Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: January 14, 2014, 11:25 AM ET

In 1992, ESPN Radio Network was created to expand ESPN's sports news franchise. It premiered on January 1, 1992 with weekday, drive-time commentaries on 170 stations. ESPN Radio is now the nation's largest sports network with more than 700 affiliates -- roughly 200 more than its nearest competitor. Currently more than 215 stations now carry ESPN Radio programming 24 hours a day.

ESPN Radio is the only 24/7 talk network complemented by major play-by-play rights. We are the home of Major League Baseball and the World Series, the NBA and its finals, the college football Bowl Championship Series, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, The NIT pre-season and post-season basketball tournament and the WNBA.

Here are some of the other Frequently Asked Questions. This site is updated often with our most popular inquires, so keep checking back often.
1) What does ESPN stand for?
2) What is the number to call ESPN Radio?
3) How do I get a job at ESPN?
4) Does ESPN, Inc. or ESPN Radio offer internships?
5) How can I write the on-air Radio staff?
6) How can I purchase ESPN Radio merchandise?
7) How do I contact someone about becoming an ESPN Radio affiliate?
8) How do I find an ESPN Radio Affiliate in my area?
9) How do I contact someone about advertising on ESPN Radio?
10) Who do I contact about something I heard on ESPN Radio?
11) How do I get a copy of an ESPN Radio transcript?
12) How do students request information?
13) How do I suggest an idea or material to ESPN?
14) Who do I contact regarding my ESPN The Magazine subscription?
15) Who should I contact if I am experiencing general technical difficulties with ESPNRadio.com?
16) Why does my browser crash when I try to access ESPNRadio.com?
17) Why do I sometimes lose the Internet feed?
18) Where can I locate TV schedules for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic?
19) Where can I find general information about the ESPN Zone Restaurants?
20) Whom do I contact about something I saw on ESPN TV, ESPN2, ESPNews or ESPN Classic?
21) Whom do I contact regarding my Fantasy Team on ESPN.com?
23) Is it possible to take a tour of the ESPN Radio studios?
25) How do I bid on ESPN items on eBay?
26) I have a question regarding a product advertised on ESPNRadio.com.
27) Why do I get an error now when I try to listen to a live Radio/TV Broadcast?
28) Why when I click on a live Radio/TV link do I get an "Unknown File Type Dialog?
29) Why am I receiving an old broadcast?
30) How do I send an email to ABC Sports?
31) How do I write to ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN Magazine, ABC Sports or ESPN Television?
32) What kind of educational path should I take to get into sports broadcasting?

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    1) What does ESPN stand for?
    It doesn't stand for anything…. but the story is this. When ESPN started in 1979, we were the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (thus, ESPN). However, the full name was dropped in February 1985 when the company adopted a new corporate name --- ESPN, Inc - and a new logo. Based in Bristol, CT., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds the remaining 20 percent interest in ESPN.

    2) What is the number to call ESPN Radio?
    You can call 1-888-SAY-ESPN during any of our programming.

    3) How do I get a job at ESPN?
    If you are interested in applying for a position at ESPN, please e-mail your resume to: jobs@espn.com.

    To be considered for employment, please send your resume to the following address:
    ESPN, Inc.
    Attn: Human Resources
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010

    Note that your resume will be scanned into our database, so please avoid graphics and colored paper. Your resume will be kept on file for six months. Within four weeks, you should receive a postcard stating that we have received your resume.

    Once your background has been matched to an opportunity, your resume will be forwarded to the hiring manager. At that time, the hiring manager will make a decision as to whether they would like to call you for an interview.


    "Electronic resumes are strongly preferred. No calls please. ESPN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer"

    4) Does ESPN, Inc. or ESPN Radio offer internships?
    ESPN'S INTERN PROGRAM

    Objective:
    ESPN's college intern program has been an integral part of our workforce and recruiting program for many years. Our program is designed to achieve the following objective:

    To build a pool of promising, diverse college graduates who: · Have developed skills and knowledge within the ESPN environment
    · Demonstrated a high level of performance and potential
    · Are informed and excited about working at ESPN and in our industry
    · Perpetuate ESPN's positive reputation as an employer of choice at their respective campuses and organizations
    · Are tapped for full-time employment upon graduation

    Program Cycles:
    Spring: January - Mid May (12 weeks)
    Summer: Mid May - Mid August (12 weeks)
    Fall: Mid August - December (12 weeks)

    Intern Requests:
    Requests interns are solicited the semester prior to the program cycle. Department head approval is required on all requests. Please complete the Intern Request Form which can be found on the ESPN Intranet under Human Resources Documents and Forms.

    Descriptions of the Intern Responsibilities and Intern Qualifications are necessary for Intern approval.

