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Francesa Says He Will Remain At WFAN Through 2017

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WFAN’s Mike Francesa acknowledged on Tuesday that he no longer desires to leave the radio station before the end of his contract in 2017. Francesa said on the air that the relationship with CBS Radio and station management has greatly improved.

It was well documented that Francesa was unhappy with his previous simulcast with Fox Sports. The TV network often preempted his show or moved him off of Fox Sports 1 and on to to the less established Fox Sports 2. The simulcast was terminated in September when Fox added Colin Cowherd.

As far as future television simulcast possibilities are concerned, Mike said “The idea of just doing the radio show gives me a lot of flexibility that I haven’t had in a very, very long time, and a lot of it is appreciated. Right now I’m kind of enjoying being a radio show.”

It remains possible that the show could end up on MSG where Francesa maintains a close relationship with Madison Square Garden executives. However he cautioned that a simulcast may not be in the cards before the end of his contract.

The speculation of a reunion between Mike and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has continued to make noise, ever since the two announced on WFAN their plans to reunite for a one-night only appearance at Radio City Music Hall.

Francesa added “At this stage of our careers, and the stage the business is in right now, I think it is extremely, extremely unlikely,” he said.

Although financial difficulties could prevent the two from a permanent reunion, Mike says that he and Chris have kept a mostly positive personal relationship since parting ways in 2008.

“We’ve never had a cross word since we split up, never had an argument since we split up,” he said. “There were some people trying to drag us into things to try and promote the new avenues we were each traveling. I think that’s logical and I think it was other people dragging us into that and into comments that probably never needed to be made. But we never didn’t get along.”

Credit to Newsday who originally reported the story

 

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Mark Chernoff Joins 107.1 The Boss in New Jersey

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the radio at 107.1 The Boss, and to being able to live in both the Sports and Rock worlds.”

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Mark Chernoff has found a new radio home. The former brand manager of the iconic WFAN is now part of Robby & Rochelle In The Morning on 107.1 The Boss in Monmouth/Ocean, New Jersey.

Chernoff makes his debut on May 31 as the show’s sports anchor. He will also be available to cover swing shifts as needed on the station.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the radio at 107.1 The Boss, and to being able to live in both the Sports and Rock worlds,” he said.  “Many thanks to Robby and Rochelle for inviting me into THEIR world.” 

It was the end of June 2021 when Mark Chernoff left WFAN. He spent 28 years there as program director. He also served as the VP of Sports Programming for Audacy. He was succeeded in that role by Spike Eskin, who Audacy brought to New York from its Philadelphia sports talker, 94 WIP.

Prior to CBS Radio being acquired by then-Entercom, Chernoff also served as VP of Sports Programming for that company and played an integral role for its push into FM sports talk in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century.

“Mark is exceptional talent and a brilliant strategic mind I’ve long respected. I’m thrilled to have him join our team of outstanding broadcasters at Press!” said Robby Bridges, who also serves as PD of 107.1 The Boss.

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Danny Balis Explains Exit From The Ticket in Dallas

“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire.”

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After 22 years, Danny Balis is finished as a producer on 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas.

Balis, 54, told The Dallas Morning News the announcement of his departure “was an unusual situation to actually be able to speak on it on air.”

“I’d rather spend this time focusing on peace of mind, quality of life and maybe open the door for somebody else to take that [producer’s] seat,” he said on The Hardline with hosts Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm.

Balis is a musician and business owner in the Metroplex. That’s where he will shift his attention. He told Davidson and Sturm that there were no opportunities for advancement at the station that would warrant him sticking around.

“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” he said. “Then by that time, we’re all the same age.”

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Bobby Carpenter Tells Grant & Danny How Nick Saban Interview Came Together

“Carpenter’s partner on SiriusXM, Jacob Hester, played his college football at LSU. He was recruited there by Saban, who was head coach of the Tigers from 2000 until 2004 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.”

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Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher got the attention of the sports talk world with their comments about each other personally and about the programs they run.

Saban made an appearance on SiriusXM with Jacob Hester and Bobby Carpenter in the aftermath of Fisher’s fiery response, where the Crimson Tide coaching legend tried to set things straight. He wasn’t asked directly about what Fisher said.

Carpenter spoke to Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. on Friday, and said the timing of Saban’s appearance was coincidental.

“It was pre-scheduled before all of that stuff happened,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter’s partner on SiriusXM, Jacob Hester, played his college football at LSU. He was recruited there by Saban, who was head coach of the Tigers from 2000 until 2004 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.

Hester, who played just one season for Saban, likely created a level of comfort for the coach that most other national media outlets could not offer.

Bobby Carpenter added that he did want to pressure Saban a little bit about what he had to say about other football coaches using name, image, and likeness deals to lure recruits.

“I don’t think his SID was really keen on him coming on there,” he said. “But I tried to ask some tough but respectful questions through everything.”

Saban in the interview apologized for singling out not only Fisher and A&M, but Deion Sanders and his Jackson State program as well as the University of Miami basketball program. Saban also attempted to contact Jimbo directly, but Fisher has admitted publicly he wasn’t going to take that phone call right now.

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