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Paul Finebaum Inks Deal For Book About Popular Call-In Radio Show

Finebaum said that the book primarily is about the culture of his show
Alabama-based radio host Paul Finebaum has "agreed to a major book deal with publisher HarperCollins to co-write a memoir about his popular call-in show, 'The Paul Finebaum Radio Network,' and its impact on SEC football," according to Bob Carlton of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. Finebaum said, "Primarily, it's about the culture of the show and how the culture of the show interacts with the SEC." He added the radio show will be "woven in and out of the book, featuring little vignettes on the callers." A source said that Finebaum will "receive an advance of more than $500,000, which is considered a major deal in the publishing world." The book is scheduled for an August '14 release. The deal with HarperCollins "came about as a result of a lengthy feature story about the Finebaum show that appeared in The New Yorker magazine in December." ESPN.com columnist Gene Wojciechowski will "co-write the book with Finebaum." Carlton noted Finebaum and Wojciechowski "have known each other since they worked on the University of Tennessee student newspaper The Daily Beacon together." Finebaum: "My feeling was I wanted to work with someone on the book who had experience" (AL.com, 3/26).
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