Michael Todd Tirico (/tɪˈriːkoʊ/; born December 13, 1966) is an American sportscaster working for NBC Sports. He is perhaps best known for his 10-year run as an NFL play-by-play announcer on ESPN's Monday Night Football from 2006 to 2015. During his 25 year tenure with ESPN, Tirico also called a multitude of sports for the network, including the NBA, college football and basketball, golf, tennis, and hockey. He was one of the anchors of ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup along with Bob Ley.
Tirico left ESPN when his contract expired in the summer of 2016, and was subsequently hired by NBC Sports. Tirico debuted during its coverage of the 2016 Open Championship. Although it was reported that NBC had intended Tirico to serve as the lead play-by-play for newly acquired portion of the Thursday Night Football package, contractual obligations required the positions to be filled by NBC's existing Sunday Night Football broadcast team. However, Tirico would call a limited schedule of games from both packages in the 2016 season, primarily as a substitute for lead commentator Al Michaels, and on several NFL Network-exclusive games. Tirico would become the lead play-by-play commentator for NBC's Thursday Night Football games in the 2017 season. After calling three Notre Dame games in 2016, Tirico also replaced Dan Hicks as the full-time play-by-play man for Notre Dame football in 2017.
On February 9, 2017, it was announced that Tirico would become primetime host of NBC's coverage of the Olympics, beginning at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and as the on-site host for NBC's coverage of the NFL beginning in the 2017 season, both replacing veteran sportscaster, Bob Costas. In August 2018, he was named the new studio host of NBC's Football Night in America, replacing Dan Patrick.
Tirico in 2017.
Michael Todd Tirico
December 13, 1966
NBC Sports (2016–present)
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Tirico joined ESPN in 1991 as a SportsCenter anchor, after four years as Sports Director at CBS affiliate WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York, during his undergraduate years at Syracuse University. Tirico is noted for his versatile nature and the variety of assignments he has handled for SportsCenter. Tirico was the very first host seen on ESPNews. Tirico has handled the play-by-play for ESPN's Thursday night college football package (1997 to 2005), college basketball coverage (1997 to 2002), NBA coverage (2002 to 2016), and golf coverage for ESPN/ABC (1997 to 2015). Tirico has also hosted studio coverage of various ESPN and ABC covered events, including a stint on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown (previously known as NFL Prime Monday) from 1993 to 2001 and ABC's NBA studio shows. He also broadcasts NBA games on ESPN/ABC and usually does play-by-play for the NBA Finals on ESPN Radio. He anchored the 2009 U.S. Open (tennis) and co-anchored the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016 (his last assignment at ESPN).
On May 9, 2016, after a leak the prior month, it was officially announced that Mike Tirico would join NBC Sports effective July 1, 2016. Tirico signed off for the last time on ESPN on June 30, 2016, during the conclusion of that day's coverage of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Tirico's first on-air appearance on an NBC property came during the 2016 Open Championship on NBC's Golf Channel, calling play-by-play for the first three hours of first and second round coverage. Tirico moved to the studio host role in the afternoons on both Thursday and Friday, and he hosted all on the coverage on NBC proper over the weekend.
Tirico served as a studio host and contributor for NBC's broadcasts of the 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio de Janeiro in August. Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated suggested that Tirico could potentially succeed Bob Costas as the primetime host of NBC's Olympics coverage. NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus explained following the 2014 Winter Olympics that the division had begun to "think about what life after Bob might be, whether post-Rio, post-Pyeongchang, post-Tokyo, whenever he does not want to do it anymore." Deitsch also felt that Tirico's experience in radio could allow him to contribute to the NBC Sports Radio network.
Sports Business Journal initially reported that Tirico would serve as NBC's lead play-by-play announcer for Thursday Night Football (which was expanding to NBC during the upcoming season), and was likely to be a future successor to Al Michaels. The NFL later stated that its contract with NBC required that the network use its lead play-by-play commentator for all primetime broadcasts. In the meantime, Tirico called the two preseason games allocated to NBC, and was placed on play-by-play for NBC's first three Notre Dame college football games to fill in for Dan Hicks, due to Hicks' conflicts with his lead play-by-play role on NBC's golf coverage, including the 2016 Ryder Cup. Tirico would join Hicks to host Sunday coverage of the event.
