A few years into the ESPN Radio era when weekdays were added to the schedule, Tony Bruno commanded the mornings from 1995 to 1998. He was a steady, but firm voice who properly put the key sports headlines from the night before into proper perspective.
In 1998, nine year NFL veteran Mike Golic entered the picture. Late in 1999, Bruno accepted a job to begin a new era for Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles. Several rounds of auditions took place on the Bristol campus. Several reporters and a wave of former athletes tried but were all rejected.
The person who ended up getting the job to wake up early in the mornings was an original Scorehead that helped launch WSCR (which was then heard only in the daylight hours at low power frequency 820 AM) “The Score” SportsRadio in Chicago. A sports reporting stint on WGN sister cable news outlet CLTV (short for Chicagoland TV News) would soon follow.
Mike Greenberg would gain national prominence being one of the first anchors for the 24 hour ESPNEWS outlet in 1996. A few years of doing weekend editions of SportsCenter would soon follow. When the one-time Duel game show host on ABC who loves getting pedicures and going to the opera as much as women would be the right combination with Mike Golic, Mike & Mike In The Morning was born.
From January 2, 2000 to today–November 17, 2017, over three million devoted listeners (more if you count all of our devoted servicemen and women overseas) would make their show our morning routine to laugh, sometimes criticize, ponder, but most of all to have fun.
For Yours Truly Online, just hitting the one button to turn the radio on was all I needed to hear when Greeny would affectionately say shortly after 6 a.m. Eastern time,
“Gooooooooooooood Morning…We are back, and better than ever.”
We have had six months to brace for this moment to say good bye. But it is not a good bye forever. Greeny will still be employed by ESPN, and I am sure he will be keeping many fans of his books apprised when his fifth book (his first foray into fiction writing) will be something to watch later in 2018 or early 2019).
He is very active on Twitter as well, especially giving off his honest thoughts about his hometown team in the New York Jets. So in a way, this will be a homecoming for him when he gears up to host the new ESPN weekday morning show simply called Get Up when it is tentatively scheduled to start sometime in the spring. The primary reason, according to sites like Awful Announcing and Sports Media Watch cite the fact that there have been several construction delays at their new studio around Chelsea Piers, adjacent to the GMA studios at Disney sister cousin of ABC.
This much we do know–Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose will be leaving NBA Countdown and Beadle’s weekday gabfest of SportsNation to join Greeny as co-hosts. More talent will soon follow, with a possibility of maybe having occasional appearances by GMA Meteorologist Ginger Zee (whom by that time will be coming off her second maternity leave) to give fans key weather details of major sports events nationwide. The show will air weekdays from 7 to 10 a.m. Eastern, with simulcasts on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. SportsCenter: AM will slide over to ESPN2.
As for the new era on the radio side, we won’t have to wait too long for the Trey and Mike era to begin. The one-time page for David Letterman and longtime host of NFL Live will be the new full-time co-host starting on Monday, November 27, 2017. Even more interesting is that fellow Notre Dame alum Mike Golic, Jr. will join his father during the first hour (keep in mind that Golic, Jr. appears with Robin Lundberg on the overnight talk show, First & Last–heard weekdays from 4 to 6 a.m. Eastern time).
Of course, the 2005 cartoon making fun of themselves called the Off Mikes was too cute to pass up. But the annual March rite of downright craziness and idiocy climaxed during each of the NCAA Tournaments from 2000 to 2014. The “Sheets of Integrity” were definitely strange episodes indeed, especially since Mike Golic would complain to Greeny many times about him winning his pool on five different brackets, where you are supposed to only fill out one. The loser would be forced to do something very dumb, of which you can see the results for yourself on YouTube if you so desire.
The new era already has a few practice runs
Yes, I have heard Trey Wingo more than a handful of times when he was paired with Mike Golic, and it appears the show will be in very good hands going forward. Once the football season ends, it will be interesting to hear their general thoughts on the 2018 Winter Olympics, followed by the NCAA Tournament, and the start of the baseball season which will be happening much earlier than in decades past–on Thursday, March 29, a full two days before Super Saturday at the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
But, if you want to hang on to the glory days going into and during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend…
There is hope for you after all.
Besides their uber popular podcasts, there are 2,430,000 YouTube clips for you to enjoy.
Plus, the guys talked about many things including why Mike Greenberg came up with the dumbest idea ever when the winning baseball league in the All Star Game during the years 2003 through 2016 earned Game 7 home field advantage in the World Series.
That and a short conversation with the wives, Stephanie Greenberg and Christine Golic appear in the April 2010 five disk CD set titled appropriately enough:
Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life
Believe me, you wouldn’t want to get the book–since the text is mostly written in yellow and green ink. A little difficult to read, IMHO.
At least, I will end this special blog with one of their early slogans and how I will remember 18 great years:
“What makes them different makes them great.”
So long, Greeny. It is time to get some much needed rest.
At least, it was a very, very classy move in the final moments at 9:53 a.m. Eastern time for both of the families to enter the set and share in the final seconds of over 17 1/2 incredible years. Many past and present ESPN reporters took time to send their thoughts via Twitter, leading off with newly christened NBC Olympics prime time host Mike Tirico: