*He’s baaaaaack! Stephen A. Smith is ESPN’s new radio host and columnist for NBA news.

The network announced their shift in characters late Tuesday, sharing that Smith will host a pair of two-hour, weekday shows, airing on 1050 ESPN in New York from 7-9 p.m. and 710 ESPN in Los Angeles from 6-8 p.m.

After 16-years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Smith left the company and moved on over to radio. Now he’s more than excited to see his career take a new turn.

“Words cannot express how excited I am to return to ESPN,” he said. “The five-plus years I spent here in my previous stint were unquestionably the best years of my professional career. To have the opportunity to return to a place where I have an abundance of friends – with individuals whose contributions to my life, both professionally and personally, deserves far more credit than I can describe – simply makes my return that much more special. I’m sincerely grateful. And very, very ready. As in right now. Let’s go!”