Tirico was assigned to two late-season games in the Thursday Night Football package produced for NFL Network, held on a Saturday and Christmas Sunday respectively, with Doug Flutie and Tony Dungy. In November 2016, NBC announced that Tirico would perform play-by-play with Cris Collinsworth on three Sunday Night Football games (including the Thanksgiving primetime game) and one Thursday Night Football game, filling in for Al Michaels. Michaels had requested time off due to NBC's increased NFL workload.
On February 9, 2017, Bob Costas announced that he would be retiring as the primetime host of NBC's coverage of the Olympics, and that Tirico would replace him beginning at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Tirico also replaced Costas as studio host for NBC's NFL coverage and Football Night in America.
On May 31, 2017, it was announced that Mike Tirico would permanently replace Al Michaels as the play-by-play commentator for all of NBC's Thursday Night Football games. In 2017, Tirico took over the role of Tom Hammond in Triple Crown coverage, and succeeded Dan Hicks full-time as the play-by-play commentator for Notre Dame football.
In the 2018 season, after losing Thursday Night Football to Fox, Tirico was assigned to NBC's Thanksgiving game, joined by his Football Night in America colleagues Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison. He also called two NFL Network Special games in December.
On February 20, 2019, Tirico called his first NHL game on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Hockey, between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, joined by Eddie Olczyk on color commentator and Brian Boucher as the "Inside-the-Glass" reporter. Although he has served as studio host for selected NHL broadcasts, this marked his first broadcast as commentator. His performance was well-received by viewers and sportswriters.
Tirico has been paired in the college football booth with Tim Brant, Terry Bowden, Mike Gottfried, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and David Norrie. His partners in NBA coverage have included Tom Tolbert, Hubie Brown, and Greg Anthony. His color commentators for golf coverage were Curtis Strange, Ian Baker-Finch, Nick Faldo, and Paul Azinger. He has worked with Len Elmore on college basketball coverage. Tirico worked with Jon Gruden on NFL Monday Night Football and also the Outback Bowl (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and Orange Bowl (2011 and 2012).
Tirico hosted his first show from WAER radio in Syracuse, the station where he started his sports broadcasting career, on the campus of Syracuse University. Fellow Orange alum Bob Costas was his first guest. On September 20, 2007, Tirico began hosting the short-lived The Mike Tirico Show on ESPN Radio with co-host Scott Van Pelt (later renamed Tirico &Van Pelt in May 2008), replacing Dan Patrick in its previous timeslot. On May 19, 2009, Tirico announced he would be leaving the show to focus more on his television duties; the show would carry on as The Scott Van Pelt Show, with Ryen Russillo becoming the new co-host.
Tirico's period at ESPN was not without controversy. Two books about the network, ESPN: The Uncensored History (2000) by former New York Times sportswriter Michael Freeman and 2011's These Guys Have All the Fun (by Washington Post writers James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales), recount allegations of sexual harassment. Tirico, for example, was suspended by the network for three months in 1992 for multiple incidents involving attempted groping, sexual solicitation, and stalking of female co-workers.
Following the ouster of NBC colleague Matt Lauer in late 2017 over sexual misconduct, along with other high-profile names in the media industry, the network indicated it knew of Tirico's past when it hired him from ESPN and received assurances from Tirico that he had changed. Thus NBC has no intention of replacing him on Olympics coverage. According to John Wildhack, a former ESPN executive who is now the athletics director at Syracuse, "That happened well over two decades ago and Mike has been nothing but the consummate professional (since)."
Tirico grew up in Queens, New York, and graduated from Bayside High School and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Tirico and his wife, Debbie, have two children. The Tiricos have lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1999.
Despite his dark skin and non-white features, Tirico claims he is not African American. He has stated that he’s seen pictures of his father and immediate family, all of whom are white. "The only contact I had growing up was with my mom’s side of the family. And they are all as white as the refrigerator I’m standing in front of right now." In regard to a genealogical test to see if he has a black ancestor, he said "Yeah. I’d like to find out the truth at some point, so I can answer questions for my kids", but made it clear he does not feel any urgency.
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When the Bowl Championship Series was formed in 1998, television coverage was consolidated on the ABC Television Network. Beginning with the 2006 season, the Fox Broadcasting Company took over television coverage of the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl games. ABC retained the Rose Bowl game under a separate contract. Radio broadcast coverage has been on ESPN Radio.ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime
ESPN College Football Primetime is a live game presentation of Division 1-FBS college football on ESPN. In the past, the presenting sponsor was Cooper Tires, but since the 2006 season, the current presenting sponsor is Applebee's. The game telecast airs every Thursday night at 7:45pm ET during the college football regular season. The game is preceded by a 30-minute segment with Adnan Virk, Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer, all of whom also appear on the halftime report. This game telecast is also presented in high definition on ESPNHD.
