When long-time ESPN analyst Mike Gottfried approached American Family Radio’s Tim Wildmon about a new gig, Wildmon had to give it some thought.
“I thought about it for about 10 seconds,” said Wildmon.
Thus was born “College Football This Week with Mike Gottfried,” an hour-long program that airs Mondays at 6 p.m. on AFR’s national network of stations.
Gottfried and Wildmon look at the games just completed and the games upcoming. Listeners can call with questions and comments as well, but the biggest attraction may be the list of well-known guests Gottfried helps bring to the show.
He was an ESPN analyst for 19 years and a college football coach before that.
The show is re-broadcast on Tuesday’s at 5 locally on WAQB-FM 90.9.
In the last two weeks, guests have included Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and long-time ESPN play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin, a Jackson native and Ole Miss alum.
Texas coach Mack Brown, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, Florida’s Urban Meyer and many others have told Gottfried they’ll be a part of the show.
This week’s guest is Illinois coach Ron Zook.
“When Mike asked me if we were interested in doing a radio show, I thought who could be better than Mike Gottfried to do a college football show,” Wildmon said.
“He’s a gentleman and a Christian, and we can talk about the faith aspect in different ways too.”
A Mobile native and resident, Gottfried had been an AFR listener, but did not previously know Wildmon on a personal basis. The two were introduced by a Philadelphia man Wildmon described as a “radio broker.”
In addition to his television work, Gottfried began in 2000 a ministry called “Team Focus,” which seeks to strengthen young men who are growing up without a father presence in their lives.
Gottfried said early feedback from the show has been strong.
“A man from Marion, Ohio, called in the other night. He had just gotten in his car and heard me speaking.
“I’ve had different people from around the country tell me they’re going to find their local AFR stations,” Gottfried said.
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