Good Karma Brands is celebrating the 22-year ESPN Radio career of Mike Golic with “22 Hours of Golic” on the company’s ESPN-branded stations in Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Madison and West Palm Beach.
Golic will host his final morning show on Friday, July 31 ahead of the Aug. 17 launch of a new on-air lineup on ESPN Radio’s national network. The “22 Hours of Golic” began 8am (ET) Thursday and runs through Friday at 6am, when “Golic and Wingo” begin their final morning broadcast. The special programming will include memories and audio highlights of Golic’s two-plus-decade run on the national sports radio network, along with videos, photos and additional content online.
Golic joined “The Really Big Show” with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer on “850 ESPN” WKNR Cleveland Thursday morning and was scheduled to appear on “ESPN 1000” WMVP Chicago Thursday afternoon with “Waddle and Silvy.” Chicago was the first market to carry Golic’s morning show, which he initially hosted with Tony Bruno and then with Mike Greenberg for 17 years.
Greenberg, who is returning to ESPN Radio for a two-hour program as part of the new lineup, fondly saluted his former co-host on his ESPN TV morning show “Get Up.” Greenberg called Golic “the voice of sports in the morning in America.” He recalled Golic as a man who put family first at all times, something Greenberg said helped him when he became a father himself. “That is more important than all the donuts he ate, all the presidents we met, all the times we went on Letterman, and all the Halls of Fame that we are in, combined,” Greenberg said in the clip posted to the show’s Twitter account.
He also recognized Golic as a groundbreaker, being the first athlete who successfully moved from being an analyst to a host. Greenberg said when they started, former professional players and coaches were thought only as personalities and not hosts. “Mike was a football player and he offered opinions on other sports and he was accepted doing that,” Greeny continued. “As a result, he didn’t just open the door for others, he built the one. There was no door before he came along. Mike Golic has changed the game for the hundreds of athletes that followed in his footsteps.”