May 212013


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Paul Finebaum will leave Birmingham to begin hosting a radio and television show in Charlotte, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

In Charlotte, Finebaum will be part of a package that includes a radio program on ESPN networks, 100 televised appearances annually on ESPN and a TV simulcast of his radio show on the ESPN-owned SEC Network that is launching in August 2014, the WSJ reported.

“It would be the understatement of my life to say I wasn’t thrilled,” Finebaum said in the WSJ report. “It is incredibly exciting to be part of a new adventure, particularly one that involves the premiere brand in sports along with the pre-eminent conference in sports.”

Finebaum has a five-year contract. Neither he nor ESPN would give financial details, the WSJ reported.

Finebaum has spent his entire radio career in Birmingham. He has been off the air here since his contract with WJOX-FM expired in January.

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