Tiger Woods, Jason Aldean, Rory McIlroy Among Early Guests
ESPN’s Marty Smith, known for his unique storytelling style and revealing, in-depth interviews with sports figures and newsmakers on SportsCenter and other ESPN platforms, will expand his ESPN presence with a new weekly podcast from ESPN Audio.
Marty Smith’s America … The Podcast will launch Monday, March 19, with country music superstar Jason Aldean as the first guest. Aldean’s love of University of Georgia football is well-known and the Bulldogs-themed “man cave” in his home was the subject of an ESPN feature several years ago.
The April 2 edition of the podcast will include golf superstars Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as they prepare to play in that week’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. A new podcast will post every Monday.
“Marty’s unique voice and passion for storytelling and perfect for the one-on-one relationship between a podcast and the listener,” said Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN Audio. “We’re very happy to have him as part of our podcast lineup and look forward to hearing what he’ll bring each week.”
A reporter for SportsCenter, Smith covers college football as his main assignment but his work doesn’t end there – he has traveled the country and parts of the world in recent years to bring stories to sports fans. He has reported from Italy with the University of Michigan football team, traveled to Iceland to report on fans of the Icelandic soccer team, flown with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at the Daytona 500, visited the White House with Clemson’s national championship football team and reported from the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Just this week, he visited 10 colleges and covered more than 1,000 miles in 27 hours during ESPN’s Tournament Challenge Marathon. In April and May, he will cover three of sports’ most iconic events in succession: the Masters, the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500.
In addition to reporting for SportsCenter and writing for ESPN.com, Smith also co-hosts the Saturday morning Marty and McGee program (ESPN Radio, 6 a.m. ET) with ESPN the Magazine’s Ryan McGee. He also has the recurring interview program Marty Smith’s America which returns March 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with Woods and McIlroy as guests.
Along with a featured interview, the hour-long podcasts will begin with a “Marty Party,” with Smith being joined by friends including SportsCenter anchor Matt Barrie, McGee or others. Smith also will close each episode with a fun feature related to his southern upbringing. The podcast will be available on ESPN Podcasts and iTunes.
Smith joined ESPN in late 2006. From 2007-2014, the Virginia native was ESPN’s lead NASCAR reporter for both SportsCenter and the former NASCAR Now program. He became a bureau reporter for SportsCenter after ESPN ended its live coverage of NASCAR events at the end of the 2014 season.
About ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts comprise ESPN Audio.
ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually on 500 nationwide stations, including more than 375 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets. ESPN owns and/or operates stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. ESPN Radio programming is also available on SiriusXM and via digital distributors Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.
ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005, and in December 2017 reached five million people, ranking ESPN fourth among podcast producers in America (per Podtrac). The most popular titles include Fantasy Focus Football, The Lowe Post and FiveThirtyEight Politics, as well as podcast versions of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, First Take, Pardon the Interruption and Around The Horn.
Preview with Marty Smith can be downloaded HERE