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ESPN Radio Turns 10

ESPN Radio Turns 10

ESPN Radio will celebrate its tenth anniversary next month. ESPN Radio signed on Jan. 1, 1992 with drive time commentaries, and premiered weekend night programming January 4. Ten years ago 104 stations agreed to carry ESPN Radio programming. Today, nearly 700 stations nationwide carry some form of ESPN Radio programming, including 195 full-time affiliates.
While ESPN Radio won this year’s Edward R. Murrow Award in the “Best Use of Sound” category for A Day in the Life of the Subway Series, given by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, such awards were far from the minds of the small team of persons who brought the network to life.
“It was almost like using a tin can and a string and crossing your fingers,” recalls Executive Producer John Martin, who sat on a stool looking through a cutout window into a pre-fab “studio” that evening of Jan. 4, 1992
ESPN Radio will present a three-hour “Ten Years of ESPN Radio” special Dec. 24 (7 p.m., 11 p.m.), Dec. 25 (7 p.m., 11 p.m.), Dec. 31 (7 p.m.), Jan. 1 (7 p.m., 11 p.m.), Jan. 3 (8 p.m.) and Feb. 3 (7 p.m.) hosted by ESPN Radio originals Chuck Wilson and Mike Tirico.