ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2010)—Golf Channel announced today that veteran sports broadcasters Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams will co-host the network’s first live, morning show, Morning Drive.
Set to debut Jan. 3 from 7-9 a.m. ET, Morning Drive will originate from a dedicated studio at Golf Channel’s Orlando, Fla., headquarters. Although golf content will lead the way, the weekday show also will feature news and commentary about stories making headlines around the world, finance, pop culture – even weather. In addition, some of the biggest names in golf, as well as personalities and celebrities from all walks of life, will regularly join the show as studio guests.
Kuselias comes to Golf Channel from ESPN, where he has been a host and analyst since 2003. Most recently, while at ESPN, Kuselias created and hosted the Emmy Award-winning Fantasy Football NOW, was the primary host of College Football Live and The Erik Kuselias Show on ESPN Radio, and has been a fixture on Mike and Mike in the Morning. Previously, Kuselias hosted the nationally syndicated SportsBash weekday afternoons on ESPN Radio, and in 2007, he was the anchor for NASCAR NOW, when it was nominated for an Emmy for 'Best Studio Show.'
Williams comes from Sirius Satellite Radio, where he co-hosted the early morning show on Sirius’ Mad Dog Radio. He also served as a lead host on the PGA TOUR Network on Sirius/XM. Previously, Williams hosted the top-rated morning-drive sports-formatted radio program in Charlotte, N.C., for nine years. His other on-air credits include play-by-play for ESPN and also the Carolina Panthers television network.
“Erik and Gary are welcome additions to the Golf Channel, and bring a wealth of diverse experience in broadcast journalism,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations. “Both are incredible personalities and have a vast knowledge of golf and beyond, which should create for extremely interesting content on Morning Drive.”
Said Kuselias, “It’s exciting to be part of this new Golf Channel venture and I look forward to working with Gary and the production team to bring a dynamic morning program to viewers.”
“I’ve always been impressed with Golf Channel’s high-caliber broadcasts and talented reporters and commentators,” said Williams. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Erik Kuselias and the network’s production team in creating a morning show that will both inform and entertain Golf Channel fans.”
Morning Drive joins an exciting new slate of original programming premiering this January, including the new docu-reality series Pipe Dream, which follows a homeless man’s extraordinary journey to regain his life and golf glory; the third season of The Haney Project, which will feature Rush Limbaugh as he attempts to improve his golf game under the guidance of one of the world’s best golf instructors and Tiger Woods’ former swing coach Hank Haney; and a look behind the scenes at the Trump golf empire on the second season of Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf. January also marks the start of the 2011 PGA TOUR season, with the year’s first three events exclusively on Golf Channel.
About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.