ESPN Radio Host, The Paul Finebaum Show
Paul Finebaum—a longtime sports talk radio host known by many as the
leading sports authority in the South and the “Voice of the SEC’’—joined
ESPN in August 2013 as host of the The Paul Finebaum Show. The four-hour
daily program, heard on ESPN Radio Monday – Friday from 2 p.m.
ET – 6 p.m., showcases Finebaum’s compelling opinions and deep
knowledge of the SEC as well as his interactions with his passionate
callers, many of whom have followed him for years.
In addition to hosting The Paul Finebaum Show, he appears on a variety of
other ESPN shows and outlets, including SportsCenter, College Football
Live, College GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine. Beginning in August
2014, when the SEC Network launched, a television simulcast of
Finebaum’s radio show began airing.
Prior to joining ESPN, Finebaum served as host of the Paul Finebaum
Radio Network (2001- 2012). Finebaum arrived in Birmingham in 1980 and
became an award-winning columnist and investigative reporter for the
Birmingham Post-Herald and later the Mobile Press-Register. From 2011 -
2012, Finebaum wrote a college football column for SI.com.
Finebaum has received many honors for his work. In March 2013, Sports
Illustrated ranked him one of the 20 Most Powerful People in Sports Media
nationally (#17). Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic of ESPN (at No. 14)
were the only other radio hosts mentioned on the list. In 2004, Sports
Illustrated named the show as one of the top 12 sports radio shows in the
In January 2012, The Bleacher Report named Finebaum one of the “25
Most Influential People” in college football. Bunn Sports, a regional
website, listed Finebaum as ``the No. 1 must-follow in college football’’ on
twitter. In July 2009, The Orlando Sentinel named Finebaum one of the
SEC’s “10 most powerful people.” In 2002, Finebaum was named by The
Tennessean in Nashville as one of the “Southeastern Conference’s Top
Power Brokers,” coming in at No. 4.
In 2008, Columbia University named Finebaum’s show a winner of its
annual ‘Let’s Do it Better! Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity.
Finebaum was selected for “providing a strong and sometimes
controversial view on racial issues in sports through his multi-media
contributions” In particular, Columbia cited a poignant show on the Martin
Luther King Jr. holiday - which highlighted the slain Civil Rights leader’s
still strong connections with today’s sports stars.
Finebaum has spoken and lectured at a variety of colleges including
Columbia University, UMass-Amherst, Texas A&M and the University of
Finebaum is a 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee and resides
in Charlotte with his wife.