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ESPN Radio to re-launch weekday 1-3 p.m. ET slot as Tirico & Van Pelt
Debuting May 1, SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt will become co-host of ESPN Radio's new Tirico & Van Pelt weekday show (1-3 p.m. ET), previously The Mike Tirico Show, which premiered in September 2007.
Van Pelt, who has served as one of the regular co-hosts with Tirico, will also become solo host of ESPN Radio's 3-4 p.m. weekday slot, replacing Stephen A. Smith, who will now concentrate on his ESPN increased television and NBA reporting and analysis responsibilities.
"Clearly some execs made a decision that will ultimately cost them their jobs," Van Pelt said of his more prominent role with ESPN Radio. "Before that inevitable end, I look forward to all the opportunities this presents to work with people I respect and enjoy. The solo hour will likely advance the level of discourse to a place never before heard in human history."
Tirico said, "I am thrilled to have a friend like Scott as a regular partner, and I look forward to the trouble he will cause on his own in the third hour."
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who have also been regular co-hosts on The Mike Tirico Show, will continue to contribute to Tirico & Van Pelt, and serve as co-hosts when scheduling conflicts make either Van Pelt or Tirico unavailable.
Van Pelt joined ESPN from The Golf Channel (1994-2000) in Spring 2001 as the network's lead professional golf reporter, and has become one of SportCenter's primary anchors. A native of Brookville, Md., Van Pelt graduated from the University of Maryland, and began his sports broadcasting career at WTTG-TV (FOX) in Washington, D.C. in 1990.
ESPN Radio Afternoon Line-Up All Times ET
1-3 p.m Tirico & Van Pelt
3-4 p.m. The Scott Van Pelt Show
4-6:30 p.m. SportsNation on ESPN Radio