ESPN Radio sets new lineup for 2018

ESPN Radio has announced the new lineup it will debut in 2018.

(All times Eastern)

6 – 10 am Golic and Wingo
10 am – 1 pm Dan Le Batard
1 – 3 pm Stephen A. Smith
3 – 6 pm Ryen Rusillo and Will Cain
6 – 9 pm Sarah Spain and Jason Fritz
9 pm – 1 am Freddie Coleman and Ian Fitzsimmons
1 – 4 am SportsCenter All Night
4 – 6 am Mike Golic Jr.

Twins baseball returning to WCCO

After 11 years away from WCCO AM 830, Minnesota Twins games are returning to the station on which they aired for 46 years.

Cory Provus and Dan Gladden are expected to continue calling the games.

The Twins have aired on Go 96.3 FM since 2013. For the six years prior to that, games were heard on ESPN 1500.

Sapienza new PD at The Fan in Baltimore

Chuck Sapienza is the new Program Director at 105.7 The Fan In Baltimore.

Sapienza brings a wealth of experience in the local market. He’s a former PD at ESPN 980. Most recently, he’s been the executive producer of the Navy Football Radio Network.

Champion likely to host SportsNation

It looks like Cari Champion will be taking on a new role at ESPN. According to The Big Lead, the current Sports Center Coast to Coast host is the choice to succeed Michelle Beadle on SportsNation.

Beadle is leaving for ESPN’s new morning program featuring Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose.

A deal with Champion has not yet been finalized.

WFAN makes new lineup official

After months of speculation, WFAN in New York City has made official the additions to its sports talk lineup.

Gregg Giannotti is the new morning co-host, alongside Boomer Esiason. Chris Carlin, Bart Scott and Maggie Gray will host afternoons.

The announcements were made this morning on Esiason’s show.

WIP juggles lineup to replace Carlin

Big props to WIP in Philadelphia. Following Chris Carlin’s departure to WFAN, WIP has stayed in-house to fill-out its lineup.

Nighttime host Jon Marks is joining Ike Reese in Carlin’s afternoon slot. And, in the coolest part of the story, a part-time is being rewarded with a full-time gig as Joe Giglio takes over evenings.

Skipper agrees to contract extension

In recent years, President John Skipper has led ESPN through one of its most difficult eras. Now he is being rewarded. Skipper has reportedly earned an extension through 2021.

Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead was the first to report this story.

Carlin appears heading to WFAN

It appears that Chris Carlin is heading back to WFAN in New York. The New York Daily News reports that Carlin will leave his afternoon show on WIP Philadelphia to return to replace Mike Francesa.

The Daily News report says Carlin will be joined by ESPN New York co-host Bart Scott and Maggie Gray of CSB Sports Radio.

Francesa’s last day is December 15th.

Groat cutting back on Pitt hoops schedule

Veteran Pitt Panthers basketball radio analyst Dick Groat is reducing his schedule this season.

Groat, whose been part of Panthers broadcasts for 38 seasons, will no longer work a full schedule of road games.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that ex-Panthers player Curtis Aiken will fill-in when Groat is off the air.