Chiney and Golic Jr. are plugged in to what’s going on, and the two are well connected with industry headliners and influencers. One was the first overall pick and a successful professional athlete, the other, well not so much. With a finger on the pulse of sports and culture, your afternoon drive will never be the same.
Chiney Ogwumike is a full-time multi-platform ESPN commentator and forward for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. The Texas native of Nigerian descent joined ESPN in 2017 to co-anchor SportsCenter across Africa and served as a part-time WNBA and NBA in studio analyst. In 2018, she became one of the only full-time professional athletes to hold a full-time national sports media position. Chiney regularly appears on SportsCenter, The Jump, Get Up! and First Take in addition to anchoring SportsCenter Africa. Prior to ESPN, Chiney worked as an analyst for Pac-12 Network and NBATV. The Two-time WNBA All-Star (2014, 2018), and current WNBA Players Association (WNBPA) vice president, was the 1st overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, coming out of Stanford University, and the league’s Rookie of the Year. Chiney and her sister Nneka Ogwumike join Peyton and Eli Manning as the only siblings ever selected number one overall in a professional sports league. At Stanford, Chiney was a three-time First Team All-American, two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, four-time All-Pac 12 First Team, and finalist for multiple national Player of the Year awards, each of the last three seasons. Chiney led Stanford to three Final Fours while distinguishing herself in academics, earning multiple honors for her academic success, including the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Chiney earned gold medals with USA Basketball at the FIBA 3×3 World Championships in August 2012 and with the USA Basketball World University Games team in 2011. Chiney is passionate about giving back and empowering the next generation. She spent the spring of 2013 studying abroad in Nigeria where she successfully raised $30,000 to build a basketball court for underprivileged youth in an effort to break down barriers for girls in sports and instill confidence in the next generation.
Mike Golic Jr.is a regular contributor on ESPN Radio’s Golic and Wingo, alongside the show’s co-hosts – his father Mike Golic and Trey Wingo. Golic and Wingo is on ESPN Radio weekdays from 6-10 a.m. ET. It is also simulcast on ESPNEWS (6-10 a.m.) and ESPN2 (6-8 a.m.). A former college football Academic All-American, Golic Jr. brings his football background and pop culture knowledge to the show along with his father’s classic sports commentary and humor and Wingo’s wit and deep sports expertise. In addition, Golic Jr. is a regular fixture on ESPN’s social media and digital content surrounding marquee events and key announcement shows such as the Super Bowl, NFL Draft and College Football Playoff Selection Show. He joined ESPN in November 2015, originally teaming with Golic Sr. on a college football and NFL-focused podcast, Mike & Mike Jr. Golic Jr. has also served as a guest host on Mike & Mike, a college football analyst during ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the 2015 Hawaii Bowl and was a host of the weekend program Rothenberg Mike’d Up on ESPN Radio, with Dave Rothenberg and Michael Wallace. Golic Jr. also joined ESPN Radio’s Jon “Stugotz” Weiner on the Sunday morning show Weekend Observations with Stu & Jr. Golic Jr. graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in film, television and theater. While at Notre Dame, Golic Jr. was an offensive lineman, and in 2013, he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.