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Friday truly marked the end of an era for ESPN and ESPN Radio. After 17 overwhelmingly fruitful years together, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic aired their final episode of “Mike & Mike.” Greenberg will now prepare for his new morning show, “Get Up,” which is set to debut April 2, while Golic will carry on with the radio show, alongside Trey Wingo.

In their final moments on air, Golic and Greenberg summoned their families to the set, then signed off by thanking their viewers.

Greenberg: The most important words I can think of are “thank you.” Thank you to all of you for choosing this all these years.

Golic: Yep, thank you very much. As Greeny said, we’ll be around. I’ve got a week, but I’ll be around, and he’ll be around in a few months, but this is the last time we can sign off together.

Greenberg: Final words, from our families to yours: Thank you.

Golic: Thank you very much. Mike and Mike signing off.

Golic and Greenberg’s final show was somewhat of a monument to their 17 years of partnership. Greeny opened the show by estimating the two had done 14,000 hours of radio together. Later, ESPN president John Skipper joining the final hour to reminisce and announce the construction of a playground in the hosts’ honor.

It was nice to see Golic and Greenberg enjoy a joyous send-off after a series of reports last spring suggested they no longer spoke off air and that the show could end prematurely as a result of their personal discord. The two hosts persistently denied any acrimony and lamented how the story played out publicly, but there was enough smoke that it was fair to worry the show would end unceremoniously.

Instead, one of the most successful radio shows of its era got to celebrate its final episode, a remarkable 17 years after Greeny’s joke about the No. 10 christened the partnership.

As you might expect, numerous current and former ESPN colleagues congratulated Golic and Greenberg on their final show and thanked them for nearly two decades of morning entertainment.

As Golic said in Friday’s close, this is certainly not the end for either he nor his (now former) partner. Greenberg will be on ESPN every morning, alongside Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose on a talk show built around him, while Golic will take a week off, then team with Wingo beginning on Nov. 27.

About Alex Putterman

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  • Hephaestus

    Bye, Greenberg. You lost this game hard.

    • 66pugs99

      By becoming a millionaire, and getting his own sportcenter show, something that’s never happened in the history of sports TV? Oh ya, he lost alright.

      • Hephaestus

        It won’t last long. He cannot carry a show like this.

  • Before the haters get here, I am just going to bid this duo a fond farewell, and wish both well. I don’t quite get the decision to build the future of ESPN mornings around a nearly middle aged New York Jew (though speaking as another nearly middle aged NY Jew, I would be happy to take the job if he changes his mind). Or the choice to go with Trey Wingo instead of Adnan Virk or someone else younger. But for now, I will tip my hat to the Mikes.

    • 66pugs99

      Well said. i agree with you that they are completely missing it with Adnan Virk. Easily one of the most likable personalities in sports media today, yet very interesting to listen to and really funny. You don’t find that combination to easily in sports today, and someone who has the intelligence to carry a conversation for 4 hours.

      • Gimme Gimme Octopus

        I can’t believe they went with Will Cain as Rusillo’s new co-host. The chemistry between Adnan and Ryen is so strong and entertaining…I really think they have no clue what to do with their radio line-up.

        • 66pugs99

          Agreed. Cain is unlistenable, while Adnan brought out much of the best in what SVP did with Russillo. Sadly, ESPN is listening to the white noise coming from people who have too much time on their hands.

  • Ron D

    My love/hate relationship with this duo continued thru the last few years of the show. It was time for M&M to split and I do appreciate their efforts during the run of the show.

  • YouAreWrongAndDumb

    Good riddance. Now to salt the earth behind them so no other similarly terrible radio program can rise up in its place.

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  • TampaD

    Good riddance.

  • crs44

    Bad-bye. Terrible show.

  • sportsfan365

    Somebody on the staff probably scripted the phone call for them.

  • Sergeant2

    Watching Mike & Mike was an every morning routine, just like my morning cup of coffee. But ESPN couldn’t leave well enough alone, they kept tweaking the show to where you got less and less of actual Mike & Mike. As for today’s send off show it would have been fitting if there was a glass panel separating Golic and Greeny. You could tell this wasn’t two close personal friends parting ways. Greenberg and family on one side, and Golic and family on the other. Just two coworkers, one going one way, and the other going another way.

  • MrBull

    The benefit to living on the West Coast, waking up after ‘Mike and Mike’ goes off the air each day….

  • Ham & Egging It

    I feel bad for Trey. The Golic’s will be a heavy lode to carry all by himself.

  • 66pugs99

    I think many don’t realize what an awful barren landscape sports radio was before Mike and Mike. Just people yelling into the microphone thinking that it was content – aka, the old Fox Sports radio with incredibly intelligent takes like “Peyton Manning has never done anything in his life”. They were pioneers of the likable sports hosts, that could actually be interesting for 4 hours, and that the whole family could listen to in the morning while going off to life. And in the beginning, they did it all themselves. Yes, they stayed a few years too long, but they made for accessible modern sports radio for everyone, not just sports fans. They were a huge part of the sports boom that you see in the billions in sports today as they brought in many, who were outside jock sports culture.

  • Charybdis

    I’ll be shocked if Greenberg’s new show is still on the air after a year…ESPN is a rudderless ship these days

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    Golic is going to look like the smart one in about 18 months