Keyshawn Johnson and Jorge Sedano will host a new weekday morning show on ESPN LA 710, The Big Lead has learned from a source with knowledge of the program. The source requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The program will be locally focused.
The show will be on from 6 am. to 9 a.m. PT, and go straight up against the Dan Patrick Show, which airs on KLAC 570. Currently, the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz airs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on ESPN LA. It is not presently known to us exactly what is happening with that show on that station — i.e. whether it’s condensing to an hour, and then whether it will air live or on tape-delay, or if it will air at a different time slot — but it is worth noting that even with this possible terrestrial attrition Le Batard’s digital numbers are very robust. In June, for example, he had 5.4 million podcast impressions (a metric that combines streams and downloads). These numbers are difficult to contextualize from the outside, but are large.
Keyshawn Johnson is a former USC player and had been a national NFL analyst for ESPN from 2007 until this past offseason. Sedano joined ESPN in the Fall of 2013, and has hosted a nighttime radio show with Mark Schlereth, solo, and most recently with Israel Gutierrez. He’s filled in on numerous shows across ESPN’s radio and television platforms.
[UPDATE: LZ Granderson has also been added to the radio show. Granderson originally joined ESPN as a writer, and has since appeared across its television platforms, including spots on Around the Horn, SportsNation, Outside the Lines, First Take, and commentary for the U.S. Open.]
Jason Barrett reported in mid-August that Sedano and Keyshawn, among others, were in the mix as names that might add more local content to the station. It remains possible that a third person will join their show, which is expected to debut in the next couple weeks. An ESPN spokesperson declined to comment for this story.
Sedano is also expected to begin co-hosting a new weekly studio show, airing on ESPN2 on Mondays at 5 p.m. ET. The show, which does not yet have a title we’re aware of, is also expected to include baseball reporter Marly Rivera, and ESPN boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna. All three personalities are bilingual. The program is expected to debut in late September, though that is not set in stone.