SBD/August 22, 2011/Media

Baseball HOFer Joe Morgan Debuts New Syndicated Radio Program This Week

Baseball HOFer and former ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcaster Joe Morgan has started a daily one-hour national radio program, "The Joe Morgan Show," on the Sports USA syndication network. Morgan's program will be heard initially in 22 markets, including WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and WQYK-AM in Tampa, as well as digitally through and podcasts on iTunes. Morgan will begin his radio stint this week with a so-called "Baseball Legends Week" featuring a different HOFer each day. Former teammate Johnny Bench will join Morgan today, followed by Tom Seaver tomorrow, Carlton Fisk on Wednesday, Sandy Koufax on Thursday and Willie Mays on Friday. The radio venture is Morgan's first broadcasting job following a 21-year run on ESPN that ended last fall when his contract was not renewed. Morgan will tape the show from a variety of locations, including his home. The show will not take live listener calls, and is not designed to be a hard news-driven interview program. "This goal is to be much more conversational," Morgan said. "I want to have real conversations with these athletes, not interviews that very often turn into an interrogation as people want to ask the hard question. This is exciting for me, as a fan, to have the opportunity to talk to these athletes and hear things I haven't heard before." While baseball will certainly be a focus of the "The Joe Morgan Show," he plans to delve into several other sports, including pro and college football and golf.
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