It has broadcast games from numerous conferences including the SEC, ACC and the Big East. This game is often seen as the ESPN Game of the Week along with the Saturday night telecast.
The most visible voices of ESPN College Football Primetime over the years have been Mike Tirico, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, but none remain in the booth, with Tirico and Herbstreit being promoted and Corso cutting back on his schedule. The current commentators are Dave Flemming on play-by-play and Laura Rutledge as field reporter along with a group of rotating ESPN analysts since 2017.Football Sunday on ESPN Radio
Football Sunday on ESPN Radio is a weekly radio program dedicated to the National Football League (NFL) every Sunday from 1 pm ET to 7:30 pm ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio. The current host of the show is Jonathan Coachman. Analysts include former defensive back Eric Allen, former quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, and former wide receiver Tom Waddle. The program originates from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut and is sponsored by Progressive.
Coachman, Allen, Hasselbeck and Waddle bring listeners the up-to-the-minute action during the NFL Sunday afternoon games. The program also brings the latest scores every ten minutes with Marc Kestecher on either the Scoreboard Update or ESPN Radio SportsCenter. After the games, they are also joined by some of the biggest players of the day to talk about their respective game, and get ready for Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football with guests like John Clayton, Chris Mortensen and Qadry Ismail.
Former hosts of the program have included Mike Tirico (1993–96), Trey Wingo (2001–03), Erik Kuselias (2004–05), John Seibel (2006–07), Ryen Russillo (2008–09), Freddie Coleman (2010-12), and Adnan Virk (2011–12).
The series was historically known as the NFL on ESPN Radio until the 2013 season, even though the league never officially endorsed the broadcast.List of Alamo Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Alamo Bowl throughout the years.List of ESPN/ABC golf commentators
The following is a list of commentators who worked for ABC's Wide World of Sports golf coverage from 1966-1989 and 1990-1996 and the ESPN/ABC combined effort for coverage of both the PGA Tour (1997-2006) and the major championships (1997-present).List of Holiday Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Holiday Bowl throughout the years.List of Masters Tournament broadcasters
CBS has televised the Masters in the United States every year since 1956, when it used six cameras and covered only the final four holes. Tournament coverage of the first eight holes did not begin until 1995 because of resistance from the tournament organizers, but by 2007, more than 50 cameras were used. Chairman Jack Stephens felt that the back nine was always more "compelling", increased coverage would increase the need for sponsorship spending, and that broadcasting the front nine of the course on television would cut down on attendance and television viewership for the tournament. USA Network added first- and second-round coverage in 1982. The Masters has been broadcast every year in high-definition television since 2000, one of the first golf tournaments to ever hold that distinction. In 2008, ESPN replaced USA as broadcaster of early-round coverage. These broadcasts use the CBS Sports production staff and commentators, although then-ESPN personality Mike Tirico previously served as a studio host (replacing Bill Macatee's role under USA Network).List of NBA Finals broadcasters
The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast NBA Finals games over the years.List of NFL draft broadcasters
The following is a list of broadcasters of the NFL draft.List of Outback Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Outback Bowl throughout the years.List of The Open Championship broadcasters
As of 2017, European Tour Productions serves as the host broadcaster for the Open Championship. The host broadcaster, as well as British and American broadcasters Sky Sports and NBC Sports respectively, utilized a total of 175 cameras during the 2016 tournament.NBA Countdown
NBA Countdown, branded for sponsorship purposes as NBA Countdown Presented By Straight Talk Wireless or Mountain Dew, is a pregame television show airing prior to National Basketball Association (NBA) telecasts on ABC and ESPN.
