For nearly two decades the morning drive-time slot on the ESPN Radio lineup has been occupied by Mike & Mike, with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic holding down the airwaves from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The duo are the longest tenured show on ESPN Radio, but at some point in 2017 their 18-year run will come to an end.
The two long-time co-hosts made what everyone already knew official on Wednesday, announcing that they will be splitting up later this year, although they still weren’t totally sure when that will happen. Greenberg is part of the new ESPN morning lineup with his own TV show from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., while Golic will remain on radio in the same time slot with new partners Trey Wingo and Mike Golic Jr.
Greenberg offered a heartfelt goodbye to the program, thanking the listeners and noting how it was the best thing of his professional career and he didn’t feel as though anything would ever be as fun for him. Golic seemed less happy about the changes that were coming, explaining that it wasn’t his decision and the reason for the change was “someone else’s story to tell” and not his, but that he was, nonetheless, excited to work with Wingo and his son on the new radio show.
This was the first time the two had addressed, as they noted, the worst kept secret in radio, which was that their show was ending. Neither of them were casualties of the ESPN layoffs, but the show fell victim to the massive restructuring the network has gone through. In an interesting twist, the two will now be somewhat competing for eyeballs with Golic’s new show on ESPN2 across from Greenberg’s ESPN show.
Greenberg’s show will be followed by First Take at 10 a.m. and then the new hour-long show featuring Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre at noon. Those changes will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018, but the Mike & Mike pairing will come to an end prior to then at a time to be determined in 2017, capping off one of sports radio’s longest running shows.