Dan Le Batard Podcast Launches with Preview Episode December 18

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Dan Le Batard Podcast Launches with Preview Episode December 18

South Beach Sessions to be Weekly Starting in January


ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard will bring his strongly held, incisive and often contrarian opinions – as well as his irreverent wit – to podcasting with the launch of South Beach Sessions.  A preview episode Tuesday, Dec. 18, will be followed with the start of a weekly schedule Tuesday, Jan. 8.  SBS will feature a one-on-one interview each week and is the first original podcast from the newly created Le Batard and Friends Podcast Network.  The guest for the December 18 preview is former ESPNer Jemele Hill who has worked extensively with Le Batard over the years on TV and radio.  Future guests will come from sports, entertainment or music.

“On his radio show, Dan takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride full of authentic emotions – from taking a tough stand on an issue to sadness to hilarity, both in and out of sports conversations,” said Pete Gianesini, ESPN senior director, digital audio programming.  “Podcasting is the perfect vehicle to capture and dive deeper into those feelings in the intimate dynamic of a one-on-one conversation.”

Le Batard added, “”This is really exciting for us, and for people who inexplicably want more of us. ESPN has given us a digital podcast network to create and control as part of a LeBatard and Friends universe that will be in equal measure a part of ESPN and apart from ESPN. We’re going to be making more stuff, in other words, and it’ll start with South Beach Sessions as the flagship podcast, but you’ll be getting more and better from all the friends of the show, and we will soar toward the sun, and we will laugh like family and then Stugotz will ruin it all when he is arrested by federal authorities.”

The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (weekdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, simulcast on ESPNEWS) joined the national ESPN Radio lineup in September 2015.  Alongside co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, the duo has unique chemistry and the show is a blend of thoughtful conversation, self-deprecating humor, and sports and celebrity guests.  The show began as a local program in his native Miami where it continues to be based.  He also hosts Highly Questionable weekday afternoons on ESPN2 where he appears with his father, Papi, and a guest host.

Le Batard’s radio show also is made available via a podcast and it consistently leads ESPN’s offerings with more than eight million downloads per month.  SBS is the first of the original podcasts to come from the radio show and the voices you hear regularly on the show as part of the Le Batard and Friends Podcast Network.




Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be for three months at all of $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, Darlington, Indy 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, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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