Fox Soccer Channel Cancels Fox Football Fone-In; Kyle Martino to Host New Show
Fox Soccer Channel’s weekly soccer call-in program Fox Football Fone-In has been canceled according to the Beyond The Pitch podcast.
The show originally began in 2004 as Fox Football Friday, but since then it has changed almost everything including hosts, formats, days of the week, name of the show, sets, co-hosts and more in the hopes of developing a winning formula that would generate decent viewing audience numbers. However despite the addition of Eric Wynalda to the show last summer, who along with Nick Webster hosted arguably some of the best episodes of the show culminating in pre-World Cup appearances in New York CIty inside a pub swelling with soccer fans, the decision has been made that the show will not continue.
Replacing Fox Football Fone-In (FFF) will be a new show with a working title of Talk Live. It’ll be hosted by Kyle Martino, the former Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy midfielder who also made several appearances for the US men’s national team. Martino was most recently one of the commentators for ESPN Radio’s live coverage of the 2010 World Cup tournament.
Webster is a producer at Fox Soccer Channel and a regular columnist at FoxSoccer.com.
As of press time, a spokesperson for Fox Soccer Channel was unavailable for comment.
UPDATE (July 30): Kyle Martino has updated his Twitter account to announce that he’s leaving ESPN and has confirmed that he’s going to be doing the show for Fox Soccer Channel.