Scott Van Pelt, anchor on ESPN’s late-night “SportsCenter” television program, is adding a second podcast to his duties. The former ESPN Radio host’s new weekly podcast is called SVPod. “My love of radio was well-documented, and this is as close as I am likely to find for the time being,” said Van Pelt.
It is the second podcast move for Van Pelt who last June reunited with his former ESPN Radio partner Ryen Russillo to create the SVP & Russillo podcast. But that show ended just two months later. It had been a familiar pairing since the two men hosted afternoons on ESPN Radio from 2009 to 2015 when Van Pelt jumped to “Sports Center” duties on the network’s cable channel. Russillo left radio in 2017 and he now hosts the The Ryen Russillo Show podcast for the company. In a Twitter post Van Pelt said he is having discussions with Russillo about which segments in their former show were proprietary, telling followers that most of the “good stuff” had likely been created by his former partner.
On the new SVPod, Van Pelt will frequently be joined by “Stanford” Steve Coughlin who co-hosts the “Bad Beats” segment on “SportsCenter.” ESPN says the podcast will feature long-form interviews and commentary.
“As much as I enjoy the ‘SportsCenter’ show we get to do at midnight, it doesn’t always provide the time and space for all I want to get to,” said Van Pelt. “I look at interviews we had with Patrick Beverley, Matthew McConaughey or Rakim as examples of times when the conversation was so interesting to me that it went on far beyond what we had room for on TV. Obviously, a podcast allows as much leeway as we’d like. To take the deeper dives with guests and flush out topics that matter will be fun.”
SVPod will debut Tuesday, Jan. 14 and will run 30 to 45 minutes.
“Scott has always had a great connection with his audience, on TV or on radio, which is all the more critical in a podcast format,” said Tom Ricks, Vice President of Digital Marketing and Strategy at ESPN Audio. “The audience will enjoy his interview style and his insightful thoughts on the biggest stories and most interesting people in sports.”