Live Performance by Wale in First Take Studio January 3; Platinum-selling Rapper Headlines Guest Lineup For First Take’s First Week on ESPN

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Live Performance by Wale in First Take Studio January 3; Platinum-selling Rapper Headlines Guest Lineup For First Take’s First Week on ESPN

When First Take, ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman with host Molly Qerim, moves to ESPN at 10 a.m. ET beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, they will be joined by special guests throughout the week.

On the first day, Wale – the Grammy-nominated recording artist who created the exclusive First Take opening theme song “Every Word Great” – will perform the theme song live from the First Take set. Wale will also give a “first take” of a new song on the show that morning, January 3.

“I used to play running back and would often dream of making SportsCenter,” said Wale. “If you would have told coach Joe Walton I would be performing on ESPN, they would have called you crazy. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be on ESPN’s First Take, one of the greatest sport shows of my generation. I’m excited for this new move to ESPN. We gon’ shine together in 2017!”

Additional guests who will join the lively and provocative show throughout the week include:

  • Jim Kelly, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills
  • Ice Cube, American rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and filmmaker

“This will be an incredible week for the show and a real treat for viewers,” said Antoine Lewis, First Take coordinating producer. “ The popularity of First Take extends to many different circles. Singers, actors, athletes and other high-profile fans always want to join us and mix it up in sports debate.  So our exciting move to ESPN is also a great time to continue blending strong outside opinions with Stephen A. and Max’s fearless views.”

First Take will continue to focus on the most compelling and entertaining topics of the day from the world of sports. The live two-hour program will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, and will continue to be re-aired on ESPN2 each day. For more details on the move to ESPN, click here.

“Final Take”
“Final Take,” a new segment of the show, debuted on December 6 and allows Smith or Kellerman to give their opinion or commentary on one of the day’s most topical issues at the end of each show. Click to watch Kellerman and Smith give their “Final Take.”

First Take Promotional Campaign
Earlier this month, ESPN debuted a new on-air campaign celebrating the unique personality of the show. Titled “Express Yourself,” the campaign’s inaugural spot gives viewers a glimpse into Smith and Kellerman’s daily banter, and of course, debate. Watch here. In addition, click here to watch the DJ mix promoting First Take’s move to ESPN.

 About First Take
First Take is ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman with host Molly QerimFirst Take airs weekday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon ET from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn. The show is televised live from some of the biggest sporting events including the College Football Playoff, the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star Game and Finals. Every November, the First Take team travels to a military base to show support for our troops and veterans. The entire show is available as an audio-only podcast following the broadcast of the recorded show. Follow First Take on TwitterFacebook or the Podcast for more updates and information.



ESPN Media Contacts:
Diane Lamb: [email protected]
Claire Duckworth : [email protected]

For Wale Press Inquiries:
Jason Davis, Atlantic Records: [email protected]

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