Always a family man first, Mike Golic ended his 22-year run hosting mornings for ESPN Radio Friday morning, surrounded by family for the final hour of his program as he broadcast his last show from the basement of his home.
It was the final day of the “Golic and Wingo” show, which succeeded the long-running “Mike and Mike” show. ESPN Radio debuts a new lineup on Aug. 17 featuring “Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin” debuting in morning drive.
“There is nobody who is as important than who is sitting right here,” Golic said of his family, including Mike Golic, Jr. who has followed in his father’s footsteps and will co-host afternoons as part of a new ESPN Radio lineup. “Even when we turn off the mics, you still get to be our dad,” the younger Golic said. Attempting to hold back tears, he continued, “When Mike and Mike became a phenomenon and there was so much that came along with that, you always made sure it was about us and you always made sure that you were around for the stuff that we did… and it meant so much.”
The senior Golic spoke about the end of his two-plus decade run in mornings with ESPN’s Sarah Spain earlier this week, saying in both instances – when Mike Greenberg left for ESPN TV and now the dissolution of “Golic and Wingo” – he was caught off guard.
“I wouldn’t say it is easier because both times, it wasn’t my choice. I might have been caught off guard on both of them in all honesty. I didn’t think ‘Mike & Mike’ should have ended, and I didn’t think this should have ended,” he said, according to USA Today. “While I say I wanted to keep going, I compared it to being cut by the Houston Oilers and Miami Dolphins; I don’t think it was the right move, but there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Holding back tears himself, Golic signed off of ESPN Radio on Friday, July 31 saying “Thank you all.”