Published on Monday, 04 October 2010 14:01
The live television simulcast of the syndicated radio program "The Dan Patrick Show" is set to air LIVE each morning on Chicago's Comcast SportsNet each weekday morning, beginning later this month.
Dan Patrick began this newest version of his own radio show on October 1st, 2007, upon leaving ESPN after a long 17 year stint there as their top anchor/show host. The televised version of his morning radio show began airing exclusively on DirecTV's all-original channel, the 101 Network, on August 3, 2009, expanding on the radio show format using Patrick's trademark humor and interaction with his production staff.
Today, DirecTV announced that a syndication deal was struck with FOX Sports Net, allowing them to distribute the television version of the "Dan Patrick Show" radio program through regional sports networks nationwide, potentially reaching more than 85 million homes. This also marks the first time that a programming distributor has sold its original content into national syndication.
"I'm proud that the show we've developed will be seen by even more fans," said Dan Patrick in a statement today. "DirecTV took a radio show and seamlessly developed it into a hybrid of radio and television in one show. And it's not stagnant. It's not us doing a radio show with two cameras showing us talking. We will show you the good and bad of what goes on during a show and during the breaks. If we screw up, we can't hide it."
Chicago's Comcast SportsNet will begin airing "The Dan Patrick Show" live each weekday morning from 8:00am-11:00am starting on October 25th. Throughout the three hour "Dan Patrick Show," CSN will also provide viewers with local SportsNet Central sports news updates, so both national and local sports news will be delivered live every morning.
Dan Patrick's radio show is currently heard on over 200 affiliates nationwide via FOX Sports Radio every weekday morning, although it is not heard live on any Chicago area radio station. (WSCR-AM replays the show almost a full day after it begins, in the overnight/early morning hours.) The show is a cutting edge, topical sports entertainment program, which features the latest national sports news and top-tier sports guests. The show also often dips into pop culture commentary and has fun interplay between Patrick and his producers, jokingly known as "The Danettes." (Their real names are: Paul Pabst, Patrick O'Connor, Andrew Perloff and Todd Fritz.)
Patrick is one of the nation's most popular sports media personalities, known for his vast knowledge of sports, news and pop culture, along with his quick deadpan wit. In addition to his daily radio show, he also serves as co-host on NBC-TV's "Football Night in America" and is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated magazine & website. He also was a big contributor to NBC Sports' coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.
Patrick, 54, was born Daniel Patrick Pugh in Mason, OH, but dropped his last name when he went into sports media. His brother, Bill Pugh, is a veteran sports radio executive (Sporting News Radio, WMVP-AM), and was the Operations Manager at Clear Channel San Diego up until about three months ago, when he was released.