– David Roberts, VP,
ESPN Network Audio Content
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show will move into the 10 a.m.–1 p.m. ET time slot from their 4-7 p.m. ET berth. The new Russillo & Kanell [co-hosts Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell] program debuted Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. Vice President, Network Audio Content, David Roberts, discusses the continuing evolution of the ESPN Radio lineup.
Why is The Dan Le Batard Show a good fit for 10 a.m.?
Dan is the perfect choice for this time slot. He’s a smart, strong journalist, and truly understands that we are in the business of being interesting. Because of the show’s unique approach, fans will enjoy listening to Dan and Stugotz [co-host Jon Weiner], who will both surprise and delight by never becoming predictable. They are both dedicated to being the best every single day. The show has already proven to be clearly refreshing, and we are confident it will continue to grow this crucial day part, the morning drive on the West Coast.
New 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. shows – what is the strategy behind the new lineup?
The goal is simple: Put the very best talent on air who are distinctive, dynamic and diverse and who come to the table each day with exemplary preparation, strong fact-based opinions with a relentless commitment to inform, entertain, and make sports fans want more of the content, no matter the platform. Russillo & Kanell and The Dan Le Batard Show are excellent enhancements to an already strong team.
Why is Mike & Mike the quintessential morning show?
Mike & Mike [Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic] have been setting the agenda for morning sports talk [drive time] across the country for 16 years. That will continue because the entire show team works together to make sure this franchise is leading, not following. Greeny and Golic are proven winners. Both are always looking for new ways to make the on-air product stronger. That will be clearly evident this fall and beyond.
The weekend lineup is all football talk and games. What is the thinking?
It simply makes strategic sense to own football across all audio platforms. Adding Dari & Mel [co-hosts Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper] to Sunday mornings [in addition to their regular Saturday morning slot] provides fans a payoff to college football Saturdays’ biggest games. And for four hours Sunday mornings, the Fantasy Focus marathon from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. truly ensures that ESPN Radio will be a destination for fans making final decisions on their fantasy teams. The entire weekend features the most comprehensive commitment to football talk and play-by-play on radio anywhere.
What is next for the ESPN Radio weekday lineup?
There are significant announcements still to come regarding the overall lineup. Bottom line – we will make sure that our best talent and efforts are serving sports fans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Stay tuned.