Golf Channel starting morning show

Golf Channel starting morning show

Published Dec. 10, 2010 4:55 p.m. ET

The Golf Channel is going for an earlier tee time.

The network said Friday it will introduce a weekday morning news show, starting Jan. 3. Golf will be the focus for ''Morning Drive,'' but hosts Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams will briefly fill in duffers on general news and weather.

Programming chief Tom Stathakes says the show will be reminiscent of MSNBC's ''Morning Joe.'' He wishes Golf Channel had done this earlier because some days it doesn't present fresh programming until evening.

Kuselias has worked for ESPN radio and TV networks, hosting ''NASCAR Now'' and ''College Football Live.'' Williams has been doing the early morning program on Sirius/XM's Mad Dog Radio.