The Tribune has learned that Colin Cowherd, sports director-anchor on KGW-TV (8) and talk-show host on KFXX (910 AM) for the last five years, may be going national.

Cowherd has told management at both stations that barring a last-minute snag he will leave Portland to become a sports talk-show host on the ESPN Radio Network, replacing Tony Kornheiser. Cowherd, a native of Grayland, Wash., who has been at KGW for six years and with KFXX for five years, would move his family near the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.

Cowherd's final day at KGW would be March 5; it is uncertain what would be the final day of his KFXX show. His ESPN gig would begin in late March and air from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays on the West Coast, including on KFXX.

Cowherd is thought to be negotiating a multiyear contract.

'Out of respect for ESPN and the other companies involved, I'd rather not say anything about this yet,' Cowherd said Thursday afternoon.

ÑKerry Eggers

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