ESPN Listens To Listeners: Van Pelt Gets Show

We don’t watch a lot of daytime TV on weekdays, mainly because there’s very little sports programming of note. Actually, there’s none. So we’ve turned to sports radio over the years to get us through our posting day.

Tirico And Van Pelt Radio Show

Every day we usually check in on Jim Rome, just to make sure we’ve got our sports blind spot covered. And of course, to get the latest Huntington Beach surf conditions.

One new show we’re all over now is from 10a-noon (ET) on WAXY-AM (790 The Ticket) in Miami. It features Kevin Rogers and Brandon Guzio. It’s on a local station but might as well be a national show, as the two rarely talk about the wasteland that South Florida sports has become. Great mix of personalities and extremely knowledgeable (so we don’t have to be).

Another good piece of sports radio news for us this week is that Scott Van Pelt is going to be a permanent, daily co-host with Mike Tirico on ESPN radio middays (1-3p ET). Additionally, Van Pelt will fly solo from 3-4p ET.

We have to give ESPN credit for making the change with Tirico’s show so quickly. For the first few months of the new show, the plan had been to have different co-hosts with Tirico throughout the week. That strategy though, however good the co-hosts were (Michelle Tafoya, Kirk Herbstreit, Van Pelt), wasn’t the best when it came to establishing the true personality of the show.

Now with Van Pelt and Tirico locked in, you know what you’re going to be getting every day.

As we’ve stated before, Van Pelt is our favorite personality on ESPN, and the reason we’re turning back to SportsCenter. His quirky, often subtle, humoric jabs throughout the show keep us around, even when the show is slogging through Pirates-Marlins highlights.

It’ll be a nice blend of Tirico’s straight-forward approach coupled with Van Pelt (hopefully) going off the rails. And it’ll be appointment listening for us.