Golf Channel Announces Big Changes to Morning Drive

Fred AltvaterContributor IIJanuary 25, 2013

Former NFL star Ahmad Rashad to join Golf Channel's Morning Drive
Former NFL star Ahmad Rashad to join Golf Channel's Morning DriveMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Golf Channel announced sweeping new changes for its popular Morning Drive golf news show to begin on February 4, 2013.

Morning Drive will be expanded and aired seven days per week from 7-9 A.M. ET. It will feature golf news and information about every golf tournament from around the world.

Current regular show hosts Holly Sonders, Gary Williams, Damon Hack and Matt Ginella will handle the broadcast duties Thursday through Monday.

Kelly Tilghman, Lauren Thompson and Ahmad Rashad will fill in on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rashad has made guest appearances on the show over the past year. During his NFL playing days he was a member of the Buffalo Bils, Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. He has had extensive sports broadcast experience with CBS and ABC covering the NFL and NBA. He is a dedicated golfer and is close friends with both Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

Tilghman was a former touring professional and joined the Golf Channel at its inception. She is the first female lead golf announcer and has partnered with Nick Faldo to handle the Golf Channel’s PGA Tour announcing duties.

Thompson has held various roles at the Golf Channel including the “Top Ten” and “Golf Now”. She will handle the lead-ins for Tilghman and Rashad  as well as provide brief news updates.

Other Golf Channel personalities that will continue to make appearances include Rex Hoggard, Tim Rosaforte, Brandel Chamblee, Todd Lewis and Charlie Rymer. 

The size of the set has been more than doubled and will allow more room to move about the studio for special features and interviews.

Currently, Morning Drive is only aired Monday through Friday with special weekend broadcasts during major tournament weekends.

The expansion of Morning Drive demonstrates the success of Golf Channel’s popular golf news program.