It’s the end of an era at ESPN as the network shakes up its radio schedule and ushers out one of its longest-tenured and best-known hosts.
Mike Golic’s flagship morning show with Trey Wingo, “Golic & Wingo,” is being canceled amid a reshuffling of the ESPN Radio schedule, ESPN announced on Tuesday The syndicated show, which runs from 6-10 a.m. daily ET and is simulcast on ESPN2, will broadcast its final episode at the end of July.
Golic, 57, has been a morning radio staple for 20 years. He jumped into broadcasting following the end of his NFL career in 1993, landing at ESPN in 1998. He and Mike Greenberg hosted the famous “Mike & Mike” morning show from 2000 until 2017, when the duo broke up following reports that the two were no longer on speaking terms. Wingo replaced Greenberg and the show returned as “Golic & Wingo” in November 2017, but it was never the same.
Greenberg is returning to ESPN Radio as part of a new lineup of shows. Golic’s future at ESPN is unknown. The New York Post reported that his contract is up at the end of 2020 and Richard Dietsch of The Athletic says that his future with the network is “TBD.”
For those interested given ESPN Radio changes:
Mike Golic remains under contract with the company. ESPN says his future assignments are TBD.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 7, 2020
While it’s unclear if Golic will continue at ESPN, his time on ESPN Radio appears to be over. Many of his friends, fans and colleagues paid tribute to his legendary run following Tuesday’s announcement.
Lots of changes announced today, but ESPN Radio won't be the same without @espngolic, who started w/ the network in October 1998. That's thousands of mornings, interviews, stories, road shows, friendly wagers - and, yes, donuts. There's a reason Mike is a Hall of Famer. pic.twitter.com/j2nPCEAlVF
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) July 7, 2020
Back when I worked at Espn Radio my cubicle was next to Mike Golic.
Often after doing early morning radio he would stick around to do NFL shows later in the day. He needed to recharge.
He would lay down on the carpet and use the lesser-used recycling can as a pillow. Respect. pic.twitter.com/Pd9xdUC2re
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) July 8, 2020
Mike Golic is one of the most important people in the history of sports-talk radio. https://t.co/06nLOmhAgb
— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) July 8, 2020
Player, coach, analyst, commentator and, most importantly, dad.
Mike Golic has done it all for the game and we're proud to call him a friend.
We'll miss starting our days with you, Mike. pic.twitter.com/t8jLMWz4QF
— USA Football 🇺🇸🏈 (@USAFootball) July 8, 2020
When you do something for 23 years and You do it at the highest level really it’s not much to say other than you’re “ONE OF THE BEST TO EVER DO IT” ladies and Gentlemen I give you @espngolic
— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) July 8, 2020
Just hearing about @espngolic Because of him, I had a nat’l radio show on @ESPN. We weren’t super close & only did a few NFL show together but HE is the one who suggested to execs I fill in for Greeny one morning & the rest is history. I will FOREVER be grateful.
— Mike Hill (@ItsMikeHill) July 8, 2020
Thank you @espngolic for always treating me with respect from the first time I set foot on the set of Mike and Mike, to the last time we talked on Golic and Wingo. A true pro. 👊🏾
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) July 8, 2020
Shoutout to @espngolic on a legendary run on ESPN radio brother. I appreciate u welcoming me on your show some 9 yrs ago. Always was a pleasure to be on with you 👊🏿
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) July 7, 2020
“Golic & Wingo” is being replaced by “Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin,” with former New York Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson, former NBA guard Jay Williams and “SportsCenter” host Zubin Mehenti. ESPN also announced that Dan Le Batard’s popular show is being trimmed from three to two hours, to be followed by three new afternoon shows: “The Mike Greenberg Show,” “The Max Kellerman Show,” and “Chiney and Golic Jr.,” with Chiney Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and Golic’s son, Mike Golic Jr. All new shows will premiere Aug. 17.
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