Paul Finebaum calls coronavirus 'most challenging crisis I’ve faced as a host'
ESPN announced this weekend that “The Paul Finebaum Show” will return to the SEC Network on Monday. For the past two weeks, the SEC Network has aired team “Takeover” days while the Finebaum Show has continued on ESPN Radio. Finebaum spoke to AL.com’s Mark Heim about what it’s been like hosting a sports talk show while sports are shutdown.
“This has easily been the most challenging crisis I’ve faced as a host,” Finebaum said. “Every day is different. And the uncertainty around the corner is daunting. However, I am encouraged by the resolve of so many who are contributing in every facet of life. It’s scary and unsettling and often during the last two weeks, I have found myself down and disillusioned, disoriented and depressed.”
As one might imagine, it has been a different type of “Finebaum” during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The audience had passed along hope and optimism and a healthy dose of spirit and faith,” he said. “I have never felt more fortunate or blessed to have this job, to have something to do every day, to be able to interact with friends and especially the audience.”
SEC Network’s televised format of the show will feature a slate sharing dial-in information for callers, showcasing the live audio from the ESPN Radio broadcast of the show.