Mike Golic was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2015 (Photo/Larry Slater)
It's official: Mike and Mike are splitting up.
After nearly two decades together on the popular ESPN Radio show "Mike and Mike in the Morning," National Wrestling Hall of Fame honoree Mike Golic will be co-hosting a new morning drive show on ESPN Radio with on-air partners other than Mike Greenberg.
Golic will be paired with Trey Wingo on the new show that will broadcast from 6-10 am Eastern starting sometime this fall, according to the network. His son, Mike Golic Jr., will also join the show for the first hour each day. The new radio show will be simulcast at first on ESPN2 and later on ESPNU when the lineup changes are finalized.
It will be the first time that the two Mikes won't be partnering on the airwaves since Mike Greenberg first filled in as a co-host on Mike Golic's ESPN Chicago radio show in 1998. The "Mike and Mike in the Morning" show went national in 2000.
"One of the many benefits of working at ESPN is that change and evolution are in our DNA," Greenberg said in a statement released by the network. "My run with Golic has been an incredible experience that I'll always treasure, but having the chance to engage multiple voices every morning in a dialogue on each day's sports stories will be a great new challenge."
Golic, who joined ESPN in 1995 as a reporter and analyst for Sunday NFL Countdown, anticipates a new era at his long-time employer.
"With 'Mike and Mike'ending later this year, I am looking forward to the opportunity to begin the next chapter of the ESPN morning show with Trey and my son Mike," Golic said in a statement. "Both men will bring new and interesting voices to our morning conversations and help to create a fresh fun show for our audience. I appreciate the loyalty of those who have started their mornings with us over the years and hope they continue to do so for years to come."
Mike Golic's bio at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame opens with "Mike Golic is famous for his voice, and he made it loud and clear that wrestling deserves a place among a national audience." Golic was welcomed into the Stillwater hall as an Outstanding American in 2015.
Mike Golic (Courtesy National Wrestling Hall of Fame)Golic was a two-sport star in high school and college, making his mark on the football field and on the wrestling mat. The Willowick, Ohio native participated in both sports at St. Joseph High School outside Cleveland… then headed east to the University of Notre Dame to continue his athletic career as a grappler and on the gridiron. (Notre Dame eliminated its intercollegiate wrestling program a few years after Golic graduated.)
Golic shared his opinion on both sports in an interview with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Gazette while participating in a golf fundraiser for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in 2014.
"As I have said before, I love wrestling easily as much as I love football," Golic told sports columnist Jim Nelson.
Nelson then shared Golic's account of his heartbreaking loss in the heavyweight finals at the Ohio state wrestling championships as a senior.
After concluding his prep and collegiate careers, Mike Golic spent nine seasons as a defensive lineman in the National Football League before becoming an ESPN commentator and national morning show host.