Colin Cowherd Confirms Move To Fox Sports, Radio Show Launching September 8th
August 12, 2015 at 12:09 PM (PT)
COLIN COWHERD confirmed his move to FOX SPORTS in an interview to appear in the AUGUST 21st issue of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, saying that he will be launching his new radio show and FOX SPORTS 1 TV simulcast from the FOX lot in LOS ANGELES' CENTURY CITY in early SEPTEMBER and will likely get a nightly TV show on FS1 as well.
And shortly after the article hit the web, PREMIERE NETWORKS and FOX SPORTS confirmed that COWHERD's "THE HERD" show will debut SEPTEMBER 8th noon-3p (ET) weekdays via FOX SPORTS RADIO and FOX SPORTS 1. COWHERD will also join "FOX NFL KICKOFF," the pre-pre-game football show which is moving from FS1 to the broadcast FOX TV network this FALL, and will be part of the FS1 coverage of the MICHIGAN-UTAH college football season opener on SEPTEMBER 3rd.
In the official release, COWHERD said, “It’s hard to put into words how much fun it is for me, as a broadcaster, to build something with really smart, talented people. I can’t wait for this next chapter in my career to start. FOX SPORTS is the perfect spot for me at this time in my life.”
FOX SPORTS National Networks President JAMIE HOROWITZ said, “COLIN is the first person I hired for my first daily studio show at ESPN (SPORTSNATION, in 2009), so it’s fitting that he’s the first one I’m hiring at FS1. COLIN is a unique voice in sports media with a loyal following of fans, and we’re looking forward to building our daytime programming around him.”
PREMIERE President JULIE TALBOTT said, “COLIN is one of the most powerful and talented personalities in sports media today, and his addition to PREMIERE's lineup demonstrates our continued commitment to reaching diverse audiences with the best talent the industry has to offer. We’re excited to join with FOX SPORTS in bringing COLIN's passionate and engaging brand of sports entertainment to millions of people across multiple platforms. By leveraging our combined reach, we’ll have the opportunity to connect with more sports fans than ever before, while delivering unmatched results for our partners.”
FOX SPORTS RADIO will continue to feed RICH EISEN's show in the same slot as COWHERD's, with affiliates able to opt for either show. On the TV side, the current FS1/FS2 simulcast of MIKE FRANCESA's show with CBS RADIO Sports WFAN-A-F/NEW YORK will move to FS2.
In the THR interview, COWHERD, who departed ESPN last month a week earlier than anticipated after his comments on Dominican baseball players led that network to abruptly drop his radio show and TV simulcast, said that the decision to leave ESPN was his own, citing MIAMI HEAT executive and former coach PAT RILEY's comment that "Every 10 years you should probably change jobs." He said that his choice was to stay at ESPN or "go to a fledgling, young network with an open canvas that is really interested in doing new things." He said that the incident that ended his ESPN tenure was because "I chose my words very poorly. I made a mistake."
And on rumors that he planned to leave sports and do a political show, he said, "It was never factual but it gained traction because I talk about politics. I did interviews with MSNBC and CNN, but there was no traction. Political radio is often angry. I'm not angry. I like to laugh. I want to be funny and interesting and compelling. You have to know what you are and what you're not. And I'm not a politico."
Read an online version of the interview by clicking here.