Golf instructor Hank Haney, best known for his work with Tiger Woods, is making the move to podcasting with a new show via the iHeartPodcast Network. The podcast was spawned by his suspension from SiriusXM Radio in May after he made what was viewed as racially insensitive comments about the success of Korean players in women’s golf. “I’m back and coming out hot,” Haney announced on Twitter. “Lots of opinions, great guests, real non-sugarcoated golf talk and more.” The show debuts next Monday, Sept. 23.
Haney said his iHeart podcast will publish weekday mornings with potentially more shows released during the big PGA championships and the Olympics. “It’s a great format because people can listen to it whenever they want. And it doesn’t have to be 45 minutes, it can be 40 minutes, it can be 20 minutes, it can be an hour and a half, it can be whatever,” he said in an interview with Golfweek. And while it won’t have live call-ins like his previous satellite radio show, Haney is soliciting listeners to call a voicemail line and leave messages that he’ll then integrate into the podcast.
Haney’s deal with the iHeartPodcast Network reportedly is part of the company’s bigger plan to beef up the golf content on iHeartRadio. Golfweek reports Haney’s podcast will be part of an array of content that will be put under the iHeart Golf brand.
The company last week launched iHeartRadio Sports, a new website that aggregates its sports podcasts and content from its radio stations and personalities along with the latest sports news. The new portal will include the roughly 25,000 sports podcasts on iHeartRadio. It will also offer access to 195 live broadcast and digital radio stations, including local iHeart stations and the Fox Sports Radio national feed. In June, the company launched iHeartRadio Sports Daily – a newsletter featuring top sports stories and videos that are sent out daily to sports fans.
Haney was suspended in May from SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio channel when he mockingly predicted “a Korean” would win the LPGA championship that was being played in Charleston, adding he could only name players on the LPGA tour with the last name Lee. It was quickly criticized by Korean American players. The satcaster said it was “reviewing his status on SiriusXM going forward” and Haney issued an apology for his “insensitive” statement saying he wasn’t intending to be sexist or racist.
“In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korean players on the tour I offended people, and I am sorry,” Haney said, adding, “I have the biggest respect for the women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their sport, and I never meant to take away from their abilities and accomplishments. I’ve worked in this game with men and women players from many different cultures, and I look forward to continuing to doing so.” He told Golfweek that SiriusXM ultimately decided it wanted to return him to its airwaves but Haney decided a podcast was a better platform him.
Haney was a coach for Tiger Woods from 2004 to 2010 and has also hosted a show on the Golf Channel.