Tirico Exits ESPN Radio's 'Tirico And Van Pelt'
May 19, 2009 at 7:04 AM (PT)
ESPN RADIO midday 2-4p ET "TIRICO AND VAN PELT" co-host MIKE TIRICO is exiting the show, which becomes "THE SCOTT VAN PELT SHOW" on JULY 6th. VAN PELT will be joined by RYEN RUSSILLO on the show, the second hour of which will be simulcast on ESPN2; TIRICO will continue on ESPN TV and will host a weekly two-hour college and pro football show on ESPN RADIO FRIDAYS 7-9p ET 22 weeks during the year.
"MIKE TIRICO is one of the industry's best and a trusted voice for fans," said EVP, Production NORBY WILLIAMSON. "A great thing about ESPN is the many existing and new opportunities available for his talents across TV, radio and beyond. On top of that, SCOTT VAN PELT has become a major radio presence and will continue to provide listeners with his informed perspective and entertaining flair."
TIRICO said, "These two years on the radio show have been awesome. Working with SCOTT and the rest of our show crew has made it fun to do every day. I look forward to the new television opportunities and the privilege of working two of the world’s most prestigious sporting events. While the schedule will not permit me to do the daily radio grind, I am very excited to continue my long association with ESPN RADIO and will be a loyal listener at 2p Eastern every weekday."
"Clearly the show will miss MIKE, and I am indebted to him for including me initially," said VAN PELT. "That said, I am really fired up to get the chance to work with RYEN. He knows as much as anyone in the building about sports and we also have a lot in common aside from our love of sports which I am sure we will explore on air."
Cowherd, Beadle Get TV Show, Too
ESPN RADIO "THE HERD" host COLIN COWHERD will also be adding TV duties, co-hosting a new daily show, "SPORTSNATION," based on the ESPN.COM section of the same name. The show, co-hosted by ESPN Sports WEPN-A (1050 ESPN)/NEW YORK afternoon anchor MICHELLE BEADLE, debuts JULY 6th on ESPN2 after VAN PELT's simulcast hour.