We’ve already seen one radio legend hang it up this month with long-tenured WFAN host Mike Francesa turning off the lights last week. Friday, it was Mike Golic’s turn to say goodbye.
Golic was behind the microphone for Friday’s installment of Golic and Wingo, marking the conclusion of his 22-year run on ESPN Radio. The former NFL defensive lineman is slated to cover college football this fall, though his broadcasting future beyond that is unclear with his contract expiring at the end of 2020.
A radio fixture for over two decades, Golic cut his teeth on Mike and Mike, working with cohost Mike Greenberg until Greenberg departed for Get Up! In 2017. Bristol veteran Trey Wingo replaced Greenberg on the rebranded Golic and Wingo shortly after, but that venture lasted less than three years with ESPN announcing the show’s cancellation earlier this month.
Golic’s family (including his beloved pugs) joined him for the final segment of Friday’s show in an emotional farewell. Golic’s son, Mike Jr., who will soon be helming his own ESPN vehicle alongside WNBA alum Chiney Ogwumike, delivered a heartfelt sendoff, congratulating his father on an incredible run. “Even after we turn off the mics, you still get to be our dad,” said a choked-up Mike Jr. “You always made sure that it was about us. And you always made sure that you were around for the stuff we did. And we felt that and it meant so, so much to grow up feeling that you could do anything.”
“All the guests and all the people we mentioned, everybody was so important, but there’s nobody as important than who is sitting right here on the set with me right now,” said the elder Golic through tears of his own. “Thank you all.”
Herm Edwards, Bill Curry, Kirk Ferentz, Dave McMenamin, Jayson Stark, country singer Darius Rucker and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner of The Dan Le Batard Show were among many guests to appear on Golic and Wingo’s final broadcast Friday. Tributes also poured in on social media with many of Golic’s ESPN colleagues including Hannah Storm and Field Yates taking to Twitter to express their immense admiration for the 57-year-old and recent National Radio Hall of Fame inductee. “Thank you for one of the most impressive performances we’ve ever seen,” said Yates, sharing a clip of Golic (a known junk food connoisseur) inhaling an entire box of Krispy Kreme donuts during the NFL Draft.
ESPN will debut its new radio lineup next month with former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, Duke alum and Chicago Bulls first-round draft pick Jay Williams and SportsCenter host Zubin Mehenti taking over the 6-10 AM ET time slot once occupied by Golic and Wingo.