ESPN Radio Completes Weekday Lineup Revamp
ESPN Radio has completed the revamping of its weekday lineup following the move of Dan Le Batard into the 10am-1pm slot previously held by Colin Cowherd.
“The Right Time” hosted by Bomani Jones, which has aired from 9-11pm Eastern since its debut in March will move to the 4-7pm slot. The Grantland.com podcast hosted by former NBA star Jalen Rose and David Jacoby will become a daily radio show in the 7-9pm slot based at the Grantland offices in Los Angeles. Rose will continue to co-host ESPN’s NBA Countdown, while Jacoby serves as producer of all of Grantland’s audio and video content.
Jorge Sedano, who had held the 7-9pm slot solo since the exit of co-host Mark Schlereth in March, will move to 9-11pm with a new co-host. Former Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter Jen Lada will join Sedano for “Jorge & Jen”.
The new daily ESPN Radio lineup as of September 28 is:
6 – 10 am Mike & Mike
10 am – 1 pm The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz
1 – 4 pm Russillo & Kanell
4 – 7 pm The Right Time with Bomani Jones
7 – 9 pm Jalen & Jacoby
9 – 11 pm Jorge & Jen
11 pm – 2 am The Freddie Coleman Show
2 – 6 am SportsCenter All Night with Jay Reynolds
ESPN Radio will debut an enhanced weekday lineup on Monday, Sept. 28, with current show The Right Time with Bomani Jones moving to 4 – 7 p.m. ET and new program Jalen & Jacoby launching in the 7 – 9 p.m. slot.
Jalen & Jacoby, hosted by ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose and Grantland writer, podcaster and senior producer David Jacoby, will launch as a national ESPN Radio show after premiering in 2011 as a Grantland podcast and will broadcast out of the Grantland studio in Los Angeles. The show highlights the chemistry between Rose and Jacoby as they break down the latest news in sports and pop culture with humor, intelligence and perspective that only a former NBA star and long-time ESPN producer can provide.
“Bomani, Jalen and David are all rising stars in the audio space,” said Mo Davenport, senior vice president, ESPN Audio. “They appeal to a young demographic and their followings in the digital space are phenomenal. Adding them to our already impressive stable of ESPN Radio hosts gives us a powerful and diverse weekday lineup.”
Jones has contributed to ESPN as a writer and commentator for close to a decade. He became a fulltime co-host of Highly Questionable, televised on ESPN weekdays at 4:30 p.m., in May 2013, and had previously appeared regularly on ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show. Jones will continue to co-host Highly Questionable.
“Moving to an earlier time slot is certainly a show of confidence from ESPN that I appreciate,” said Jones. “I look forward to sharing what we do at night with a larger audience. I’m also looking forward to getting off work at 7 rather than 11!”
Rose, a former NBA star who joined ESPN in 2007, is a regular contributor to the network’s NBA coverage and is a studio analyst on the Kia NBA Countdown show. He will continue in his role on Countdown. Jacoby joined ESPN in 1999 as an intern, then went on to create and produce several ESPN shows, including SportsNation, and has been responsible for developing and producing all of Grantland’s audio and video content since the launch of the site in 2011.
“We truly appreciate the opportunity to GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT five days a week on our new ESPN radio show,” said Rose. “After winning the Academy of Podcasters Awards in July for best sports podcast this year, our fans can expect a radio show like no other.”
Added Jacoby: “Jalen and I are flattered by this opportunity and we will continue to do what has made our podcast successful, being utterly unfiltered and unprofessional. I can promise we will have fun and I can promise that we will do everything in our power to entertain and educate our audience. I can’t promise that Jalen won’t sing. The guy really likes to sing.”
All programs will be available nationally on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.
Jorge & Jen, hosted by ESPN Radio current host Jorge Sedano and newcomer Jen Lada, will be broadcast weekday evenings from 9 – 11 p.m. ET beginning Monday, Sept. 28.
“ESPN Radio’s revamped lineup is incredibly compelling, filled with dynamic, energetic hosts with distinct voices and from a wide variety of backgrounds,” said Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN business divisions. “Listeners will find opinions, news and humor across all our Audio platforms.”
Sedano, with more than 15 years of radio broadcast experience, hosted Sedano & Stink alongside Mark Schlereth when he joined ESPN in 2013 until March 2015. Since then, he has hosted The Sedano Show (7-9 p.m.). Prior to joining ESPN, he served as program director and afternoon host at Sports Radio WQAM in Miami. Sedano also served as studio host for Fox’s Sun Sports telecasts of the Miami Heat in 2012-13.
Since joining ESPN earlier this year, Lada has made guest host appearances on a variety of ESPN Radio and television shows. A Chicago native with more than a decade of broadcasting experience, Lada was an anchor and reporter in the Chicago area for Comcast SportsNet, covering professional Chicago sports. She also worked as a reporter and anchor for WITI-TV in Milwaukee and WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill.
The program will be available nationally on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.