Mike & Mike in the Morning will broadcast live, 6 a.m.-10 a.m. ET Friday, Feb. 22, from the 38th Bassmaster Classic launch site at Portman Marina on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. Fifty of the world’s top anglers will then start their three-day odyssey for a chance at $1.2 million in prizes, including the winner’s purse of $500,000 and the prestigious title of Bassmaster Classic champion.
As BASS celebrates its 40th anniversary, the world’s leader in bass fishing is pulling out all the stops to make the 2008 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 22-24, a most memorable event.
“What an incredible addition to our stellar lineup of events surrounding the 38th Bassmaster Classic,” said Tom Ricks, vice president and general manager of BASS. “We look forward to having Mike & Mike in the Morning live at Lake Hartwell.”
ESPN2 will devote 11 hours to Classic programming over the three days of competition, and www.Bassmaster.com will provide extensive hourly coverage, including live, streaming video of the daily weigh-ins.
“It’ll be new to a lot of the listeners out there,” Golic said of the live broadcast from the Classic. “A lot of these anglers have really good personalities, so they’ll be able to explain their craft, and with a little bit of humor. They could certainly open the eyes of some of the listeners to what they do.”
Golic is co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, which premiered as The Morning Show on Oct. 12, 1998, and is carried by more than 355 affiliates nationwide. He also serves as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN2’s NFL studio programming, as well as for the networks’ college football game coverage.
“I’ve seen the weigh-ins and what they do, watching the Bassmasters on TV,” Golic said. “I’m very excited to see it in person. I like being around these guys, and I’m hoping to pick up a few tips for when I take my boys fishing, so I actually look like I know what I’m doing.”
Despite the jab at himself, Golic is no slouch on the water. Having lived in Orlando in the early 1990s, he and his father regularly fished Kissimmee’s Lake Tohopekaliga, where the Bassmaster Elite Series finished up its 2007 season in September, after the NFL season was done.
“When I really want to get after it, I like fishing the shoreline, where there’s cover,” Golic said. “I like popping a worm in and out, working around structure, stuff like that.”
ESPN’s Erik Kuselias, who frequently participates in the morning radio show, will co-host with Golic in South Carolina. Mike Greenberg, the other half of Mike & Mike who joined Golic on The Morning Show in January 2000, has the day off.
Golic was a defensive tackle in the NFL for nine years, playing with the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. During his seven years in Philadelphia, he began his television career with a weekly segment on The Randall Cunningham Show. He received a Mid-Atlantic Region Emmy Award for his feature “Golic’s Got It.”
He is a 1985 graduate of Notre Dame, where he served as captain of the football team during his senior season. He also wrestled for the Fighting Irish.
Official sponsors for the 2008 Bassmaster Classic: Toyota Tundra, Advance Auto Parts, Berkley, Lowrance, Mercury, Purolator, Skeeter and Yamaha.
For 40 years, BASS has served as the authority on bass fishing. With its considerable multimedia platforms and expansive tournament trail, BASS is guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications Bassmaster Magazine, BASS Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer, considerable Internet properties in www.Bassmaster.com and www.ESPNOutdoors.com and television programming on ESPN2, the organization is committed to providing relevant content, from tips and techniques to in-depth tournament coverage, to its passionate audiences.
The organization oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail, which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Women’s Bassmaster Tour and the Bassmaster Classic, the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing. Through its grassroots network, the BASS Federation Nation, BASS sanctions more than 20,000 annual events.
BASS also offers a wide array of services to its more than 525,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.
For more information, call BASS Communications at (407) 566-2208. To join BASS, visit www.Bassmaster.com or call 1-877-BASS-USA.