ESPNLA Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge, and LZ
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Keyshawn Johnson, Jorge Sedano & LZ Granderson
Super Bowl champion and All Pro wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is a Los Angeles-based NFL analyst who appears on SportsCenter and ESPN’s NFL studio shows. He joined the company in 2007 as an analyst the same day he announced his retirement from the National Football League. This fall, Johnson will also assume a new regular daily host role for ESPNLA 710 AM, ESPN’s owned radio station in Los Angeles. Johnson was a member of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown shows from 2007-2015. During that time he also contributed to Super Bowl week coverage and other events. In 2016, the Southern California native and resident transitioned to his new Los Angeles-based role. Johnson made his ESPN debut as a guest analyst (while still a member of the Carolina Panthers) on the main set during the 2007 NFL Draft. He has served as a guest host on ESPN and ESPN Radio programs. His on-air contributions have extended beyond football through personality and issue-oriented features and as part of major event coverage on both ESPN and ABC, including the SportsCenter Who’s Now series in 2007. The top overall pick by the New York Jets in the 1996 NFL Draft, Johnson played for four teams – Jets (1996-99), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000-03), Dallas Cowboys (2004-05) and Panthers (2006) – during his 11 NFL seasons. Johnson was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2007, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in December 2008, and the USC Hall of Fame in May 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from USC in 1996. In addition to his ESPN analyst role, Johnson is CEO of First Picks Management, a development company that focuses on franchise businesses in the foodservice and hospitality industries, and he is CEO of Keyshawn Capitol Development, a real estate company with projects in both residential and commercial space in the Los Angeles area. In 2008, the Michael Awards named Johnson the “Best Dressed Man” of the year. A year later, Johnson added interior design to his resume with “Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design,” an 11-episode reality home design series on A&E. He also appeared in an episode of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as a celebrity guest judge in February 2009, and he started his own wine label, KJ1, in 2012. Johnson previously hosted a weekly radio show, “Taking it to the House,” on Sirius Satellite Radio, and wrote the book “Just Give Me the Damn Ball!: The Fast Times and Hard Knocks of an NFL Rookie” with ESPN’s Shelley Smith. He remains active in various charitable organizations, along with educational and political causes, through both time and monetary donations. He returns frequently to USC to make guest appearances in the classroom and on the football field. Jorge Sedano hosts ESPN Radio’s Jorge & Izzy (weekdays, 9 – 11 p.m. ET) – which debuted February 8, alongside Israel Gutierrez. Sedano joined ESPN in 2013 as the host Sedano & Stink show on ESPN Radio, with Mark Schlereth. Following Schlereth’s departure from ESPN Radio in March 2015, Sedano hosted The Sedano Show. Sedano has more than 15 years of radio broadcast experience. Prior to joining ESPN, he served as program director and afternoon host at Sports Radio WQAM in Miami for one year. Sedano also served as studio host for Fox’s Sun Sports telecasts of the Miami Heat in 2012-13. His radio career began in Miami in 1999 and has included stints on WAFN-AM until 2001, WINZ-AM (2001-04), and The Ticket Miami (2007-12). He hosted the Miami Heat pre- and post-game shows on WIOD-AM from 2004-2007. He also spent those three years hosting a nationally syndicated show for Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles (2004-2007). His television career began in 2010 on CBS 4 WFOR-TV in Miami as a sports anchor which included hosting duties for CBS Sports. He contributed to ESPN and the NFL Network programming. Sedano’s resume also includes local football play-by-play for Florida International University for two seasons, 2010-11. Sedano graduated from Florida International University in 1999. LZ Granderson is a senior writer for ESPN, a CNN contributor, and a lecturer at Northwestern University. He is a former Hechinger Institute fellow, and his commentary has been recognized by the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.