ESPN Xtra is a satellite radio station that carries sports talk programming produced by ESPN. This channel is on Sirius XM Radio channel 84.
|Broadcast area||United States|
|Frequency||Sirius XM 84|
|First air date||February 4, 2008|
|Format||Sports talk and news|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
(Disney 80%/Hearst 20%)
|Website||SiriusXM: ESPN Xtra|
Three shows from local ESPN Radio owned-and-operated stations were added to the XM 141 lineup, including The Michael Kay Show and The Max Kellerman Show both from WEPN, and Galloway and Company from KESN (on a 4-hour delay). Bill Simmons's The B.S. Report podcast from ESPN.com is also aired on the new channel. In addition, the channel will air exclusive content to satellite radio throughout the year, and will include live events such as the ESPY Awards and the X Games.
XM announced the addition of this channel on January 28, 2008. Sirius announced changes to its audio simulcast of ESPNEWS, now called ESPN All Access, on December 12, 2007, but would not be adding any content announced for XM as it will be exclusive to XM.
On March 9, 2009, Max Kellerman was released from his WEPN contract after disputes over his show in at the station. The Brandon Tierney Show will be airing in the time slot until a permanent show is in place.
As of 2014, the station no longer carries the simulcasts of local ESPN shows, and it mainly simulcast ESPN's debate shows, including Get Up!, First Take, Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption. Paul Finebaum's SEC Network show airs in afternoon drive, with the rest of the schedule being audio simulcasts of SportsCenter from either ESPNEWS or whatever ESPN network is airing that show at the time. ESPN Xtra is also used as an overflow channel for live sports broadcasts, particularly for Major League Baseball.
- "ESPN and XM Satellite Radio to Launch 'ESPN Xtra' Radio Channel" (Press release). PR Newswire via xmradio.com. January 28, 2008. Archived from the original on May 3, 2008. Retrieved January 28, 2008.
- Raissman, Bob (March 10, 2009). "Max Kellerman leaving ESPN-1050; is pairing with Francesa in the works?". NY Daily News. Retrieved March 26, 2009.