Keith Olbermann Returns to ESPN to Mark 25th Anniversary of ESPN Radio (Exclusive)

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He'll anchor a two-hour special Jan. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Keith Olbermann is returning to ESPN — radio.

And it’s for one night only.

Olbermann — who partnered with Dan Patrick for a very popular SportsCenter anchor team on television — will kick of ESPN Radio’s 25th anniversary with a two-hour special Jan. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. His guests will include Tony Bruno and Chuck Wilson. The anniversary special will re-air on ESPN Radio periodically throughout 2017.

Additionally, ESPN Radio will revisit pivotal moments in sports with a biweekly podcast, Stories in Sports From the Last 25 Years. Hosted by various ESPN Radio voices, the podcast will run through December 2017. There will also be a Top 25 series throughout the years, including best coaches, best fights, most underrated athletes and more.

ESPN Radio first went on the air Jan. 1, 1992, with 16 hours of news and sports. In 1994, ESPN Radio bowed its first weekday longform program with the somewhat chauvinistically titled The Fabulous Sports Babe. By October 1998, ESPN Radio had evolved into a 24-hour format.

Olbermann first arrived at ESPN, the TV network, in 1992. He had a famously rocky relationship with many at the Bristol, Conn.-headquartered channel and left for Fox Sports in 1998. When ESPN celebrated the 25th anniversary of SportsCenter in 2004, he was not included in the guest lineup for the show's "reunion week." He returned to ESPN2 from 2013 to 2015 with an eponymously titled program filmed out of ABC’s Times Square studio.


 

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