Decorated Producer Added to Desk Alongside Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe

New York – Today, decorated television producer Kevin Wildes joins FIRST THINGS FIRST on FS1 alongside Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe. The longtime television producer and development executive makes his first foray into a full-time on-air role on the network’s acclaimed early morning show, airing weekdays from 6:30 to 9:30 AM ET on FS1.

“Kevin is a unique talent and has always been high on our radar at FS1. His passion, high sports IQ and wealth of knowledge from behind the camera make him a great fit for the show,” said Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President, Content, FS1. “We’re thrilled to have him join the FOX Sports family.”

Prior to joining FS1, Wildes served as a producer and development executive for a number of notable projects across the television industry. He is also well-known for his contributions to the “Half-Baked Ideas” segment on the award-winning “Bill Simmons Podcast.”

“I’ve always thought of television as a team sport, and I’m excited to shift to a new part of the field with the FIRST THINGS FIRST team,” said Wildes.

Wildes spent over a decade at ESPN, rising to Vice President of Original Content, NBA Studio Production. In this role, Wildes oversaw production of “NBA Countdown,” while also launching and developing “The Jump” as well as “Detail by Kobe Bryant” for ESPN+.

Previously, Wildes served as an executive producer at “GMA Day” and Relevant Sports Group. He also served as a Senior Coordinating Producer and creative lead for ESPN’s Original Programming and Production unit. In this role, he launched and produced “Olbermann,” “Grantland Basketball Hour,” “SportsNation,” “Numbers Never Lie” and “It’s the Shoes.”

A native of Groton, CT, Wildes graduated with honors from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. He resides in New York with his wife Libby and their two children.

FOX Sports will announce additional FIRST THINGS FIRST on-air talent at a later date.


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