ESPN Radio 2020 Talent Bios
Steve Jones is the host of Sorts Talk with Steve Jones on ESPN Radio 1450 and 103.7. ESPN Radio 1450 and 103.7 is your home for Penn State sports and Steve is the voice of Penn State football and basketball leading the charge on ESPN Radio. Steve Jones brings his 40+ years of radio play by play and sports talk show experience to Sports Talk with Steve Jones weekdays 1-3 PM. Hear interviews with local, state and national reporters and sports personalities with a veteran of the sports landscape. Steve has been the play by play voice of Penn State football for 20 seasons and has helmed the basketball spot for 37. He also serves as the play by play voice of the State College Spikes. Steve is an active participant in the community, working with multiple charities including Coaches vs Cancer and Uplifting Athletes.
Mike Greenberg is a host of ESPN’s morning show Get Up. For almost two decades, sports fans woke up with Greenberg (“Greeny” as he is called) as half of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, with co-host Mike Golic. Greenberg joined ESPN in September 1996 as an anchor for the launch of ESPNews. He later anchored SportsCenter for many years, even long after Mike & Mike launched on January 3, 2000. Greenberg and Golic were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. Greenberg was also inducted into Northwestern’s Medill Hall of Achievement. In 2007, Greenberg’s first book, Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot, spent five weeks on The New York Times’ Best Sellers List and was nominated for a Quill Award. It was the humorous self-deprecating account of his life as sports fan and husband. In 2010, Greenberg, along with Golic, released Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life, which reached number 3 on The New York Times’ Best Sellers List. In 2013, Greenberg debuted his first novel, All You Could Ask For, as a tribute after a family friend, Heidi Armitage, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and lost her battle to the disease that same year. The novel was a New York Times Best Seller and Greenberg, along with his wife Stacy, donated 100% of the proceeds from the novel to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Greenberg’s second novel, My Father’s Wives, was published in 2015. Prior to joining ESPN, Greenberg worked as a reporter for SportsChannel Chicago and as a sports anchor/reporter for the regional cable news network CLTV in Chicago. In addition, Greenberg had worked for Chicago’s WSCR-Radio serving as a reporter covering events including the World Series and Super Bowl and talk show host. He was also a syndicated sports columnist for the California-based Copley News Service, writing a weekly column in the mid-1990’s and served as a sports anchor/reporter at Chicago’s WMAQ-Radio. Greenberg is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The New York City native is married and has two children.
Max Kellerman is a featured commentator on ESPN’s First Take with Stephen A. Smith and host Molly Qerim Rose, a role he has held since July 2016. Kellerman and Smith debate the most topical issues of the day. First Take airs weekdays from 10 a.m. – noon ET. Previously, Kellerman was a host on ESPN’s Los Angeles-based studio show SportsNation alongside Marcellus Wiley and Michelle Beadle. Kellerman also hosted the afternoon drive program, “Max & Marcellus,” on ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Wiley. Kellerman has appeared across ESPN’s various platforms including SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption, ESPN Radio New York, and was the original host of Around the Horn. Long known to sports fans for his insightful boxing commentary, Kellerman was the studio analyst for ESPN’s boxing series Friday Night Fights and provided ringside color commentary on Tuesday Night Fights. In 2006, he took over the ringside commentator role on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series and the following year joined the World Championship Boxing broadcast team. He also appears on The Fight Game with Jim Lampley and hosts Face Off with Max Kellerman. Kellerman graduated from Columbia University with a degree in History.
