31 Jul Lazar Cartu Published: Mike Golic signs off for final time on ESPN airwaves
Nearly 22 years of Mike Golic on the airwaves has come to an end.
The former NFL player who turned radio star signed off for the final time Friday after a two-decade run on the airwaves, first beside Mike Greenberg and later beside Trey Wingo.
The Golic family, which played a big part on the program during the show’s run, flanked the elder Golic during the closing segment of his final show. Mike Jr. delivered an emotional soliloquy, paying tribute to his father.
“You still get to be our dad.”
It got very misty in the Golic family basement as Mike Golic’s final ESPN Radio show reached its end Friday morning: pic.twitter.com/Ip0nUbbpcS
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) July 31, 2020
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Prior to “Mike & Mike” in the morning, Golic hosted an ESPN morning show alongside Tony Bruno in 1998. Golic would host the show until joining up with Greenberg in 2000. The show ran until Greenberg’s departure in 2017. The split between the two was public and bitter, though the two have reconciled in recent years.
“Mike & Mike” became one of the first nationally aired sports shows to reach mainstream appeal, and was heralded for the chemistry between the two Mikes and Golic’s energy in the mornings. The two were eventually inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016.
Members of the sports sphere reached out to Golic and wished him well in his future endeavors.
For more than 20 years, @espngolic did every single weekday what most of America can’t even muster for one: sound excited in the morning. As million of people he accompanied to work every morning surely will echo, and as I say to someone he showed great kindness, #ThankYouGolic.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2020
And I’m crying – I feel like I grew up with Mike & Mike in the morning. I learned through that show you can share opinions & sports news with personality. @espngolic you have been a wonderful part to my (& so many others) morning routine. Thank you!
— Shae Peppler Cornette (@shaepeppler) July 31, 2020
The fact that Mike Golic is trending and has engendered such positive reception from people as he concludes his long run on ESPN Radio is literally the reason why the decision to remove Golic from a permanent spot on ESPN Radio is so short-sighted.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 31, 2020
Golic’s complete final segment on the show can be viewed below: