Wall Street Journal: Finebaum returning to radio with ESPN networks
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May 21, 2013 | 2223 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paul Finebaum is returning to radio, but it won’t be from Birmingham.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Finebaum is leaving Birmingham for Charlotte, N.C., where he will have a show on several platforms for ESPN, beginning Aug. 1.

His radio program will be on ESPN networks. He also will have 100 televised appearances annually on ESPN, and his radio show will be simulcast on the SEC Network, which is owned by ESPN and will launch in August 2014.

Finebaum’s show on Birmingham’s WJOX ended in January when his contract expired.

"It would be the understatement of my life to say I wasn't thrilled," Finebaum told WSJ. "It is incredibly exciting to be part of a new adventure, particularly one that involves the premier brand in sports along with the pre-eminent conference in sports."

Finebaum has a five-year contract. Neither he nor ESPN would give financial details.

Finebaum’s Birmingham show was broadcast on almost 30 stations and gained a larger audience online.

"What is striking is he is such a great moderator-slash-provocateur of the emotion that lives within the fan base," said Justin Connolly, the senior vice president for programming who will oversee the SEC Network for ESPN. "To be able to bring him aboard onto the team here is significant."

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