Starting Monday, Clayton, known as “The Professor” will host a daily 10 a.m. to noon segment on 710 ESPN Seattle, replacing the Justin & Gee show that began airing in March 2015.

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Nationally renowned ESPN football commentator John Clayton is adding to an already-hefty Seattle radio presence with his own local morning show.

Starting Monday, Clayton, known as “The Professor,” will host a daily 10 a.m. to noon segment on 710 ESPN Seattle, replacing the Justin & Gee show that began airing in March 2015. Sources close to the station confirmed that Justin Myers, one of that show’s co-hosts, was dismissed on Wednesday while Gee Scott has been reassigned to other duties with the station.

Scott is to continue hosting the show’s final two episodes the remainder of this week. Clayton’s new role is expected to be announced by the station Thursday morning.

Clayton, 62, a longtime Seattle area resident, will continue hosting “The John Clayton Show” on Saturday mornings, which he has hosted since shortly after the all-sports station’s 2009 inception. He declined to comment when reached Wednesday, but the sources confirmed he will also maintain all of his national duties for ESPN in addition to hosting the show.

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His show will follow that of drive-time morning hosts Brock Huard and Mike Salk as a key addition to the station’s lineup.

The move comes as 710 ESPN and rival network Sports Radio KJR gear up for Seahawks training camp in August. The Hawks are a major ratings source for both stations, which have ramped up coverage accordingly across all shows in recent years.

Having Clayton on board will give 710 ESPN a major morning presence throughout the entire training-camp schedule — the key parts of which occur largely during the hours before noon.

As the Seahawks’ flagship station, 710 ESPN has used Clayton as a frequent on-air expert analyst throughout the NFL regular season and heavily in the offseason as well. He will continue those functions.

Born in Braddock, Pa., Clayton began covering the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s for a variety of newspapers before joining The (Tacoma) News Tribune in 1986 on the Seahawks beat.

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