I Follow: Freddie Coleman
Editor’s note: I Follow is all about ESPN employees on Twitter: what they tweet, whom they follow and how you can interact socially with anyone and everyone.
Twitter handle: @ColemanESPN
(*as of 2/25/13)
Freddie Coleman is all over your ESPN Radio dial. Late nights Monday-Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET, he’s the host of SportsCenter Tonight. The Freddie Coleman Show airs Saturdays (noon-4 p.m.) and Sundays (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), subject to NBA programming. On Sundays during the football season, he anchors The NFL on ESPN Radio from 5-9 p.m.
The 8½-year ESPN veteran makes time to engage with listeners, however. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native shared some thoughts on his Twitter experience with Front Row.
What got you involved with Twitter?
I love interacting with people, for better or for worse. And Twitter is good for that especially in the right hands. Plus, it is so useful for information because I’m a curious person.
Who are some notable people following you on Twitter?
Last time I checked, [they included] 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton — he’s one of my faves — actress Kim Fields, and TV One’s Roland Martin.
What’s been your favorite Twitter interaction?
During big events like the Super Bowl or the Grammy Awards, [getting] interesting thoughts from the world at-large.
What sports or life event stands out most during your ESPN tenure and why?
I’ve been here 8½ years and the sports event that stands out was the whole Penn State scandal last year. The life event was marrying my wife Denise in 2007.
Have you worked every shift possible on ESPN Radio? What’s your favorite timeslot and why?
Yes, and I enjoy radio. Timeslots don’t matter to me because I’m blessed to do what I love and I love what I do.
What’s the story behind your skydiving experience?
Right before I graduated college in 1987, I had a chance to do that in Pennsylvania not too far from where I attended Mansfield University. It was always something I wanted to do and it was fantastic. Plus, if I told my mom she would have completely talked me out of it or threatened to disown me.