Halftime with Phil Elson expands to NWA sports radio starting Wednesday

There’s change coming to sports radio in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas.

Halftime, hosted by Razorback baseball and women’s basketball voice Phil Elson joins the ESPN 99.5 station lineup starting Wednesday, May 6.

The show airs from Noon-2 p.m. each weekday afternoon.

Halftime can also be heard on 95.3 in Northwest Arkansas and 1290-AM and online at

Elson co-hosts the show with Matt Jenkins and Matt Travis, both Arkansas natives.

“Bringing Halftime to Northwest Arkansas is the realization of the desire we had when we started the show nearly two years ago,” Elson said. “I know I, Matty T and Matt ‘Smackdown’ Jenkins will continue to bring an informative and entertaining program for sports fans across the state.”

Adding Halftime is something ESPN 99.5 program director Zach Arns has been wanting to do for some time.

“Having Phil as part of our ESPN 99.5 family is something I’ve wanted since the day I took over as program director,” Arns said Tuesday. “We are beyond excited to add Halftime to our locally-produced lineup in Northwest Arkansas

“Phil Elson, Matt Jenkins and Matt Travis have provided Razorback fans with the most informative mid-day show in the state and we can’t wait to bring them to NWA.”

Halftime joins the weekday lineup of Razorback-focused programs including The Morning Rush with Tye Richardson and Tommy Craft from 6-9 a.m. and Ruscin & Zach with Derek Ruscin and Zach Arns from 3-7 p.m.

ESPN Arkansas programs can also be heard on 95.3-FM in Fort Smith-River Valley, 96.3-FM in Hot Springs-West Arkansas and 104.3-FM in Harrison-Mountain Home.