ESPN Radio to launch “Tirico & Van Pelt” for weekdays


Debuting May 1, SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt will become co-host of ESPN Radio’s new Tirico & Van Pelt weekday show (1-3 p.m. ET), previously The Mike Tirico Show, which premiered in September 2007.

Van Pelt, who has served as one of the regular co-hosts with Tirico, will also become solo host of ESPN Radio’s 3-4 p.m. weekday slot, replacing Stephen A. Smith, who will now concentrate on his ESPN increased television and NBA reporting and analysis responsibilities.

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who have also been regular co-hosts on The Mike Tirico Show, will continue to contribute to Tirico & Van Pelt, and serve as co-hosts when scheduling conflicts make either Van Pelt or Tirico unavailable.

Van Pelt joined ESPN from The Golf Channel (1994-2000) in Spring 2001 as the network’s lead professional golf reporter, and has become one of SportCenter’s primary anchors.