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‘A distinctive, diverse, highly versatile team that would clearly differentiate our content from the rest’

On Aug. 17, ESPN Radio debuts a new lineup. SVP, Production, David Roberts explains how the new programming was created.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, ESPN Radio announced a new weekday sports talk lineup, which will begin Aug. 17. ESPN Senior Vice President, Production, David Roberts, discusses how the new lineup was created.

We have been discussing a variety of new iterations of the ESPN Radio lineup since early 2020. The goal was, through a new approach, to create a distinctive, diverse, highly versatile team that would clearly differentiate our content from the rest, and a lineup reflective of the audience we are committed to serving 24/7.

This process began by comprehensively seeking input from a variety of areas throughout ESPN. Plus, we listened to our key radio affiliate partners who we meet with on a regular basis. There were multiple brainstorming sessions which were a lot of fun and essential to the final team we are so proud to announce today.

David Roberts
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When you look across the entire day, the lineup reflects all the principles we support in the area of diversity. Some of ESPN’s biggest names will be heard throughout the day – underscoring our collective commitment to talent who not only are willing to work hard but also smart. As you see, virtually everyone in this radio lineup is just as visible on television and in the digital space.

Mike Greenberg (Get Up), and Max Kellerman (First Take) will both appear on ESPN Radio every day after their informative, entertaining and successful TV shows end. Dan Le Batard’s impact will continue to extend even further from his radio show to Highly Questionable to his record-setting digital numbers. And in morning drive, we will have Keyshawn Johnson, a premier voice in the NFL, and Jay Williams, a premier voice for NBA and college basketball. Zubin Mehenti is arguably one of the most knowledgeable people covering sports. And he will be like having a producer on air.

I’m also extremely excited about Chiney Ogwumike and Mike Golic Jr. They are relevant, youthful, energetic and committed to being the very best. Chiney is the first African-American woman on network sports talk radio Monday-Friday in the country. It’s a testament to her talent and unlimited potential. I’m also thrilled that the critically important voices of Sarah Spain, Jason Fitz, Freddie Coleman and Ian Fitzsimmons will continue to have a national platform weeknights on ESPN Radio.

Needless to say, I’m extremely excited about this team as we prepare for the next chapter of ESPN Radio.

ESPN Radio’s new lineup debuts Aug. 17.
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