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Paul Finebaum

Published : Jan 12 2016 | Modified : Nov 8 2017

Paul Alan Finebaum is a well-known American radio and television personality and sports author. He works out of Charlotte, North Carolina and focuses on sports in the Southeast. His current position is with ESPN’s SEC Network. He has held positions during his career that have included writing and broadcasting.

Early Life

Paul was born on July 26, 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Public sources do not contain any information about his parents or siblings. Paul began his education at the Christian Brothers High School and then he went to White Station High School.

Paul received his higher education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was offered a scholarship. Without interrupting his studying, he found work in the campus newspaper called Daily Beacon. The work in this newspaper was just writing sports news, but even then Paul realized that this occupation is what he would like to do in his life.

In 1978 Finebaum graduated from University of Tennessee with a degree in liberal arts. After school, he had worked as a reporter for about one year in Shreveport Louisiana. He then moved to Birmingham, where he was offered a job with the Birmingham Post-Herald. As soon as he started his work, Finebaum was involved in a big scandal because of his reporting where he accused The University of Alabama of making recruiting violations. The University of Alabama served him with a lawsuit, but with the help of Birmingham Post-Herald, they resolved the case. While working at the Birmingham Post-Herald Paul built his reputation by producing resonant articles that readers cared about.

Career

After Paul’s retirement from the Birmingham Post-Herald in 2001, he continued to work in the Mobile Press Register, releasing his weekly column, which was syndicated to other newspapers.

As for his career on radio and television, his first experience was the work as a commentator on the Mark and Brian Radio Show. Radio station WAPI-AM, which had hired Paul Finebaum, quickly realized that Paul was a future celebrity and allowed him to make his own show. That show soon became the most popular sport-talk show in Birmingham.

In 1993, Paul left WAPI-AM and was hired by WERC, where he now continues streaming his talk show. Paul realized that he can achieve much more by reaching many more people by streaming his podcasts nationwide.

In 2001, Paul along with Pat Smith and Kerry Adams began the show The Paul Finebaum Radio Network. After just 3 years, his show got into the top 12 sports radio shows in the United States. In his show, he made scandalous live interviews, and conducted investigations and reports. His show moved many times over the years. In 2007 the show moved to WJOX and it finally stuck at ESPN in May 2013. His radio show is simulcast every day on the SEC Network and heard on Sirius XM radio.

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