    Recruitment Process:
    Renee Antoine is our new Program Manager for College Relations. She leads the process for the intern program development as well as intern sourcing, screening and placement. Hiring Managers will be invited to participate in career fairs or other sourcing activities. Your ideas on effective sourcing tactics for your area are welcomed and encouraged. Managers who receive resumes for intern candidates that are not the right fit for their opening should forward them to one of the following addresses (depending on the student's preference) where they will be responded to and considered for other openings.

    summerinternships@espn.com
    springinternships@espn.com
    fallinternships@espn.com

    Intern Qualifications:
    To qualify as an intern, students must:

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be a full time student who has completed their Sophomore or Junior year and is enrolled in a relevant bachelor's or graduate degree program.
  • Meet minimum qualifications and requirements of the position.
  • Be authorized to work in the U.S. for any company.

    Housing:

  • Interns pay for housing and furnishing costs.
  • ESPN will provide housing information to students and will aim to ensure viable options to all students. Please notify Renee of housing needs as soon as they are determined.

    Transportation:

  • Prudent management of applicant travel expenses will be applied. With that said, travel accommodations will be provided to ensure we attract a top caliber, diverse pool of candidates.
  • Interns will be responsible for arranging their transportation to ESPN to begin their assignment, as well as daily transportation to and from work.

    Commonly Asked Questions:

  • Do we provide internship opportunities for high school students? No. While we work with many high schools to provide education and encouragement for seeking a career in our industry, we do not provide high school students internship opportunities.
  • Do we offer unpaid internships? No. Our intern program offers paid internships only.
  • Who pays for intern salaries and other expenses? Human Resources covers the costs for intern sourcing, applicant travel and salaries. Interns cover their own costs for housing and their transportation to ESPN to begin their assignment, as well as daily transportation to and from work.
  • Can I have interns in my department that are not part of the "Human Resource" intern program? No. Our objective is to have an integrated program that ensures consistency, a strategic focus, and the best use of resources company-wide.
  • Do we hire Freshmen or Sophomores for internships? No. Our objective is to hire students who have at minimum completed their sophomore year (rising Juniors). By doing so we have a more skilled and mature employee capable of handling the level of challenge we try to design into our internships.


    5) How do I write the on-air Radio staff?
    You can write to ESPN Radio talent at the address below:
    ESPN Radio
    Attn: ____________
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010
    Sorry, they don't have individual email addresses that are available to share with listeners.


    6) How can I purchase ESPN Radio merchandise? ESPN Radio merchandise is not available at this time. However, there are some ESPN goods available on this Web site

    7) How do I contact someone about becoming an ESPN Radio affiliate?
    For information about becoming an ESPN Radio affiliate, please send an email

    8) How do I find an ESPN Affiliate in my area?
    To find an ESPN Affiliate in your area, go here.

    9) How do I contact someone about advertising on ESPN Radio?
    For information about advertising on ESPN Radio, please send an email to marc.j.horine@abc.com

    10) Who do I contact about something I heard on ESPN Radio?
    Please send your comment here

    11) How do I get a copy of an ESPN Radio transcript?
    ESPN, Inc. does not sell or release copies of its programming due to the process and difficulties in obtaining the appropriate legal review and clearances internally and externally since ESPN does not own all the rights.

    12) How do students request information for school projects?
    Student requests must be put in writing and sent to:
    ESPN, Inc.
    Student Request
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010

    We are only able to provide general information and history about ESPN, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Unfortunately, due to the large number of requests we receive from students around the country, we are unable to do research, release footage or provide information that's of a proprietary nature.

    13) How do I suggest an idea or material to ESPN?
    While we value your feedback on our programming, ESPN does not solicit or pay for creative ideas or material submitted by e-mail. If you do submit ideas or material, you waive any claims with respect to your submission, and you acknowledge and agree that ESPN's receipt and review of your material does not mean that the underlying concept or other such material is unique or original, and that ESPN may have previously created or may in the future independently create something that is substantially similar or identical to your idea, with no liability or obligation to you. Any review or consideration of your material is at ESPN's absolute and sole discretion, and does not constitute or infer any obligation on ESPN to accept your proposal or compensate you in any way. ESPN has no obligation to keep any such submission confidential. You must contact the Programming Proposal department directly at 860-766-2901 to receive necessary details on submitting a proposal.

    14) Who do I contact regarding my ESPN The Magazine subscription?
    Please direct all inquires regarding obtaining or changing a subscription to ESPN The Magazine here.

    15) Who should I contact if I am experiencing general technical difficulties with espnradio?
    Firstly, thank you for your interest in ESPN Radio.

    In an effort to improve the listening experience, ESPNRadio.com has recently upgraded the quality of its live audio stream. If you are having trouble accessing the ESPN Radio Live stream or other ESPN Radio audio content, you want to upgrade to Windows Media Player 9 Series.

