ESPN Radio Announces Major Lineup Changes

Given the results of some ratings battles, changes at ESPN Radio are in order. And these changes have been talked about/planned/rumored for some time.

Just minutes ago, some programming line-up changes were made official. Of course, this is more a national ESPN Radio initiative than it is a local ESPN 1000 initiative.

The Dan LeBatard Show anchors the new ESPN Radio weekday afternoons and evenings; it will make its national debut September 30. Sedano & Stink (no, this isn’t a show about the 2013 Chicago White Sox or Adam Dunn) premieres September 9th nationally.

The Freddie Coleman Show fill up weekday evenings nationally beginning September 9th. For the time being, it remains a one hour show on Sundays at 1 p.m. local time. (Here's the updated WMVP ESPN Radio 1000 schedule)

According to a Bristol press release, The Dan LeBatard Show makes its national debut live from Miami on Monday, Sept 30th at 3 p.m. More details on the show will be announced closer to launch date. An ESPN PR representative told me that this show will not be available in the Chicago market.

Sedano & Stink (again, this is not a show about the coaching abilities of Ron Zook), will be hosted by Jorge Sedano and Mark Schlereth, debuting 6 p.m. CST. According to an ESPN Radio spokeswoman, this program will not be carried locally. However, it will be available online.

Every show will be available on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN Radio app and Sirius Channel 84.

Sedano was most recently the program director/afternoon host at WQAM in Miami. ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth, whose nickname while with the Denver Broncos was “Stink,” has co-hosted in this time slot since January 2012.

Sedano said of the new ESPN Radio show:

“There are three elements to a successful talk show – be informative, entertaining and thought provoking. Those are the elements I expect from our new show. It’s important to be interactive via social media during the show and truly connect with the listeners.”

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Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter  (@paulmbanks)

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