Pat McAfee, the former NFL punter-turned podcaster and standup comedian, is making the leap from podcaster to broadcaster. McAfee has struck a deal with Westwood One to launch a
Monday-to-Friday sports talk program will air from 10am-12pm ET. The radio show will also feature a video simulcast on DAZN, the global sports streaming platform. As part of the deal he’ll move his The Pat McAfee Show 2.0 podcast to Westwood One Podcast Network and expand its distribution from two podcasts a week to three. The network says the Heartland podcast he developed for Barstool Sports will also be moving to the Westwood One Podcast Network.
“Some of my earliest and fondest memories are with my dad in the car listening to WDVE in the morning in Pittsburgh. I believe that’s when my affinity for talk radio truly began,” said McAfee. “When I got to college, at the prestigious WVU, I applied to work at the university radio station in hopes to become a voice in the community. The scheduling didn’t work out but I always knew I wanted to be a radio guy.”
McAfee, who played in two Pro Bowls during his eight-year NFL career for the Indianapolis Colts, was a frequent guest on the syndicated “Bob and Tom Show” saying he knew he had “arrived” in Indy when the iHeartMedia classic rock “Q-95” WFBQ-based morning show invited him on the air. “It was love at first opportunity,” said McAfee. “I knew that no matter where my life would go, talk radio was going to be a passion for me. It’s a special intimate bond between the host(s) and listener that is impossible to duplicate in other avenues of entertainment.”
While he waited for the radio opportunity to arrive, McAfee became a podcaster with a show that included his observations and interviews with friends, former and current players, coaches and other personalities. The Pat McAfee Show 2.0 typically gets more than 225,000 downloads per episode. Earlier this year, McAfee also launched his own stand-up comedy tour, playing to sold out crowds at every venue.
Westwood One says McAfee’s style and reputation for having no filter while still being relatable and refreshing will be a good fit for broadcast radio. “Pat McAfee is exactly what sports media needs right now,” said network President Suzanne Grimes. “He’s played at the highest level with power and passion. He exudes energy. He can relate to the greatest athletes, but he also truly connects to the everyday fan. He puts you right by his side so you can vicariously enjoy what he experiences.”
Helping give his new radio show a boost will be a large and loyal fan base. McAfee has more than two million followers across social media. “I am so incredibly grateful to Westwood One for affording me the opportunity to experience a lifelong dream. I can’t wait to get on the air and hopefully entertain/inform/and inspire folks listening all across the country,” he said.
In addition to his Westwood One radio show and podcast, McAfee was recently signed by ESPN to be its Thursday night prime time college football analyst.