Fox Sports Radio, which just announced the signing of Stephen A. Smith as a host for its network lineup, has no place to put him. Yet.
The former ESPN Radio voice who has recently regained his spot as a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist will join the Fox Radio Net as a host starting Jan. 4. But there are no further details.
Smith is a regular fill-in for the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, but that probably won’t preclude Fox from putting him the very early AM slot (6 to 9 a.m.) to start things off. In L.A., it would not be heard — Dan Patrick’s show runs in the same time slot and has been well entrenched, as the lead-in to the Jim Rome Show (9 a.m. to noon) on KLAC-AM 570.
FSR has Steve Hartman and Chris Myers in the noon to 4 p.m. spot, and Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith in the 4-to-7 p.m. spot. That’s the jump into the night with with the recently re-established Tony Bruno Show (7 to 10 p.m.), which pushed J.T. The Brick (10 p.m. to 3 a.m.) even further into the darkness.
So where does Stephen A. fit?
Qute frankly, that noon to 4 p.m. spot will likely be his — with or without Hartman as his sidekick — when Chris Myers’ contract ends. That’s also where Smith did most of his radio work back in his ESPN days could use the biggest boost in the FSR lineup.
“I can’t begin to convey how excited I am to be with Fox Sports Radio,” Smith said in a release. “I’ve thoroughly missed being on the airwaves expressing myself, my thoughts and my passions. I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the folks at Fox Sports Radio for this tremendous opportunity. I’m hyped, psyched and ready to go. Buckle up and let’s get this party started.”
Don Martin, the Fox Sports Radio VP/GM based in L.A., adds: “His broadcast experience and industry connections, combined with his tell-it-like-it-is style, will make a great addition to the top-quality, sports entertainment programming we deliver to our audience.”