Cowherd Signs With Fox Sports

As expected, former ESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd has landed at Fox Sports, the company announced Wednesday.

Cowherd, who was dismissed at ESPN late last month over controversial comments surrounding Dominican Republic-born baseball players, will launch on Sept. 8 The Herd, a three-hour weekday talk show to air simultaneouslyon Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Radio Network, said network officials.

Cowherd will also be featured as part of Fox’s Fox NFL Kickoff pre-game show, as well as Fox Sports 1’s coverage of Jim Harbaugh’s debut as Michigan head coach when Utah hosts the Wolverines Sept. 3, said network officials.

“Colin is the first person I hired for my first daily studio show at ESPN, so it’s fitting that he’s the first one I’m hiring at FS1,” said Jamie Horowitz, President, Fox Sports National Networks.  “Colin is a unique voice in sports media with a loyal following of fans, and we’re looking forward to building our daytime programming around him.”

Added Cowherd: “It’s hard to put into words how much fun it is for me, as a broadcaster, to build something with really smart, talented people. I can’t wait for this next chapter in my career to start.  FOX Sports is the perfect spot for me at this time in my life.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.