ESPN's Jay Williams to host new weekly NPR podcast

Williams' new show won't shy away from controversy and will strive to not follow other sports talk show formatsESPN IMAGES

ESPN's Jay Williams is "taking on a new role outside the sports universe: National Public Radio podcaster," according to Scooby Axson of USA TODAY. A new NPR weekly podcast, "The Limits with Jay Williams," will "premiere Jan. 4, with new episodes every Tuesday." It will "examine how some of the world’s most influential people in sports, entertainment, and pop culture have succeeded in part through personal branding, sharing strategies and different life principles." NPR Senior VP/Programming Anya Grundmann "emphasized that the name 'The Limits' meant that there wouldn't be any." She said that episodes "would not shy away from controversy." Grundmann: "We want to get the back stories of people who have taken unconventional paths, and Jay is the perfect person to do it." Axson wrote what listeners will not hear is "anything remotely sounding like a sports talk or debate show." Among the first season’s guests of "The Limits" will be SpringHill Entertainment CEO Maverick Carter, actress Gabrielle Union and media personality Charlamagne tha God. Williams will "continue to co-host his daily ESPN radio show, 'Keyshawn, JWill & Max'" (USA TODAY, 12/6).

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