Two prominent ESPN college football personalities team up for a weekday morning radio show on 94.5 WJOX-FM in Birmingham, Alabama. That would be Greg McElroy (seen right above) and Cole Cubelic (seen left above), and their new morning show from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. (center) will start on July 12. This news comes weeks after Ryan Brown, Jim Dunaway, and Lance Taylor revealed that their long-running morning show “The Roundtable” on WJOX was ending with a “amicable separation.” And McElroy and Cubelic’s ESPN colleague Adam Schefter tweeted about the news of their new show:
“McElroy & Cubelic in the Morning” with ESPNers in Former Jets & Alabama QB @GregMcElroy & former Auburn OL @colecubelic will be the new morning show on @WJOX945 in Birmingham, AL starting July 12. The show will be broadcast locally from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 1, 2021
For Cubelic, this is just a change in WJOX slots. In addition to his ESPN/SEC work, he has been a co-host of the station’s 10 a.m. to noon “3-Man Front” show since 2018, in addition to his work with ESPN and SEC Network since 2017. And McElroy also has radio experience beyond his ESPN work; he has been on ESPNU SiriusXM for seven years, including hosting the morning show “The First Team” with Taylor Zarzour (who moved in June 2019) and most recently hosting this show with Danny Kanell. But it will be interesting to see these two paired up, especially with their past playing for Auburn (Cubelic) and Alabama (McElroy). Here’s more about it from AL.com’s Mark Heim:
“Cole sucks, and I can’t wait to overpower him,” McElroy joked.
… “Having worked with Greg in a very limited capacity for the past few years, it constantly made me realize that I wanted to find a way for us to have a show together,” said Cubelic, the former lineman Auburn offense, to AL.com. “Being able to combine the work we put into college football with a brand as powerful as WJOX in the biggest college football market in the country was a dream scenario.
… “We moved to Birmingham four years ago because we love the people and the community,” McElroy said. “But, it’s so rewarding to come home professionally.
em>”Cole has been a great friend for a long time and it’s been a dream of ours to work together. And to be able to make that dream come true on WJOX is amazing. We hope to become college football fans’ destination for daily discussions about the best sport. in the world.
This show will also involve producer Damian Mitchell and will see contributions from Pat Smith (a longtime WJOX broadcaster and current deputy program director and co-host of 3-Man Front, as well as the new show’s executive producer) as well. . Here’s more about it from a release:
Birmingham, AL’s new morning radio show for sports fans will debut on WJOX-FM (Jox 94.5) on Monday, July 12, hosted by two Alabama gridiron greats, both premier national sportscasters plan. The program will air weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., hosted by former Alabama quarterback and ESPN college football color commentator Greg McElroy (pictured) and former offensive lineman and captain and sports analyst from Auburn University on SEC Network and ESPN Cole Cubelic.
Pat Smith, a sports media broadcaster for 25 years, will contribute to the new morning show. He is the creator of the football radio/television show “Finebaum”, hosted by Paul Finebaum. Smith is also a play-by-play broadcaster for college and high school football. He is Deputy Director of Programs at Jox 94.5 and will continue to host the station’s 3 Man Front daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Damian Mitchell rounds out the team behind the glass as producer, while adding humor and wit to the program each morning.
McElroy said: “After seven years on satellite, I am so excited to come to work in my adopted hometown of Birmingham. College football is my passion and being able to cover it from my own backyard will be incredibly rewarding. WJOX has long been the home of college football and I’m thrilled to join their lineup of talented hosts. Also, I’m very happy to finally have the opportunity to team up with Cole to share our love of football with the best BFC fans in America.
Cubelic added, “I’ve worked with Greg many times on different platforms and I’m thrilled to share the airwaves with someone who has achieved everything he has in this field. I truly believe that with the JOX brand behind us, Greg and I can develop the most informed college football show on the planet.
Ryan Haney, Cumulus Birmingham Operations Manager, said: “This is a show I’ve wanted to put on for a long time and I’m delighted to get started. Greg and Cole are two of the best minds in college football in the country. Having them in the morning on Jox 94.5 in America’s number one college football market is huge.
We’ll see how this new show pans out, but it’s certainly remarkable to see McElroy and Cubelic teaming up on radio and to see them do it outside of the ESPN family.
[radio-online.com, AL.com; photo via Barrett Sports Media]