    You can download Windows Media Player Version 9 by clicking on this link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/player.aspx

    If you are using version 7.1 of Windows Media Player and using Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP, here is a link to upgrade your existing version of Windows Media Player:
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/0/3/a0398036-25b9-410c-b371-c59957c1b0f4/WM9Codecs.exe

    If you are using version 6.4 of the Windows Media Player and using Windows NT, here is a link to upgrade your player:
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/8/a/98a6cb2d-6659-485e-b1f9-2c0d9bf6c328/wmv9VCMsetup.exe

    If your computer accesses the internet from behind a firewall, which are used by most businesses, please be sure that the firewall is correctly configured to allow streaming media to pass through. If you continue to have problems accessing the ESPN Radio audio content, contact your network administrator.

    If connectivity problems persist, we suggest reviewing the following FAQs regarding Windows Media Player located here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=wmp

    If you have any other issues, please direct technical comments or questions here

    16) Why does my browser crash when I try to access ESPNRadio.com?
    Make sure you have Flash 5.0 on your computer. To download this version, click on Install Now at this site


    17) Why do I sometimes lose the internet feed?
    The most frequent cause of internet feed loss is a disconnection between ESPN Radio studios and our audio hosting service. As soon as our hosting service is notified, service is usually back up and running within a minute or two.

    18) Where can I locate TV schedules for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic?
    For North America use this listing

    19) Where can I find general information about the ESPN Zone restaurants?
    For information about ESPN Zone Restaurants, go here.

    20) Who do I contact regarding something I saw on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews or ESPN Classic?
    Please send your comment to here.

    21) Who do I contact regarding my Fantasy Team on ESPN.com?
    For questions regarding your Fantasy team on ESPN.com pleasecontact the league office here.

    23) Is it possible to take a tour of the ESPN Radio studios?
    Unfortunately, at this time, we are not currently offering tours of our facilities. Please feel free to check back in the event this policy changes

    25) How do I bid on ESPN auction items on eBay?
    ESPN Auctions offers authentic, exclusive sports experiences and products from ESPN. Developed by ESPN, THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN SPORTS, and eBay, the world's leading online trading community, this unique auction environment provides an auction destination for the ultimate sports fan. To place a bid on ESPN Auctions items, you must be a registered bidder with eBay. For more information, go to www.espnauctions.com

    26) I saw a product or service advertised in one of your online banner ads that is no longer running on your site. How do I get information on that product?
    The products and services featured in our online banner advertisements are produced by third-party vendors. These companies are not subsidiaries of ESPN Radio and, once an advertisement has been removed from our site, ESPN Radio cannot offer any specific information regarding the products previously advertised. You may wish to search for more information on that product using your favorite Internet search engine.

    27) Why do I get an error now when I try to listen to a live Radio/TV Broadcast?
    ESPN.com recently improved the quality of its Live Radio/TV by upgrading to a new version. In order to listen you will need the latest version of the Windows Media Player

    28) Why when I click on a live Radio/TV link do I get an "Unknown File Type Dialog?"
    Make sure you have the Windows Media Player installed.

    29) Why am I receiving an old broadcast?
    Your browser has probably cached the Live Radio/TV Page. Before clicking on the link to the broadcast go to the options menu, select network preferences, click the "clear memory cache now" and "clear disk cache now" buttons. Then click OK. You now need to reload the page and then click on the link to the broadcast. Also, there is sometimes a delay in the archiving of a show.

    The signal sounds good for a couple of minutes but then starts to break up. What should I do?
    Like a telephone line, it's possible to get a bad connection or a connection that deteriorates in quality. If you experience this, just stop and restart your Windows Media Player until you receive a better connection.

    When I click on a live Radio/TV link the Windows Media Player comes up but I don't hear anything.
    There could be a couple of reasons for this: The broadcast you are listening to could be in the middle of a commercial break. The radio stations leave dead air open for the local stations to place their own ads but since we don't have advertisements it remains dead air.

    30) How do I send an email to ABC Sports?
    You can send your email here

    31) How do I write to ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN Magazine, ABC Sports or ESPN Television?

    If you wish to contact any of the above through the US Mail, you can use the following addresses:

    ESPN Radio
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010

    ESPN.com
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010

    ESPN Magazine
    19 E. 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016

    ABC Sports
    47 W. 66th Street
    New York, NY 10023

    ESPN Television
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010

    32) What kind of educational path should I take to get into sports broadcasting?

    ESPN does not offer counsel on what classes or curriculums students should take or what colleges they should attend in order to get into sports broadcasting or other related fields. However, your school advisor and/or local library should be able to provide you with some information on broadcasting as a career.

    If you send us your request and mailing address, we'll be glad to send you some of our talent bios - that should give you an idea of what they did to get to where they are now.

    ESPN Inc.
    Attn: Communications Dept.
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010