After two months of audio-only shows, The Paul Finebaum Show (3 – 7 p.m. ET weekdays | SEC Network) and Golic and Wingo (6–10 a.m. weekdays | ESPNEWS and after Korean Baseball Organization games on ESPN2; see sidebar below) return to TV this week from the homes of their respective hosts, thanks in large part to several ESPN employees also working from home.
Last week, the Finebaum team ran tests from home, along with a director working from the Charlotte (N.C.) Production Center. The crew powered through any potential challenges, including a tornado warning and power outages in the Charlotte area on Friday, to get the show ready for TV.
“I’ve never been more blessed to have this job,” Finebaum told Front Row. “These past few months have been the most important and rewarding of my career. Our team here has put its heart and soul into making every day’s program meaningful and memorable.”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 27, 2020
While sports have certainly been on the minds of Finebaum callers, the show purposely hasn’t shied away from the heaviness of this time and the importance of finding hope.
“I don’t really feel comfortable just talking about sports [right now],” Finebaum told The Ringer last month. “To me, that doesn’t seem particularly important at the moment. What’s important is dealing with this every single day…..We’re in a place that we’ve never been before.”
Over the past two months, Finebaum and his production team have welcomed guests and fielded calls from all over the world. Here are a few of the Finebaum team’s favorite moments from the past two months:
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 19, 2020
We put out a request earlier this week for truck drivers to call us … what we didn't expect was a call from a trucker in Germany! "Jeff" wanted us to hear his story, and he explained how other countries are coping with the current issues facing the world.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) March 27, 2020
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 18, 2020