?In addition to winning seven Grand Slam singles titles, John McEnroe has been a broadcaster, an author, a musician and an art gallery owner. But at age 45 he says his new gig on CNBC, as host of the talk show McEnroe, is the first time in his life that he's had a real job. "It's still CNBC, so I'll definitely be covering politics," says McEnroe, whose one-hour nightly show debuts on July 7 at 10. "But my three loves are sports, art and music. If I have my way, I'll have at least one athlete and a musical segment on every show." McEnroe will have a sidekick, America's Funniest Home Videos host John Fugelsang, to rein him in—but not too much. The host says his penchant for speaking his mind will be on display. "I would like to think that I'm somewhat unpredictable and honest," says McEnroe.—L.A.
?Media critics have called him a "buffoon" ( New York Daily News) and an "over-the-top...hoop-head" ( Philadelphia Daily News), but Stephen A. Smith must be doing something right. The ESPN pro basketball analyst (and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist) has been everywhere lately: offering commentary on SportsCenter, guest hosting Pardon the Interruption and popping up all over the network's NBA programming. While he lacks subtlety—his bombast can cause even the most tolerant viewers to reach for their mute buttons—the 36-year-old Queens native is always passionate and brimming with personality. (His funkily acidic pronunciation of SLA-va Med-ve-DEN-KO became a damning criticism of the Lakers' forward.) Smith has occasionally clashed with fellow NBA talking head Greg Anthony, but in on-air punditry, of course, he who yelps loudest yelps longest: Smith replaced Anthony on the network's live NBA draft coverage.