ESPN Audio’s New “The ‘Golf’ Podcast”

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ESPN Audio’s New “The ‘Golf’ Podcast”

ESPN.com’s Michael Collins and Jason Sobel Discuss the Game and More

ESPN Audio has debuted The “Golf” Podcast with ESPN.com golf writers Michael Collins and Jason Sobel discussing the action on the course and everything surrounding the game and the athletes. The podcast, which joins ESPN Audio’s extensive offerings of sport-specific and general interest sports podcasts, will be offered bi-weekly and will generally last about 30 minutes. The first edition was posted May 7 and featured an interview with Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee to discuss his golf game, his challenging of Tiger Woods on Twitter and more: http://bit.ly/1ESRZRr. The next edition went online yesterday with ESPN’s Skip Bayless. Topics include his passion for golf, the lack of African Americans on the pro tour and why Rory McIlroy is not the next Tiger Woods: http://bit.ly/1AmlA7g.

“Michael and Jason know the game of golf and they know the players, the issues, the scene and the hot topics that surrounds life on the Tour…that’s why ‘golf’ is in quote marks in the title,” said Pete Gianesini, senior director, ESPN Radio programming and digital audio content. “Our podcasts allow fans to listen whenever and wherever they are – all part of our mission to serve sports fans.”

Collins, who joined ESPN.com in 2011 after 10 years as a PGA caddie plus 20 as a stand-up comedian, added, “We can’t wait to deliver a fun, entertaining, and informative golf podcast. Golf is a game played by celebrities and athletes from all walks of life and we’re going to try and talk to them about the connection this game has made between people who otherwise aren’t be connected.”

Sobel, who worked for ESPN from 1997 – 2011 and recently rejoined the company, said, “We’ll provide inside analysis, but in a fun way that any golf fan — or even just any golfer — can relate to their own games. We’re going to speak with non-golfer celebrities about their golf games and professional golfers about everything but their golf games. If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite PGA Tour player is like away from the course, this will be your chance.”

ESPN Audio and Podcasts

ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005 and in 2014, ESPN Audio podcasts were downloaded 302 million times, an increase of 67 percent compared to the previous year. ESPN Audio’s original podcasts are listed below (not including ESPN Radio talk-show and television programming repurposed online).

Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

Be Honest with Cari Champion

Behind the Bets with Chad Millman

Championship Drive with Rece Davis

ESPNU College Basketball with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg

ESPN Perspectives: Capital Games with Andy Katz and Rick Klein

ESPN Perspectives: Inside Out with Prim Siripipat

Fantasy Focus: Baseball with Eric Karabell and Tristan H. Cockroft

Fantasy Focus: Football with Matthew Berry

Fantasy Underground with Christopher Harris and Field Yates

First Draft with Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay

Football Today with Robert Flores and Matt Williamson

His & Hers with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill

Hockey Today with Pierre LeBrun

Marty & McGee with Marty Smith and Ryan McGee

Mike Tirico’s Monday Night Football Preview

NBA Lockdown

The Poker Edge with Andrew Feldman

Real Talk with Jason Whitlock

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It was 33 years at ESPN for me as of November 2019 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals and Indy 500; Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Fan Relations, Archives and ESPNPressRoom.com, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
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