Peter Burns’ star rises along with growth of SEC Network

Peter Burns

Peter Burns has become a household name to fans of the Southeastern Conference. The longtime host of “SEC Now” has put us to bed each night and is often the first to say “hello” each morning.

A native of Baton Rouge, Burns knows the SEC intimately. Just recently, it was announced the former collegiate golfer signed an extension with ESPN, the parent owner of the SEC Network.

“I’m really excited to continue with ESPN and the SEC Network,” Burns told Gridiron Now. “We legitimately have a blast every single day and I look forward to being one of the faces for this Network for a long time down the road.”

The deal is noted as multi-year, but no specifics were given by the company. Luckily for fans of “SEC Now,” nothing will change as the host will continue serving as the leader of the SEC Network’s anchor program.

“Peter has played an integral role on our network the past four years,” Tom McCollum, ESPN senior coordinating producer, said. “His passion for the SEC is matched only by his dedication to his ESPN teammates and his commitment to creating great content for our shows.”

Burns also joined Sirius/XM’s new SEC Network exclusive channel. The moment it was announced, news followed that Burns and former LSU standout Marcus Spears would host a daily morning show called “SEC this Morning.”

“Since we launched the Network, I’ve been really pushing us to do more personality related shows,” Burns said. “With the addition of Marty & McGee’s Show this season and simulcasting my radio show on SEC Network, we are tapping into what the fans really want – fun and football mixed together.”

Radio is nothing new to the TV host. Burns worked previously in Denver hosting “The Press Box” which was heard on several stations. He catapulted up the ladder joining Fox Sports Radio for five more years and was heard in over 100 cities hosting “Fox Fantasy Freaks.”

Fans can now watch and listen to “SEC this Morning” on the SEC Network as it now is simulcast each morning from 7-10 ET, similar to its counterpart “The Paul Finebaum Show” which airs each afternoon.
“We are building on the massive success of Finebaum’s show and putting a fun morning spin on it every Monday,” Burns said.

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