Stephen A. Smith’s mouth will now fly via satellite.
ESPN and SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Sports Radio,” made it official Thursday saying Smith will make his “MDR” debut September 2 at 1 p.m.
On July 20, the Daily News first reported Smith, who co-hosts a daily radio show on ESPN 98.7 with Ryan Ruocco, was headed to SXM.
“Words can’t express how excited I am to be going to SiriusXM,” Smith, whose “MDR” show will air weekdays from 1 p.m.-3p.m., said in a statement. “All I’m going to say is Sept. 2 can’t arrive soon enough. So Buckle Up! Because I’m coming.”
Some would suggest SAS bring a seatbelt with him to SXM. Smith is fresh off an ESPN suspension for his polarizing “First Take” rant concerning Ray Rice’s two game suspension following his domestic abuse arrest. Smith implied some women should be blamed for domestic violence.
But in the uncensored world of satellite radio, Smith will be given a lot more freedom to express an opinion that would not play on the terrestrial side.
The fact ESPN is producing Smith’s SXM show, which will originate from the World Wide Leader’s Bristol studio, could help keep a lid on things.
Last May, Chris (Mad Dog) Russo said he was unable to find a black host “who is worthy of doing a national (sports) talk (radio) show.”
His search is officially over.
Read more at the NY Daily News where this story was originally published.