Rothenberg Mike’d Up features Dave Rothenberg with ESPN.com, NBA reporter Michael Wallace and Mike Golic Jr., son of Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic Sr.
Dave has hosted sports talk shows, served as a play-by-play announcer for basketball and hockey, served as a color commentator for football and basketball, interviewed players and coaches, written and announced sports updates, and represented stations through personal appearances.
Previously, Dave co-hosted The Fanatics during morning drive on 99.9 FM The Fan in Raleigh, NC. Before Dave joined The Fanatics, the show was the lowest ranked sports talk sports talk show in its time slot; after Dave joined the show as a co-host, The Fanatics jumped to #1 sports talk show in the Triangle and was ranked top 10 in the market M25-54. When the station first launched in October 2007, Dave was the solo host of Inside the ACC/Triangle Sports Nightfrom 7 to 9 p.m., and was also the update anchor during The Insiders evening drive show. In addition, Dave was the primary reporter on the Carolina Hurricanes’ post-game show.
Dave was also a fill-in host for afternoon drive on 850 AM The Buzz and the mid-day show on 620 AM The Bull in Raleigh. He was the color analyst for Campbell University football on the Campbell University Radio Network as well as the color analyst for basketball and football for The Ravenscroft School. You may have also heard Dave filling in on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio for programming provided by RotoExperts.
Born and raised on Long Island, Dave Rothenberg has been a passionate NY sports fan since before he could walk. His grandfather was an original season ticket holder for the NY Football Giants, and that love of sports was passed down from generation to generation. At the age of 7, Dave attended a NY Jets event and was so knowledgeable that the players invited him to be a part of the panel halfway through the event. As a Rangers season ticket holder, Dave was able to attend every home game of the ’94 Stanley Cup playoffs. He was also present at The Garden when Knicks forward Bernard King exploded for 46 points in Game 3 of the legendary series against the Detroit Pistons in ’84.
A die-hard NY Giants fan, Dave resides with his wife, two sons, and Labrador Retriever in New York.
From legendary Eddie Robinson, who retired from Grambling State as the winningest coach in college football history, to 2013 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, Wallace has covered some of the biggest newsmakers in sports over the past two decades.
The names. The games. The historic events. The issues on and off the court. The drama in and out of court. From Michael Jordan to Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods to Roger Clemons, the Super Bowl to the White House – if a press credential got you access, chances are Wallace was there with a laptop, recorder, camera, pad and pen.
Wallace currently covers the NBA, primarily the three-time champions Miami Heat, for ESPN. It’s a dream job for Wallace, a Washington, D.C. native, whose mission is to reach out and help guide other aspiring journalists along the way to their goals in a field that sorely needs diversity, fresh viewpoints and innovative ideas.
Wallace started his career out of college covering education and politics in 1997 atThe Times in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has since worked his way through the ranks, covering events ranging from presidential campaigns to Olympic Trials, the Million Man March to Hurricane Katrina, Eddie Robinson’s historic 400th victory to Tony Dungy becoming the first African-American coach in the NFL to win a Super Bowl.
However, journalism wasn’t his initial career ambition. A series of not-so-near-misses eventually led him into the field. Originally, his quest was to replace Bobby Brown and become the new fifth member of the R&B group New Edition. But actual singing and dancing ability were required, and the job went to fellow D.C. native Johnny Gill.
His ambition later shifted when he headed to Grambling State University in the early 1990s aiming to become the first NBA lottery pick from a historically black college. But that distinction went to Jackson State’s Lindsey Hunter, who was drafted by Detroit in 1993. That same year, his college basketball career ended before it got a chance to begin, thanks to scrub-level skills and a coaching change at Grambling.
Then came the epiphany: If you can’t join them, beat them or even play with them, might as well cover them. Wallace began writing for the student newspaper, The Gramblinite, and would later work summer jobs or internships at the Washington Post, Birmingham News, San Antonio Express-News and Newhouse News Service in Washington.
His full-time professional journey has included stops at the Tallahassee Democrat,The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi, and The Miami Herald, covering education, politics, crime and sports. Wallace joined ESPN in 2010 and resides in Miami with his wife and children.
Mike Golic Jr.
Mike Golic Jr. is the host of ESPN Radio’s First and Last with Lundberg & Golic Jr., alongside Robin Lundberg (weekdays, 4 a.m. ET). Golic Jr. joined ESPN in November 2015, teaming with his father, Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic, on a college football and NFL-focused podcast, Mike & Mike Jr.
Since then, Golic Jr. has served as a guest host on Mike & Mike, a college football analyst during ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the the 2015 Hawai’i Bowl and debuted in January 2016 as a host of the weekend program Rothenberg Mike’d Up on ESPN Radio, with Dave Rothenberg and Michael Wallace.