Paul Finebaum’s time on the radio is over for now. This is the first time in more than 20 years that Finebaum is not on the radio! On Monday Finebaum’s contract with Jox 94.5 expired. And as a result his radio show has been taken off the air. One has to wonder where Paul Finebaum will end up. If he wants to stay in the Birmingham radio market he will have to serve a three-month non-compete clause. Some people think Finebaum could end up at 97.3 the Zone. Finebaum could also decide to return to Jox 94.5.
But the door is wide open right now if he wants to jump into the national radio landscape. Paul Finebaum has had talks with CBS, ESPN, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio about creating a national radio show. No doubt, I believe Paul Finebaum will be making much more money where ever he goes. And his audience will follow him! Some folks do not like Paul Finebaum and his regular callers. But his show actually describes the culture in the south! Some Auburn fans blame Mr. Finebaum’s show for encouraging Harvey Updyke to poison the Toomer’s Corner Trees. I don’t know about that.
Paul Finebaum is arguably the most popular person in Alabama sports radio. Sure, some of his regular callers can get on other people’s nerves. But he also does some good things as well. Finebaum flew up to Waterloo, IA to visit Robert who is a regular caller to the show. This was great!
I enjoy listening to the Paul Finebaum Radio Network. Finebaum and the guests on the show really do know their sports stuff. One wish I would like to see is the Paul Finebaum show simulcasted on TV. Many other popular talk or sports radio shows are also shown on TV. For the next three months, Paul Finebaum will be enjoying a little time off. At least he will still make appearances on FOX 6!
- Paul Finebaum Leaves WJOX (whnt.com)
- Paul Finebaum’s Best Calls (newyorker.com)
- Reeves Wiedeman: How Paul Finebaum became the voice of college football in the South. (newyorker.com)
- Finebaum’s Football Fans (newyorker.com)