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Finebaum, SEC Ambassador, Returns To Radio Today

PrintAfter a month-long publicity push on ESPN’s television properties, Paul Finebaum will make his debut on ESPN’s radio arm this afternoon.  The long-time, controversial host went off the air six months ago and waited out a non-compete clause before launching his new show, which will be regionally-syndicated under the ESPN Radio brand.

A simulcast of Finebaum’s show is already scheduled to become the anchor program for the SEC Network when it launches in August of 2014.  In fact, ESPN unveiled the logo for Finebaum’s new show (at left) and it has the SEC logo built right into it.  If the SEC has a media ambassador, it’s now Paul Finebaum.

The host has made a career of turning his show over to mostly Alabama-based callers who wage the Alabama/Auburn war over the phone lines each day.  A number of his regular callers have become “radio personalities” due to their extreme opinions and vocal schtick.  Many of those who religiously listened to Finebaum’s old show did so to have a laugh at the characters dialing in and ranting.

While we don’t necessarily think Finebaum’s callers help put the South’s best foot forwardand therefore might not be the best choice for an SEC television channel hoping to grab a national foothold — the host himself plans to pick up right where he left off:

 

“I feel like the callers have been incredibly loyal in the absence of the show, and I feel like it should be their day.  That’s my goal.”

 

Scott Masteller, the senior director of content for ESPN Radio agrees.  “When people tune in, it’s going to be pretty much what they’re used to hearing,” he told Al.com.  “Paul has had great success, a great track record.  We are all very ecstatic and about him joining the company.”

To hear the show you might have to do a little searching.  ESPN has not officially announced which stations will be carrying the radio program, though Cumulus has signed a deal for the show’s “terrestrial radio distribution” rights.  There’s still no word on a satellite distribution plan.

Finebaum is an intelligent, funny host.  Our only wish is that his show featured more opinions from him and his guests, as opposed to over-the-top, lengthy rants from listeners.  But then — as so many Finebaum fans have told us in the past — we don’t get the joke.

 


8 comments
gregpomeroy1
gregpomeroy1

Strange how most of the people who don't like Paul never listen to his show.  The crazy callers, and there really are only a few, are just comic relief.  What makes Paul great is this:  if a caller isn't entertaining or making a really good point, he cuts them off and goes right to the next caller.  99% of sports talk hosts could learn a lot from that..  You may be on the air for 5 hours in the afternoon, but my drive home is only 25 minutes and I want to hear something INTERESTING.

saber1234
saber1234

Hoping I had heard the last of him. No quality at all.. Pathetic ESPN.. Will listen to Fox, and CBS

Bootheel
Bootheel

It is an Alabama freak show.  How they expect it to garner even regional popularity is beyond me.  Finebaum is usually pompous and repeats his one liners incessantly.  Listening to his show is radio voyeurism.  I suspect I'll stick with Mark Packer on XM and pass up Finebuam now that there is an alternative.

Tusk
Tusk

The decline of western civilization.

StanTxAg
StanTxAg

I don't know, I'll have to take your word that he's capable of being more than an Alabama homer.  Personally, I think he's made a complete ass of himself in the Manziel coverage.  His great, insightful comments on everything he heard someone else report was aweful.  SEC media days he just couldn't let it go.  I've never even heard him mention Arkansas, the Mississippi schools or anyone from the East.  We'll see I guess.

Bootheel
Bootheel

@gregpomeroy1   Sorry, but I listened to him all last summer and through football season.  If it did not involve Nick Saban or Alabama Crimson Tide it is relegated to the back burner.  Strictly parochial.  He cuts the "regulars" off when it is easy for him to make them look dumb, but not before they have already done it to themselves. He uses Daryl and Tammy for his own profit.  That is just arrogant.  He plays them.  His "take" on the SEC is loaded with Alabama and West end bias.   I think he is useless and am sorry that ESPN even considered him as a spokesperson for the SEC.  A pompous, arrogant little twit that if most people he criticized or made fun of got a hold of his neck they would twist his bulbous head off.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@StanTxAg 

He stated a year or two ago that Arkansas and South Carolina should be kicked from the conference.  He's ripped just about everyone at one time or another, though Alabama does seem to get a bit more of a pass.

John

gregpomeroy1
gregpomeroy1

@Bootheel @gregpomeroy1 Having listened to him for years, I've never found him biased or arrogant.  I've found him straight forward and intelligent.  It's fashionable to hate him and he's not everyone's cup of tea,  but he's 10 times more interesting than your average sports radio host.

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