National Radio Wars:

They haven’t been able to replace Mike and Mike in that time slot. A tough task.

It wasn’t long ago that ESPN radio featured hosts like Dan Le Batard, Colin Cowturd, Ryen Russillo, and Scott Van Pelt. Former WIP host Chris Carlin is part of the lineup now, alongside Chris Canty, and then there’s Mike Greenberg on middays, Jason Fitz and Harry Douglas at noon, and then something called “Joe and Amber” at 7 p.m. It’s a pretty basic lineup in 2023, nothing particularly exciting, and locally you’ve got John Kincade on 97.5 now, so the only national ESPN programming the Fanatic goes to is, I believe, Freddie Coleman at night.

Dunno about radio in general for ESPN. Do they even need to do it?

The NY Post story says this:

“ESPN will have a new national show, but the hosts are unlikely to make millions as the network is looking to invest its audio money in podcasting than radio.”

Podcasts don’t scale and don’t make a lot of money, unless you’re at the very top like Joe Rogan and Bill Simmons. The other 99% of existing podcasts are side hustles and hobbies. We may have to stick a fork in ESPN Radio.