Mike Greenberg

One of the worst-kept sports media secrets for seemingly more than a decade is that Mike Greenberg would be hosting his own morning show on ESPN. We finally got the announcement earlier this year, and with Greeny in lame-duck status on his “Mike & Mike” radio show, he’s looking back and looking ahead.

Greenberg tells the Chicago Tribune that the show, which will originate from spanking brand-new studios in New York starting next year, will be called “Get Up.” The show will also include Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose, and will debut sometime in the spring of 2018.

“It’s a terrific title because it can mean a lot of different things — not just ‘wake up’ but ‘let’s get going and be the best we can be today,'” he wrote. “Get up with Greeny and Beadle and Jalen. It’s perfect.”

Whether it becomes part of the breakfast show lexicon like “Today,” “Good Morning America,” or ”CBS This Morning” is totally up to the American people. Greenberg tells the Tribune that “Get Up” will air from 7-10 a.m. ET and also be simulcast on Sirius XM. He also said that while reports had the show built with him in mind, it wasn’t ever going to be a solo project:

“From its inception to when it was pitched to me and the moment that I agreed to do it, this was not going to be a solo show. I am absolutely thrilled we’re able to get Beadle and Jalen and we’re still fleshing out what the rest will be.”

Greenberg said there’s no launch date set in stone as of yet. He said the construction for the new set is underway and added. “I don’t want to attach a date to it, but it will be here before we know it.”

As for his final week with co-host Mike Golic, Greenberg said he’s glad people have enjoyed listening and watching:

“I’m so pleased that people have enjoyed it. At least speaking for me, I’ve enjoyed it even more. All good things come to an end, and I guess this is our time. Look, a week and a half after we wrap up, Mike will be back on with another show (with Wingo) and it’s going to be really good. It won’t be exactly the same, but it will be really good. Hopefully people will like that too and then at some point I’ll be back. So we’ll still, in other ways, hopefully be part of people’s morning routines.”

So for the next few months, Greenberg will have some down time while preparing for the launch of “Get Up.” It will be a different look, but Greenberg knows that he’ll have the promotional push from ESPN and Disney to get it off the ground.

[Chicago Tribune]

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