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Mike Greenberg will launch new 'I'm Interested' podcast, which probably won't be that interesting

Alex Reimer
August 29, 2018 - 9:31 am

Milquetoast Mike Greenberg will enter the podcast arena this fall. The anchor of ESPN’s floundering morning show, “Get Up,” will debut his new podcast in the coming weeks. The show is titled, “I’m Interested,” because Greenberg says “interesting” is his favorite word. The irony is off the charts.

“I tell people when they ask who I’m rooting for, what I’m rooting for, what I’m hoping happens, I always say ‘I’m in the interesting business, I need interesting things to happen in the world of sports,’” Greenberg said in his six-minute podcast teaser, per Awful Announcing.

Greenberg says he’s previously resisted efforts to launch a podcast, but changed his mind after watching David Letterman’s Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” The program features Letterman interviewing A-list stars, including President Barack Obama, Jay-Z and Howard Stern. 

Future guests on Greenberg’s show will include former Raiders CEO Amy Trask, Bob Costas, NBA Players’ Association head Michelle Roberts and NBA Hall of Famer Walt Frazier. As a child, Greenberg says he slept with Frazier “footie pajamas.” 

It’s doubtful these interviews will be hard-hitting, and that’s OK, as long as the conversations are interesting. But that leads back to the central question with any Greenberg-led project: is there a market for it? While Greenberg led the “Mike & Mike” morning show for well over a decade, the program often rated poorly in competitive markets. It operated more as a promotional tool for ESPN than anything else, featuring heavily sponsored segments and scores of interviews with network analysts. 

At the least, Gerry Callahan is likely to tune into one episode this fall. Greenberg says he’ll speak with best-selling author Harlan Coben, an old “Dennis & Callahan” favorite.