Tony Kornheiser To Exit WTEM; Launch Podcast
Tony Kornheiser is exiting Red Zebra Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington and simulcasters 92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD and 94.3 WWXX Buckland VA at the end of this month.
Kornheiser has been part of the lineup at WTEM on and off since its launch on 570 in 1992 including during his six year run while syndicated nationally by ESPN Radio. While part of the Monday Night Football booth, his show moved to the short-lived “Washington Post Radio” 1500 WTWP and “3WT” WWWT and XM Satellite Radio in 2007 and 2008. He returned to WTEM for 10am to 12pm in 2010.
After his usual summer hiatus from the radio show, Kornheiser will launch a new podcast in September. He will also continue as the co-host of ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption.
Red Zebra Broadcasting announced today that Washington, D.C. sports radio icon Tony Kornheiser is leaving ESPN 980. Beginning in 1992 as part of WTEM’s original lineup, The Tony Kornheiser Show has entertained the nation’s capital for more than 20 years.
“Tony is a pillar in the Washington, D.C. sports community and we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and thank him for his dedication,” said Terry Bateman, Chairman of Red Zebra Broadcasting.
Kornheiser’s final show on ESPN 980 will air in late June. Red Zebra will announce plans for a new midday show shortly.
“I have loved every minute on the radio at WTEM,” Kornheiser said. “But I felt it was time to pursue a new and appealing challenge. I will be launching a podcast this September. I am excited that this endeavor will allow me to continue to work with so many of the people who have been a part of my radio show for over the past 20 years. But I will miss all of my friends and colleagues at WTEM.”
Boosted by 17 hours of live and local programming, ESPN 980 unveiled its new power-packed lineup on May 2.
ESPN 980 listeners now wake up with The Morning Blitz, hosted by Al Galdi (@AlGaldi), followed by Cooley and Kevin at 7 a.m. with former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan. At 1 p.m., listeners go Inside the Locker Room, featuring former Washington Redskins legends Brian Mitchell (@BMitchLiveCSN) and Rick “Doc” Walker (@RickDocWalker) as well as co-host Scott Jackson (@JacksonSports).
Steve Czaban (@Czabe) and Andy Pollin (@AndyPollin1) and the rebirth of The Sports Reporters hit the airways during drive before Tim Murray (@1TimMurray) and Nick Ashooh (@NickAshooh) cover all of the evening action on DMV Game Time at 7 p.m.
“Following our new broadcast lineup this month, ESPN 980 continues to deliver the most exclusive Washington Redskins breaking news, insider reports, player interviews and game broadcasts,” Bateman said.
ESPN 980, the flagship station of the Washington Redskins Radio Network, will continue to provide live game broadcasts during the 2016 preseason and regular season. The network makes its 2016 debut when the Redskins travel to Atlanta to open the preseason against the Falcons on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m.
Listeners can also enjoy ESPN 980 on 92.7 FM and 94.3 FM in the Washington, D.C. area and globally on the ESPN 980 and official Washington Redskins apps.