ESPN Radio will begin offering Paul Finebaum’s daily afternoon show nationally in August.
Currently offered regionally in the southeast, the program is also carried by the SEC Network cable channel whose studios in Charlotte the program originates in. Prior to joining SEC Network at its launch in 2014, Finebaum was a newspaper columnist and long-time local personality in the Birmingham market. He began self-syndicating his program in 2001 with ESPN taking over the regional operation in 2013 in partnership with Cumulus. Now ESPN will take over full control of the syndication.
As part of his new deal with the network, ESPN Radio will make the 3-7pm eastern show available nationwide as an alternative to its regular programming.
Beginning August 12, 2016, ESPN Radio will syndicate The Paul Finebaum Show. Hosted by noted journalist and radio voice Paul Finebaum, the four-hour daily radio program airs every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m. ET, showcases Finebaum’s compelling opinions and deep knowledge of the Southeastern Conference, as well as his interactions with his passionate callers, many of whom have followed him for years.
“Paul is one of the most compelling talents in all of talk – not just sports,” said Tim McCarthy, senior vice president, ESPN Radio Group. “His passion and credibility with his audience is second to none. We’re pleased to offer our network of affiliate stations The Paul Finebaum Show as part of our slate of programming.”
The Paul Finebaum Show launched on ESPN Radio on August 12, 2013, and can be heard on ESPN affiliates throughout the country. The program debuted on SiriusXM in November 2013, and since August 2014, The Paul Finebaum Show has been simulcast on the SEC Network.
The Paul Finebaum Show travels alongside SEC Nation during the football season, airing from various SEC campuses throughout the fall. The show has set up shop in 20 different locations since launching as a studio show at SEC Network’s Charlotte, N.C., headquarters, including a South Carolina women’s basketball game, the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Regions Tradition Pro-Am golf tournament and the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla.
Finebaum is a longtime sports talk radio host known by many as the leading sports authority in the South and the “Voice of the SEC.” He joined ESPN in August 2013 as host of the The Paul Finebaum Show. In addition to hosting The Paul Finebaum Show, he appears on a variety of other ESPN shows and outlets, including SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine.