Nearly 22 years of Mike Golic on the air has come to an end.
The former NFL player who became a radio star signed for the last time on Friday after a two-decade run on the air, first alongside Mike Greenberg and later alongside Trey Wingo.
The Golic family, who played a major part on the show during the show, flanked the older Golic during the closing segment of his last show. Mike Jr. held an emotional monologue and paid tribute to his father.
“You can still be our father.”
Things got very foggy in the Golic family’s basement when Mike Golic’s last ESPN radio show came to an end on Friday morning: pic.twitter.com/Ip0nUbbpcS
– Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) July 31, 2020
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Prior to ‘Mike & Mike’ in the morning, Golic hosted an ESPN morning show alongside Tony Bruno in 1998. Golic would host the show until he joined Greenberg in 2000. The show ran until Greenberg’s departure in 2017. The split between the two was public and bitter, although the two have reconciled in recent years.
“Mike & Mike” became one of the first nationally broadcast sports shows to gain a lot of appeal and was praised for the chemistry between the two Mike’s and Golic’s energy in the morning. The two were eventually inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016.
Members of the sports world reached out to Golic and wished him the best in his future endeavors.
For more than 20 years @espngolic did every weekday what most of America can’t even afford: excited in the morning. Like millions of people he accompanied to work every morning will certainly echo, and as I say to someone, he showed great kindness, #ThankYouGolic.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2020
And I cry – I feel like I grew up with Mike & Mike in the morning. I learned through that show that you can share opinions and sports news with personality. @espngolic you’ve been a great part of my (and so many others) morning routine. Thank you!
– Shae Peppler Cornette (@shaepeppler) July 31, 2020
The fact that Mike Golic is trending and has received such a positive reception from people when he ended his long run on ESPN Radio is literally why the decision to remove Golic from a permanent spot on ESPN Radio is so shortsighted.
– Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 31, 2020
The full final segment of Golic on the show can be seen below: