The Jim Mattson Show

Jim Mattson Show

Jim Mattson has been Sports Director at WHOI-TV since 1990. His coverage of high school sports has won numerous state-wide awards.

Jim is a native of Morton, Illinois and a Morton High and University of Illinois graduate. He is married to Angie and the proud father of three girls- Kiruna, Aubrey and Tyla! Jim loves his job. When he’s not working, he loves family time, traveling, golfing and reading.

Tim van Straten is a Bradley grad who has been with 96.5 ESPN since 2014. He hails from Southern California and loves his west coast sports, even if it means staying up a little later every night to watch them. He does not have nearly as many awards as Jim.

Tim now lives in Morton, Illinois with his wife Amber and his rescue dog Gary.

Listen to Jim and Tim for local sports talk every weekday from 3-6pm!


Golic & Wingo

Mike Golic is a former National Football League defensive lineman. Trey Wingo, a Baylor University graduate, is an NFL Live co-host and has also been a host of the Women’s NCAA basketball tournament! Listen to Golic & Wingo on your Morning Drive weekdays from 5-9am!


The Dan Lebatard Show with stugotz

The Dan LeBatard Show

LeBatard and his co-host, “Stugotz” (Jon Weiner), will bring their unique blend of self-deprecating humor, insightful guests, thoughtful, and at times, provocative conversation to ESPN Radio’s national audience. Rotating guest co-hosts, including Bomani Jones and Greg Cote, will often join LeBatard and Stugotz to provide listeners with a slightly different experience every day.

The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz runs weekdays from 9-12pm!

stephen a. smith show

Stephen A. Smith, along with Max Kellerman, is a featured commentator on ESPN’s First Take weekdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., discussing and debating the sports topics of the day. He joined First Take on a permanent basis in 2012.

In September 2014, Smith began hosting the daily Stephen A. Smith Show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. The two-hour show is produced and broadcast from ESPN Audio’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

The Stephen A. Smith show runs weekdays from 12-2pm!

the will cain show

Will Cain is known as a sports commentator, working with ESPN since 2015. He was previously a co-host on The Ryen Russillo Show.

You can check out the Will Cain show weekdays from 2-3pm!

spain and fitz

Sarah Spain is an columnist, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Cornell University and now works as a Sports Reporter for ESPN.

Jason Fitz has changed fields numerous times, including being a licensed financial broker, the fiddle player for The Band Perry, and is now on ESPN evenings with Sarah Spain!

Spain and Fitz is on 96.5 ESPN weeknights from 6-8pm!

Freddie & Fitzsimmons

Freddie D. Coleman joined ESPN Radio on June 26, 2004 as a co-host of the then-nightly primetime program GameNight. Joing him is Ian Fitzsimmons, a former producer of GameNight.

Listen to Freddie & Fitzsimmons weeknights from 8-12am on 96.5 ESPN.

Dari & Mel

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Dari Nowkhah and NFL draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. team up for ESPN Radio’s Dari and Mel, a weekly show on Saturdays 8:00am-Noon ET.  Mel Kiper, Jr. has been a staple on ESPN Radio and so has Nowkhah. Now, they co-host for a show that airs up until the college football season. The show previews the weekend’s action plus feature analysis and opinion, interviews with athletes and coaches and the day’s biggest newsmakers and listener interaction.

Nowkhah, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, joined ESPN in 2004, while Kiper has served as expert analyst for ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage since 1984. Each has previous ESPN Radio experience, Nowkhah hosting the network’s 8pm-1am ET GameNight block, and Kiper co-hosting the 10am-1pm ET part of SportsCenter Saturday.

Marty & McGee

Tune in Saturday from 1 pm – 3 pm. Previously a podcast, a sports talk show infused with humor and storytelling, hosted by ESPN bureau reporter Marty Smith and ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee. The show is broadcast out of Charlotte, N.C. Tune in Saturday from 1 pm – 3 pm on 96.5 ESPN.

Dickerson & Hood

Hosted by ESPN Chicago voices Jeff Dickerson and Jonathan Hood, the show brings together listener interactions and previews and reaction to the day’s sporting events.

Tune in Saturday nights from 6-10pm.