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 additionally streamed online and via mobile applications and additional media devices via TuneIn, and several affiliates and owned stations are additionally available through the service.[2] In 2014, ESPN partnered with TuneIn to create 24/7 streams of its most popular programming including Mike & Mike and SVP & Russillo.[3] 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 additional markets have ESPN Radio affiliates, whether they be part-time or have their entire format dedicated to ESPN Radio. The Walt Disney Company didn't include the ESPN Radio network or the Radio Disney network in the 2007 sale of ABC Radio to Citadel Broadcasting.[4]

History

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.[5]

The network launched as Sports Radio ESPN on January 1, 1992.[6] At first, ESPN Radio broadcast only on weekends.[7] 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.[8]

By 1996, it expanded to weekdays[7] 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 additionally 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. Disney purchased WEVD from the Forward Association in September 2002 to become WEPN, ESPN Radio flagship station.[9]

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.[10][2]

Current programming

Weekday programming[2]

ProgramHost(s)Original Run
SportsCenter AllNightJay Reynolds(2011–present)
First And Last With Lundberg and Golic, Jr.Robin Lundberg and Mike Golic, Jr.(2016–present)
Mike & MikeMike Greenberg and Mike Golic(1998–present)
The Dan Le Batard Show with StugotzDan 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 KanellRyen Russillo & Danny Kanell(2015–present)
The Right Time with Bomani JonesBomani Jones(2015–present)
Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (Monday & Wednesday night games only)Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher(1998–present)
Jalen and JacobyJalen Rose & Dave Jacoby(2015–present)
Jorge and IzzyJorge 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

ProgramHost(s)Original Run
The Sporting LifeJeremy Schaap
SportsCenter AllNightJay Reynolds(2011–present)
Inside the Huddle with John ClaytonJohn Clayton
The Sporting LifeJeremy Schaap
Dari and MelDari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr.(2009–present)
College GamedayRece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack(1987–present)
ESPN Radio College GameDayRyen Russillo, Brad Edwards, Trevor Matich(2006–present)
espnW Presents: The Trifecta with Spain, Jane , and KateSarah 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 McGeeMarty Smith and Ryan McGee(2015–present)
College Football on ESPN Radio (select afternoon games)Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad(2007–present)
Rothenberg & ElhassanDave 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 HoodJeff 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 RadioBill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad(2007–present)
The Robin Lundberg ShowRobin Lundberg(2015–present)

MLB on ESPN Radio most often airs on Saturday afternoon with varied times week to week, those times are most of the time 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

ProgramHost(s)Original Run
SportsCenter AllNightJay Reynolds(2011–present)
Dari and MelDari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr.(2009–present)
Izzy and Amin(2016–present)
Football Sunday on ESPN RadioSean McDonough, Herm Edwards(1993–present)
Football Sunday on ESPN Radio (Sunday doubleheader games only)Bill Rosinski, Shaun O'Hara(1993–present)
Coachman & BretosJonathan 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 RadioJon 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 AllNightJay Reynolds(2011–present)

Seasonal shows

  • ESPN Radio College GameDay (Sat, September–December)
  • NFL on ESPN Radio (Sun, September–February, regular season additionally simulcast on television on ESPN2 as Football Sunday)
  • Fantasy Focus (Sun, September–December, regular season)
  • Baseball Tonight (March–October)
  • Mike Tirico's Weekend Blitz - Pro Football
  • Mike Tirico's Weekend Blitz - College Football
  • The Mort Report with Chris Mortensen
  • NBA Lockdown
  • NBA Lockdown: insiders (Sun, 7-10 PM)

Game broadcasts

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

Daily segments

ESPN Radio Stations

Owned and operated

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MarketStationFrequency
New YorkWEPN-FM*98.7 FM*
Los AngelesKSPN710 AM
ChicagoWMVP1000 AM
BostonWEEI*850 AM*
DallasKESN**103.3 FM**

Affiliated