Keyshawn Johnson is a Super Bowl champion and All Pro wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is a Los Angeles-based NFL analyst who appears on SportsCenter and ESPN’s NFL studio shows. He joined the company in 2007 as an analyst the same day he announced his retirement from the National Football League. Since 2016, Johnson has been the daily host for ESPNLA 710 AM, ESPN’s owned radio station in Los Angeles. Johnson was a member of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown shows from 2007-2015. During that time he also contributed to Super Bowl week coverage and other events. In 2016, the Southern California native and resident transitioned to his new Los Angeles-based role. Johnson made his ESPN debut as a guest analyst (while still a member of the Carolina Panthers) on the main set during the 2007 NFL Draft. He has served as a guest host on ESPN and ESPN Radio programs. His on-air contributions have extended beyond football through personality and issue-oriented features and as part of major event coverage on both ESPN and ABC, including the SportsCenter Who’s Now series in 2007 during which he, Kirk Herbstreit and Michael Wilbon helped determine the “Ultimate Sports Star.” The top overall pick by the New York Jets in the 1996 NFL Draft, Johnson played for four teams – Jets (1996-99), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000-03), Dallas Cowboys (2004-05) and Panthers (2006) – during his 11 NFL seasons. One of the most productive receivers of his era, Johnson had 814 receptions for 10,571 yards and 64 touchdowns in 167 games. The three-time Pro Bowler helped lead the Buccaneers to a win in Super Bowl XXXVII. In his final season in 2006, he caught 70 passes for 815 yards and four touchdowns, becoming just the 16th player in league history with 800 career receptions. A Los Angeles native, Johnson grew up near the USC campus and was a two-time All-American at Southern Cal under legendary head coach John Robinson. (He also served as a Trojans ball boy for six years during his youth.) Johnson ranks among USC’s all-time great receivers with 168 catches for 2,796 yards and 16 TDs. He had a school-best 17 100-yard receiving games during his career, including 11 consecutive regular season games, still an NCAA record. He led the Trojans to a Cotton Bowl victory his junior year and a Rose Bowl victory his senior year – earning back-to-back bowl MVP honors. During his senior year in 1995 he caught a Pac-10 record 102 passes. Johnson was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2007, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in December 2008, and the USC Hall of Fame in May 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from USC in 1996. Prior to USC, Johnson was a Junior College All-American at West Los Angeles College. In addition to his ESPN analyst role, Johnson is CEO of First Picks Management, a development company that focuses on franchise businesses in the foodservice and hospitality industries, and he is CEO of Keyshawn Capitol Development, a real estate company with projects in both residential and commercial space in the Los Angeles area. In 2008, the Michael Awards named Johnson the “Best Dressed Man” of the year. A year later, Johnson added interior design to his resume with “Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design,” an 11-episode reality home design series on A&E. He also appeared in an episode of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as a celebrity guest judge in February 2009, and he started his own wine label, KJ1, in 2012. Johnson previously hosted a weekly radio show, “Taking it to the House,” on Sirius Satellite Radio, and wrote the book “Just Give Me the Damn Ball!: The Fast Times and Hard Knocks of an NFL Rookie” with ESPN’s Shelley Smith. He remains active in various charitable organizations, along with educational and political causes, through both time and monetary donations. He returns frequently to USC to make guest appearances in the classroom and on the football field.
Zubin Mehenti joined ESPN in 2011 as a studio anchor. He often hosts nighttime editions of SportsCenter on both weekends and weeknights and sometimes anchors SportsCenter on the Road segments from college football games or other big events. Prior to joining ESPN, he was a sports anchor/reporter at KDVR-TV (Fox) / KWGN-TV (CW) in Denver for six years. Before that, Mehenti was weekend sports anchor at WOI-TV in West Des Moines, Iowa (September 2001-September 2005) where he wrote, edited, produced, shot video and filed reports for various newscasts and two-locally produced sports programs on Central Iowa’s ABC affiliate. Prior to that, he was the weekend sportscaster at New Jersey’s WMGM-TV, and his first job out of college was as a producer at WPIX-TV in New York for former CBS News correspondent Melinda Murphy. A New Jersey native, Mehenti is a graduate of Rutgers University with B.A.’s in Journalism and Political Science.
Chiney Ogwumike is a full-time multi-platform ESPN commentator and forward for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. The Texas native of Nigerian descent joined ESPN in 2017 to co-anchor SportsCenter across Africa and served as a part-time WNBA and NBA in studio analyst. In 2018, she became one of the only full-time professional athletes to hold a full-time national sports media position. Chiney regularly appears on SportsCenter, The Jump, Get Up! and First Take in addition to anchoring SportsCenter Africa. Prior to ESPN, Chiney worked as an analyst for Pac-12 Network and NBATV. The Two-time WNBA All-Star (2014, 2018), and current WNBA Players Association (WNBPA) vice president, was the 1st overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, coming out of Stanford University, and the league’s Rookie of the Year. Chiney and her sister Nneka Ogwumike join Peyton and Eli Manning as the only siblings ever selected number one overall in a professional sports league. At Stanford, Chiney was a three-time First Team All-American, two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, four-time All-Pac 12 First Team, and finalist for multiple national Player of the Year awards, each of the last three seasons. Chiney led Stanford to three Final Fours while distinguishing herself in academics, earning multiple honors for her academic success, including the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Chiney earned gold medals with USA Basketball at the FIBA 3×3 World Championships in August 2012 and with the USA Basketball World University Games team in 2011. Chiney is passionate about giving back and empowering the next generation. She spent the spring of 2013 studying abroad in Nigeria where she successfully raised $30,000 to build a basketball court for underprivileged youth in an effort to break down barriers for girls in sports and instill confidence in the next generation.
