Last week, Mike Francesa and Christopher Russo reunited for a one night charity event at Radio City Music Hall. The show drew great reviews and reminded New York sports fans of why the duo is arguably the greatest sports radio team in local radio history.
But if you’re expecting “Mike and the Mad Dog” to become a permanent fixture on the New York radio airwaves again, don’t hold your breath.
Francesa joined “The Dan Patrick Show” last week and explained why it’s unlikely that the two will reunite.
“I don’t think it ever happens on a regular basis, I’m going to be honest with you,” Francesa told Patrick. “Part of it, Dan, is our business has changed dramatically and I don’t think our show is economically feasible anymore.”
Francesa is said to make $4 million per year at WFAN, and Russo was making $3 million per year at SiriusXM before he negotiated his last contract. Few outlets can carry that type of payroll for a local radio program, and although a national outlet could cover those expenses, it would take away from what Mike and Chris do best.
Aside from the financial challenges, another big hurdle is ego. Francesa shared what some of the big issues were between himself and Russo.
“He has gotten very used to calling all the shots about what he wants to do. I’ve gotten used to calling all the shots about what I want to do. And I think that’s where you run into problems. It was more about philosophy. Do we go to this event? Do we not go to this event? Do we do this? Do we do that? Those were always the things that became the issues. It was never the on-air stuff. It was always the other things that became the issues.”
Russo has said he would consider reuniting with his former partner. After initially being hesitant, Francesa has said he will listen to those who are interested in exploring the possibility. Whether or not it’s realistic though is a whole other story.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”