tv.broadwayworld.com

Golf Channel's MORNING DRIVE Expands to 7 Days a Week; Charlie Rymer Joins as Co-Host

���
Related: Golf Channel, MORNING DRIVE

The list of reasons to wake up to television's only live morning golf show got longer with today's announcement that Golf Channel's popular Morning Drive will re-launch on Feb. 4 with a new format, a new cast of co-hosts, state-of-the-art studio and an expanded, seven-days-a-week schedule.

"If you love golf, Morning Drive has become the way to start your day," said Mike McCarley, President of Golf Channel. "In just two years, the show has become weekday appointment viewing for those who share a passion for the game and on the few weekends when Morning Drive has aired, Golf Channel has seen a three-fold increase in ratings. This move to seven days a week, with a new set and new additions to the cast, will allow us to engage in a broader range of topics covering all aspects of the game and give viewers a reason to wake up with Morning Drive every day of the week."

By expanding to seven days each week, the new Morning Drive cast naturally is going to grow. Current Morning Drive co-hosts Gary Williams, Damon Hack and Holly Sonders will be joined by Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer to form the on-air "foursome" typically covering Thursdays through Mondays. Williams, Hack and Sonders have been the regular co-host team of Morning Drive over the past few months and will build upon that camaraderie. Rymer will bring his exuberance for the game to the morning, in addition to his continued work as an analyst for Golf Central.

Longtime Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman will be a central figure mid-week on Morning Drive, typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tilghman will continue to be an anchor for Golf Central and a central figure of Golf Channel's Live From coverage of the biggest events in golf. Matt Ginella comes to Morning Drive after 11 years as the travel editor for Golf Digest magazine. Ginella has garnered a keen sense for what makes a golf course a destination for golfers of all tastes and will be co-host throughout the week. And Lauren Thompson, who has been a regular contributor to the show, now will have a permanent role, providing news updates and reports for midweek shows.

Several regular contributors and guest hosts include:

- Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster, Ahmad Rashad, headlines as a new guest host. A former All-Pro wide receiver, college football Hall of Famer and 25-year network veteran with ESPN, ABC, NBC and NBA TV - and a voracious golfer - Rashad will bring a unique perspective.

- John Cook is an 11-time PGA TOUR winner and recent champion of the 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour. The 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup team member will join the show during some of the biggest weeks on the golf calendar.

Related Links
thePlatform Expands Role as BT's Centralized Video Publishing System for BT TVthePlatform Expands Role as BT's Centralized Video Publishing System for BT TV
August 26, 2014
Golf Channel Posts Highest-Rated PGA Championship Week in Network HistoryGolf Channel Posts Highest-Rated PGA Championship Week in Network History
August 15, 2014
Ted Bishop to Recap Tenure as PGA of America President on IN PLAY WITH JIMMY ROBERTS, 8/11Ted Bishop to Recap Tenure as PGA of America President on IN PLAY WITH JIMMY ROBERTS, 8/11
August 05, 2014
Samsung, PGA and Turner Sports Unveil First-Ever PGA Championship AppSamsung, PGA and Turner Sports Unveil First-Ever PGA Championship App
August 04, 2014
GolfAdvisor.com Doubles Its Course Reviews to 34,000GolfAdvisor.com Doubles Its Course Reviews to 34,000
August 01, 2014


About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts

Become a Fan, Follower & Subscriber