Jay Williams is roundly considered one of the most prolific college basketball players in history, is an NBA analyst on ESPN’s longstanding NBA pregame show NBA Countdown and regularly contributes to several ESPN shows including Get Up, First Take and The Jump. Williams became an ESPN full-time game and studio analyst in 2008, after working for the network as a commentator in 2003. Williams joined at the start of the 2014-15 season as an analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay – the popular Saturday morning and evening college basketball program that originates from the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecasts. He was a constant on ESPN and ESPN2’s weeknight studio coverage, called select college games throughout the year and had previously called the ESPNU ACC Sunday Night Basketball series. Before joining ESPN, Williams was an analyst in 2007 for CBS College Sports Network, primarily working the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. He previously was a contributor to Fox Sports Radio 99.9 The Fan in North Carolina. As a starter for three years at Duke, Williams won the Naismith College Player of the Year award, the John R. Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Williams averaged 19.3 points per game, 6.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds for the Blue Devils, while shooting .453 from the floor and .393 from 3-point range. He also led Duke to a 95-13 (.880) record and the 2001 NCAA National Championship. He averaged double figures as a freshman, which helped earn him the ACC Rookie of the Year award in 2000 and recognition as a first-team All-America player. In his sophomore season with the Blue Devils, Williams shattered several school and NCAA records. With 841 points and a 25.7 ppg average, he topped Dick Groat’s 49-year-old record for most points in a season. Williams also set an NCAA Tournament record for 3-pointers attempted with 66. His 132 3-point field goals amounted to the sixth-highest total in NCAA history; his conference-leading 21.6 ppg designated him as the first Duke player to lead the ACC in scoring since Danny Ferry in 1989. Williams’ 6.1 assists ranked second in the league, while he also ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage (.427) and first in 3-pointers made (3.4 per game). At the final game in his junior year, Williams’ No. 22 jersey was retired at Cameron Indoor Stadium. His jersey also has been retired and hangs from the rafters at his elementary school and high school, St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, N.J. Williams was drafted second by Chicago in the 2002 NBA Draft, just behind No. 1 pick Yao Ming, and started 54 of 75 games for the Bulls in the 2002-03 season. During his first season in the NBA, his most memorable performance was a game against his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, during which Williams scored a triple-double. He also played for the U.S. National team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. An accomplished entrepreneur and spokesperson, Williams is the CEO and National Director of Special Events for Rising Stars Youth Foundation based in Long Island, N.J., using basketball as the vehicle to promote education and provide academic and financial assistance to students within the program. He is also the President and Chairman of his own company, Jay LLC. He is a member of the NBA Retired Players Association, a voting member of the John Wooden Awards Committee and sits on the board of USA Basketball, and has been the spokesperson for Athletic Advantage, a sports physical therapy and performance development center in Durham, N.C. In 2002, Williams was graduated from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business, becoming the first athlete at the university to earn a degree in just three years.
Mike Golic Jr. is a regular contributor on ESPN Radio’s Golic and Wingo, alongside the show’s co-hosts – his father Mike Golic and Trey Wingo. Golic and Wingo is on ESPN Radio weekdays from 6-10 a.m. ET. It is also simulcast on ESPNEWS (6-10 a.m.) and ESPN2 (6-8 a.m.). A former college football Academic All-American, Golic Jr. brings his football background and pop culture knowledge to the show along with his father’s classic sports commentary and humor and Wingo’s wit and deep sports expertise. In addition, Golic Jr. is a regular fixture on ESPN’s social media and digital content surrounding marquee events and key announcement shows such as the Super Bowl, NFL Draft and College Football Playoff Selection Show. He joined ESPN in November 2015, originally teaming with Golic Sr. on a college football and NFL-focused podcast, Mike & Mike Jr. Golic Jr. has also served as a guest host on Mike & Mike, a college football analyst during ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the 2015 Hawaii Bowl and was a host of the weekend program Rothenberg Mike’d Up on ESPN Radio, with Dave Rothenberg and Michael Wallace. Golic Jr. also joined ESPN Radio’s Jon “Stugotz” Weiner on the Sunday morning show Weekend Observations with Stu & Jr. Golic Jr. graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in film, television and theater. While at Notre Dame, Golic Jr. was an offensive lineman, and in 2013, he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.