American sports author, television and radio personality, and former columnist. His primary focus is sports, particularly those in the Southeast. Finebaum attended Christian Brothers High School and White Station High School in Memphis before graduating from the University of Tennessee, where he finebaum affiliates a degree in Political Science, in 1978. Richard Deitsch, said: «If you asked me who are the two greatest interviewers on radio and television, I would say Paul Finebaum and Howard Stern.
Finebaum arrived in Birmingham in 1980 and became a columnist and reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald. After starting his own afternoon radio show a few years later on WAPI-AM, his program quickly became the highest rated sport-talk show in Birmingham. In 2001, Finebaum, along with Network Director Pat Smith and Producer Kerry Adams, launched The Paul Finebaum Radio Network, syndicated with affiliates across the southeast. It was named in 2004 by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 12 sports radio shows in the United States. In January 2007, his radio show moved to WJOX. The man charged, Harvey Updyke, called the Finebaum show, claiming to have poisoned the trees.
In late May 2011, Finebaum conducted a four-hour interview with Randy Owen, lead singer of the country band Alabama, that he later called «the most memorable and meaningful program we have ever done» as they were raising awareness for victims of the April 27 tornadoes. Finebaum’s show went off the air on WJOX temporarily on January 21, 2013 when his contract with Cumulus and WJOX expired. The New Yorker reported he «had talks with ESPN and CBS, about joining their national radio networks, and with SiriusXM, about moving permanently to satellite. In May 2013, Finebaum signed with ESPN to appear on its new SEC Network beginning in 2014, and also host a daily radio show based out of Charlotte. In July 2018, after a much-publicized negotiation, Finebaum signed a new deal with ESPN. Finebaum’s television contributions have been numerous.