Paul Finebaum

In 1993, Finebaum began his afternoon sports-talk show on WERC-AM. Finebaum was the sports director for WIAT-TV from 1997-2002. In January 2007, his radio show moved to  WJOX-FM.  The Paul Finebaum Radio Network, comprised of Finebaum with producers Pat Smith, Kerry Adams and Dave Sibley was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 12 sports radio shows in the United States in 2004.

Paul Finebaum arrived in Birmingham in 1980 and became a columnist and investigative reporter for the Birminham Post Herald.  Finebaum broke the story of Antonio Langham, a Univeristy of Alabama football player who signed a contract with a sports agent while playing for the school, which led to a probation for the school. He was also first to report the firing of Auburn University coach Terry Bowden.

Finebaum has also been a successful writer, writing over 50 joke books.  His compilation of columns titled, “The Worst of Paul Finebaum” was released in 1994.   His most recent book, “Finebaum Said”, was published in November of 2001.  He is currently working on a sports novel, which will focus on college athletes in the South.

He is also in much demand as an after dinner speaker outside the Birmingham are and in the past year spoke in Memphis, Orlando, San Antonio and recently lecture at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  In October, Finebaum also gave teh keynote at the 2004 Ingram Lectures Series at AUM.

Finebaum, a Memphis native, is a 1978 graduate of the Univeristy of Tennessee.   He as been marries to Dr.  Linday Hudson, at internist at St. Vincent’s Hospital, since 1990.   The couple resides in Birmingham.

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