Brian Kenny To Get His Own ESPN Radio Show

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'll always have an affinity for ESPN's Brian Kenny because he mentioned the website on Sports Center, and I think he's raking of Steve Phillips over the coals was hilarious, so I'm all for the anchor getting his own radio show. The only problem is that ESPN has changed lineups more times than I can remember, and they're doing so again. Via ESPN PR....

Brian Kenny, SportsCenter anchor and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights host, will host the network’s weeknight 8-10 p.m. ET slot starting February 2. Also that day, The Pulse with Doug Gottlieb will move from its present 7-10 p.m. weeknight slot to 4-7 p.m. and be renamed The Doug Gottlieb Show. Football Tonight will continue 7-8 p.m. followed by an expanded ESPN live news and information block, which will now run 10 p.m.-1 a.m. and feature information-based programming including Baseball Tonight, Football Tonight and SportsCenter. AllNight with Jason Smith remains 1-5 a.m. See Schedule Changes Below.

“We believe this new programming philosophy is designed to serve sports fans better,” said Mo Davenport, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN Radio. “The overall strategy is to focus on strong personality-driven sports content between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., followed from 7 p.m. through 6 a.m. by play-by-play events, complimentary programming surrounding major events, and ESPN sports specific content and SportsCenter.”
As long as they get Steve Phillips on Kenny's show on a regular basis, so Kenny can yell at him and call him an idiot....I'm all in. Here's the new lineup in case you're interested.

SportsCenter (5-6am)
Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10am)
The Herd with Colin Cowherd (10-1pm)
Tirico & Van Pelt (1-3pm)
Scott Van Pelt Show (3-4pm)
The Doug Gottlieb Show (4-7pm)
Football Tonight (7-8pm)
The Brian Kenny Show (8-10pm)
ESPN live news and info block (10pm-1am)
AllNight with Jason Smith (1-5am)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 11:21 AM


Good decision, in my opinion. The afternoon show with John Seibel and Orestes Destrade was borderline unlistenable. This way I'm actually interested in every show that's on during times that I would listen. Well, except for the Michelle Tafoya..errr...Tirico and Van Pelt show.

Todd said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:28:00 AM  

I'm fine with anything as long as it means less Erik Kuselias.

GMoney said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:40:00 AM  

Kenny cohosted with Max Kellerman on NYC's ESPN affiliate for awhile and was very solid. The two have been friends forever so the chemistry was there. The couple days he did solo acts he was also good. All around I think it's a good move by ESPN.

Simon said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:52:00 AM  

i still like Kuselias, and I know I'm the only one...

but like Todd said above, anything that gets Destrada and Seibel off the air is a good thing. They seem like great guys and all, but I could not listen to their show for more than a few minutes. Something about Seibel's radio voice just grates on me (i dont mind him so much on ESPNEWS) and Destrada had nothing relevant to add to the convo 99 out of 100 times.

in the end, good move by ESPN.

Bryan Allain said...
Jan 15, 2009, 11:57:00 AM  

why is Doug Gottlieb getting his own 3 hour block? Is one hour every night going to be dedicated to credit card theft?

Alex said...
Jan 15, 2009, 12:22:00 PM  

ESPN Radio, now if you could work on getting rid of that 10am-1pm show...

Jan 15, 2009, 1:03:00 PM  

Alex, don't look at Gottlieb getting the 4-7 shift as a reward. At most ESPN affiliates, that block is covered by the local drivetime show. Gottlieb will be on fewer ESPN affiliates in that time than his old time.

Scott said...
Jan 15, 2009, 1:19:00 PM  

@Rick James Bible Owner- if only we were that lucky. Unfortunately, he's gonna be around longer than most of us would like, plus he's getting his own tv show later this year.

cfaddct said...
Jan 15, 2009, 1:20:00 PM  

My God, that is more Doug Gottlieb than anyone should have to suffer with

Matt Barnes said...
Jan 15, 2009, 1:24:00 PM  

That photo with Bert Sugar was hilarious.

Brad James said...
Jan 15, 2009, 1:45:00 PM  

1070 is Indy is reporting that Cowherd is moving to the Tirico show slot starting March 16 - tape delay, or a further change to the change?

lambertman said...
Jan 15, 2009, 3:19:00 PM  

glad to see seibel go. That dude is nothing more than a catchphrase machine. I wish Kuselias was coming back cause I actually liked his show but oh well. I don't even listen to espn radio anymore. Local sportscasters ftw.

Patrick said...
Jan 15, 2009, 8:00:00 PM  

Interesting ... ESPN radio used to have 'personality' and now has cross representation. The fascinating thing:listen to any radio then listen to an ESPN show where everything is underwritten. GAH.
I like Kuselias, and don't like Siebel. Gottlieb is better. But, because they put such a poor product in that time slot since sending EK to Nascar Now for a year (GAH) they lost a lot there. Maybe Gottlieb can pull some back.

Boatdrinks said...
Jan 15, 2009, 10:49:00 PM  

I still remember Doug Brown hosting Gameday a LONG time ago.

mark said...
Jan 16, 2009, 2:47:00 AM  

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