Paul Alan Finebaum is an American sports author, television and radio personality, and former columnist. His primary focus is sports, particularly those in the Southeast. After many years as a reporter, columnist, and sports-talk radio host in the Birmingham area, Finebaum was hired by ESPN in 2013 for its new SEC Network starting in 2014, and produces a radio show out of the network’s regional base in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Finebaum was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Paul attended Christian Brothers High School and White Station High School in Memphis before graduating from the University of Tennessee, where he received a degree in Political Science, in 1978. He served as host of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network, whose flagship station was on WJOX-FM from 2:05-6pm CST. The show was syndicated in Alabama (27 stations), Mississippi (2 stations), Tennessee (3), and on single stations in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and also heard on Sirius XM Radio’s Channel 84