There will be even more Stephen A. Smith content, and this time it’s not about sports. In addition to his ESPN presence with First take, NBA Countdownand Stephen A’s Worldas well as his forthcoming book and occasional appearances on general hospitalSmith is now teaming up with Audacy’s Cadence13 studio for a Know Mercy podcast. Starting Monday, September 26, the podcast will be released Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after that, and Smith will offer “unfiltered insights and perspectives on the day’s headlines, including politics, entertainment, social issues, criminal justice and business. Here’s more about it from a release:
Leading premium podcast studio, Cadence13, an Audacy company, today announced its partnership with media giant Stephen A. Smith for its first ever podcast, Know Mercy with Stephen A. Smith, a three times weekly broadcast on which he will bring his brand insight and analysis and explore a wide range of topics and issues, beyond the world of sport.
…“It’s hard to put into words how excited I am about this opportunity. While my love for the sport will never fade, neither will my taste for expanding my interest beyond the court or the playing field. I like news. I like entertainment. Above all, I like to attach myself and touch things that seep into the minds of the masses – without any inhibitions,” said Stephen A. Smith. “No matter what the subject matter, having the opportunity to do it with a podcast that I personally own, with content that I personally control, is an adventure that I’ve been waiting to face head-on my entire career. Well, it’s is here now, and I’m excited to do it with Cadence13. I’m ready. I hope everyone is too for what’s to come. Buckle up!”
“Stephen A. Smith is a larger-than-life talent and force of nature whose indelible passion, wit and candor ignite every conversation he participates in, engaging millions of fans along the way,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer and Founding Partner. , cadence13. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to add his singular and powerful voice to the Cadence13 lineup, and bring ‘Know Mercy’ to the world.”
Episodes will be available both through the Audacy app and through other podcast providers. And it will be interesting to see how these are received. Smith has long expressed ambitions beyond sports, from a desire to host a late-night show or cable news show to a discussion about running for political office, and he’s even appeared on the news cable and debate shows at times and talked about the interest of news channels for him. But the vast majority of what he’s done on the air has been sports, and that’s what his fans know him the most, and he’s been adamant enough to stick with sports on the lineup. ESPN. So we’ll see how he does on this new podcast with a wider range of topics, and how much audience interest there is.
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