NBA Countdown typically airs thirty minutes prior to games on ABC and ESPN. In 2006, the first and so far only one-hour edition of the pregame show aired, prior to Game 1 of the 2006 NBA Finals.NBA on ESPN
The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. The ESPN cable network first televised NBA games from 1983 to 1984, and has been airing games currently since the 2002–03 NBA season. ESPN2 began airing a limited schedule of NBA games in 2002. ESPN on ABC began televising NBA games in 2006 (ABC Sports aired NBA games under the title of the NBA on ABC from 2002 to 2006). On October 6, 2014, ESPN and the NBA renewed their agreement through 2025.NBC Sports
NBC Sports is the programming division of the American broadcast network NBC, owned by the NBCUniversal Television Group division of NBCUniversal, that is responsible for sports broadcasts on the network, and its dedicated national sports cable channels. Formerly operating as "a service of NBC News", it broadcasts a diverse array of sports events, including the Olympic Games, the NFL, NASCAR, the NHL, Notre Dame football, the PGA Tour, the IndyCar Series, the French Open, the Premier League, and the Triple Crown, among others. Other programming from outside producers – such as coverage of the Ironman Triathlon – is also presented on the network through NBC Sports. With Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal, its own cable sports networks were aligned with NBC Sports into a part of the division known as the NBC Sports Group.The Ryen Russillo Show
The Ryen Russillo Show was a syndicated sports talk radio show hosted by Ryen Russillo. It was a part of ESPN Radio from 1 pm to 4 pm, with all three hours also simulcasted on ESPNews. On April 26, 2017 Danny Kanell was let go by ESPN after a number of personnel were laid off, leaving only Russillo to host the show.
December 22, 2017 was the last day of The Ryen Russillo Show due to a contract dispute, although Russillo's contract runs until August 2018. He will be doing weekly podcasts until his contract expires. Will Cain took over the timeslot with his own radio show on January 2, 2018.The previous version of the show was launched as The Scott Van Pelt Show on July 6, 2009, replacing Tirico & Van Pelt, which was co-hosted by Scott Van Pelt and Mike Tirico. That show began on September 20, 2007 as The Mike Tirico Show, with Van Pelt, Michele Tafoya and Kirk Herbstreit as rotating co-hosts. The Mike Tirico Show aired from 1 pm to 3 pm under that title for a total of 160 shows until April 30, 2008.
On May 1, 2008 the show was officially renamed Tirico & Van Pelt. Van Pelt also began hosting the first version of The Scott Van Pelt Show, which aired from 3 pm to 4 pm, immediately following T&VP. Van Pelt's solo hour ended in March 2009 as T&VP moved to 2 pm to 4 pm. Tirico left the series in June 2009 to focus on his work with ESPN television, and Ryen Russillo became a co-host. On October 4, 2012, the show officially changed its title to SVP & Russillo.In May 2015, Van Pelt announced that he was leaving the show to become the weeknight midnight anchor on SportsCenter starting in the late summer of 2015 (September 7).Kanell, who had been a regular substitute co-host during the SVP era, was named permanent co-host with Russillo from September 2015 until Kanell's departure in April 2017.WAER
WAER (88.3 FM) is a radio station in Syracuse, New York. It is located on the campus of Syracuse University, and is an auxiliary service of the school. The station features a jazz music and National Public Radio format, with a news and music staff providing programming around the clock. It is best known for its sports staff, which has produced the likes of Bob Costas, Marv Albert, Dick Stockton, Mike Tirico, Sean McDonough, Bill Roth, Ian Eagle, Brian Higgins, Adam Schein, Hank Greenwald, Dave O'Brien (sportscaster), Andy Musser, Beth Mowins, Andrew Catalon, Carter Blackburn, Dave Pasch, Cory Provus, Jason Benetti, Todd Kalas and many others. Lou Reed also hosted a free-format show on WAER during his time at Syracuse University; this free-format radio tradition at Syracuse is carried on by WERW. Other alums include Ted Koppel, Jerry Stiller and Dick Clark.WHBT (AM)
WHBT (1410 AM) is an American gospel music station broadcasting in Tallahassee, Florida, United States. It is licensed to and serves the Tallahassee, Florida area. The station is currently owned by Cumulus Media. Its studios are located in the westside of Tallahassee and its transmitter is based due north of downtown near I-10.
Prior to September 3, 2008, it was a sports/talk radio station known as ESPN 1410 The Fan. It has aired programs from ESPN Radio and its own studios such as Mike and Mike in the Morning, Colin Cowheard, then WHBT Sports Director Ron Vitrano's "Fan Forum". Other programs that aired were Vitrano, and ESPN's Mike Tirico. WHBT was the current home of the University of Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins Football Radio Broadcasts in Tallahassee.
On September 3, 2008 radio station WHBT abandoned all sports programming in favor of its current Gospel format. Current Program Director Darius "Doc D" Baker has added many additions to the station including Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell in the morning, Morgan Dukes in the mid-day and Doc D & Miss Monique which is a highly rated live show that airs weekdays from 3pm-6pm. Ratings for the station have increased tremendously since its change in format. Revenue has tripled
Due to its popularity and success, Heaven 1410AM now transmits on 98.3 FM also, making it the first 24-hour FM gospel station in the market!
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