno was an original host of Gamenight; in mid-2009, he began his second stint on Fox Sports Radio.
  • AllNight with Todd Wright (Mon–Fri 1am–6am, 1996–2005) - Later became AllNight with Jason Smith. Wright moved to Sporting News Radio, still broadcasting there as of December 2009.
  • The Tony Kornheiser Show (Mon–Fri 10am–1pm, 1998–2004) - replaced by The Herd. Kornheiser later revived his show on Washington, D.C. stations WTEM, Washington Post Radio and WWWT during Monday Night Football offseasons, until 2008. Revived again in mid-2009 on WTEM, which is now an ESPN Radio affiliate.
  • The Dan Patrick Show (Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm, 1999-2007) - Dan Patrick left ESPN after 19 years; his show was replaced by The Mike Tirico Show and The Stephen A. Smith Show (both see below), following several weeks of guest hosts; Patrick revived his show later in 2007 in syndication (and beginning in 2009, on Fox Sports Radio).
  • The Sports Brothers with Erik and Chris Kuselias (Mon–Fri 4pm–7pm, 2003–2005) - later The SportsBash with Erik Kuselias after Chris left the show (Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm, 2005-2007) and The SportsBash with John Seibel (January-October 2007), finally SportsNation with John Seibel and Orestes Destrade (to February 2009; occasionally aired under different titles but with same hosts)
  • The Pulse with Doug Gottlieb (Mon-Fri 7-10 pm, 2006-February 2009): Gottlieb moved up to the afternoons to replace SportsNation; Brian Kenny and Football Tonight took over this timeslot.
  • Pardon the Interruption with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon (Mon-Fri, 2001-2004, 2007-2008, 6:30pm-7pm). Edited audio-only version of the D.C.-based ESPN television show, which has aired continuously since 2001. Continues to air on WTEM in D.C. and on WMVP in Wilbon's hometown of Chicago.
  • GameNight (7p-1a to 2006; 10p-2a to 2008): the weeknight version of the network's original program ended in 2008, coinciding with the debut of Football Tonight and the movement of The Pulse with Doug Gottlieb from 7pm-10pm to 8pm-11pm.
  • The Mike Tirico Show/"Tirico and Van Pelt (Mon-Fri 1PM-3PM or 2PM-4PM, 2007-09): Debuted in 2007 with Tirico as host and Van Pelt, Kirk herbstreit and Michelle Tafoya as guest hosts. Became "T&VP" on May 1, 2008, followed by Van Pelt hosting a solo hour at 3. Moved to 2PM-4PM in March 2009 due to the lengthening of The Herd to four hours nationwide; Van Pelt's solo hour ended, but he took over the main show in July 2009 as Tirico left to focus on television.
  • The Stephen A. Smith Show (Mon-Fri 3PM-4PM, 2007-2008) - Smith left the show on April 11, 2008 to concentrate more on television and ESPN the Magazine. SportsNation briefly expanded into the timeslot, with Scott Van Pelt taking over on May 1st, 2008. Smith later left ESPN completely and joined Fox Sports Radio in early 2010.


  • SportsRadio ESPN Sunday Magazine (Sundays 8am-10am, 1994-1998), later ESPN The Magazine with Dan LeBatard (Sun 7am-11am, 1998-2004) and Mark Madden (Sun 8am-11am, 2004-2005) and finally known as Out of Bounds with Mark Madden (Sun 9am-11am, 2005)
  • The Post-Game Locker-Room Report with Jack Arute (Sat–Sun 11pm–2am, 2001–2003)
  • The Doug Karsch Show (Sat, January-August)
  • Weekend GameDay with Mike Schopp (Sat 3-7pm, 2003-2006)
  • AM GameDay (Sat 9-12 pm until 2006)


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