ESPN Radio Moving on from Mike Golic and Trey Wingo
Golic, the former co-host of "Mike & Mike," started on ESPN Radio more than 20 years ago
On Tuesday, ESPN Radio revealed a new weekday radio lineup which will be debuting next month on August 17. For the first time since the network launched on radiowaves in 1998, former National Football League defensive lineman Mike Golic was not a part of it.
Golic, the former co-host of Mike & Mike with Mike Greenberg, is currently hosting a morning show alongside ESPN veteran Trey Wingo. That show was not part of the revamped radio lineup, meaning both Golic and Wingo, who have contracts that expire at the end of the year, are out at ESPN Radio.
Lots of changes announced today, but ESPN Radio won't be the same without @espngolic, who started w/ the network in October 1998. That's thousands of mornings, interviews, stories, road shows, friendly wagers – and, yes, donuts. There's a reason Mike is a Hall of Famer. pic.twitter.com/j2nPCEAlVF
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) July 7, 2020
ESPN will replace Golic & Wingo, which will air for the last time at the end of this month, with a new show co-hosted by the trio of Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti.
ESPN also announced that Greenberg, who is and will continue to be the host of Get Up! on television, will return to ESPN radio with an afternoon show. “In radio there is an intimacy in the relationship with the audience that is different from any other medium,” Greenberg said. “I have always enjoyed that and am really looking forward to rediscovering it.”
His program will be followed by a new program hosted by Max Kellerman of First Take fame. Then, WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike and Golic’s son Mike Golic Jr. will close out the day with their new show Chiney and Golic Jr.
“Our new lineup will provide sports fans informative and engaging content throughout the week from hosts who all have radio experience,” said ESPN executive VP Norby Williamson. “They know how to connect with fans and keep them invested in the programming. Our listeners will hear diverse perspectives on key topics from some of the most talented, knowledgeable and contemporary voices in the industry.”
As Andrew Marchand of The New York Post points out, Golic’s impending departure is worth taking note of.
“For two decades, the mornings meant Mike & Mike. They were the stalwarts,” he writes. “Now, it is neither Mike nor Mike. It is true not everyone likes Applebee’s, but it is hard to work in so many markets. They did it. It is the end of an era.”
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