People & Personalities: Mike Greenberg Unveils Name For New ESPN Morning Program
In Chicago, Teddy Greenstein reports Mike Greenberg's new ESPN program will be called "Get up." The morning show is "set to debut in the spring" and will feature Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose. Greenberg confirmed that the reason his show's debut was delayed was "purely construction-related," as it will originate from a new studio space in N.Y. Greenberg said he and ESPN are "formulating a plan for different ways that I will be working at ESPN during the down time. ... I do hope to write another book." He noted his show was "never going to be a solo vehicle." Greenberg: "From its inception to when it was pitched to me and the moment that I agreed to do it, this was not going to be a solo show." Meanwhile, Greenberg said he does not have a plan for how he wants "Mike & Mike" to end: "I've never scripted anything, in 18 years. ... I'll go in there and whatever sort of jumps into my head, that's what'll come out of my mouth" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/14).
COACH SPEAK: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Jason Gay sits with Mike Krzyzewski to discuss the Duke coach's weekly SiriusXM Radio show, "Basketball & Beyond with Coach K," and Gay writes it is not "typical sports radio schlock." Guests have "ranged from LeBron James to Richard Petty to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey." Krzyzewski "pulls questions from pages of notes." He is "not an interrupter" and "never rambles." There are no "gotcha moments," either. Krzyzewski said, "It’s not a call-in, and I get a chance to really visit with top-notch people" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/14).
NOTES: NBC Sports California's Sharks color commentator Jamie Baker is "taking a leave of absence" to "attend to a personal matter." In Baker's absence, Bret Hedican will "handle color commentating duties on NBCSCA and David Maley will fill Hedican’s role as the color analyst on the Sharks’ Radio Network, joining play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 11/11)....Longtime Trail Blazers radio play-by-play announcer Brian Wheeler was "behind the microphone" for the team's home game against the Nuggets last night. Wheeler had "missed the season’s first 12 games as he battled scrotal lymphedema, a condition that sidelined him four games during" the '13 season. Wheeler is in his 20th season with the team (NBCSPORTS.com, 11/10)....The NCAA has hired former ESPN personality Andy Katz to cover basketball for NCAA.com. The agreement is for two years (NCAA).