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Francesa: App Will Eventually be my Broadcast Home

Brandon Contes

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“You’re never going to catch me tweeting, I promise you,” said Mike Francesa back in 2012.  This has to be one statement that even Francesa would admit was incorrect as he’s up late at night tweeting to his 88.5k followers.  Not only does the iconic radio host tweet thoughts about the local sports teams, but he also interacts with followers, posts videos, and announces career updates, including information about life after FAN again.

The Mike’s On app is scheduled to debut August 24th, which Francesa announced on Twitter earlier this summer.  This week Francesa conducted a video Q&A from Twitter’s NYC headquarters, and his app became one of the featured topics due to it being less than two weeks away from launching.

“It’s going to be me on it all the time. It eventually will be my broadcast home. I will be on it, I will be on it all the time, I will be on it at crazy hours, I might be on it at 7 in the morning and I might be on it at 2am after a big game. So yes, I will be on the app all the time. I promise you, you’ll get sick of me I’ll be on the app so long,” said Mike in a Twitter video

“It eventually will be my broadcast home,” is a statement that makes the success of his new app worth watching.  Francesa plans to integrate the app into listeners’ regular consuming habits over the course of the next two years which will better prepare him for leaving WFAN for a second time.

After Mike attempted to launch a similar concept in 2012 with the “Audio Roadshow App” Francesa is much more committed to a social media presence and remaining active on his new app today than he was with the first go-around.  The plan with the Audio Roadshow App was to interact with fans outside of the show, but no comments or videos outside of WFAN were ever posted on the app.

If Mike views his current tenure at WFAN as a holding tank until he’s ready to make Mike’s On his exclusive home, showing a commitment to the app and social media in general is something he needs to continue doing.

Along with offering a live simulcast of his WFAN show, the Mike’s On app will be the exclusive home for Francesa’s Sunday morning NFL program. Highlights from Francesa’s 30-year WFAN career will be featured on the app, along with new audio and video content from Mike and potentially other voices.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Matt Chernoff: WFAN’s Sal Licata ‘Doesn’t Have The Guts’ to Appear On 680 The Fan Again

“He doesn’t have the guts to come on again. After what happened last time? You think he wants that again? Why the hell would he want that?”

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Would WFAN’s Sal Licata join Chuck and Chernoff on 680 The Fan in Atlanta again? According to Matt Chernoff, no.

During a May appearance on SNY, Licata declared the National League East race over, saying the New York Mets had wrapped up the division. The Atlanta Braves then proceeded to win 14 consecutive games. The Mets currently hold a seven game lead over the Braves in the division.

After the 14 game winning streak, Chuck and Chernoff had Licata on their show to confront him about the opinion, and things got slightly heated, with Chernoff and Licata eventually yelling at each other, before cooler heads prevailed.

The two hosts rekindled their disdain for one another after the Mets won four of five games against the Braves over the weekend, with the two trading barbs on Twitter. Licata joked Chernoff should hope the New York host doesn’t move to Atlanta to win a ratings battle, and called Chernoff a clown before deleting the tweet. He later tweeted “Funny. No invites from Atlanta sports talk radio today,” accompanied by a should shrug emoji. That caught the attention of Chernoff, who addressed it to open his show Monday.

“He (Licata) won’t come on,” Chernoff said. “He doesn’t have the guts to come on again. After what happened last time? You think he wants that again? Why the hell would he want that? He made a fool of himself and then lied about it to his own fans. There’s a reason he didn’t play the audio on his dumb little show. And next time when he’s an hour late, they have that to play instead. I mean, honestly, if he wants to come on, come on. He has no interest. He does not want this smoke.”

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Chernoff has had enough of loud mouth Sal Licata of #wfan #braves #mets

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790 The Score Debuts In Providence

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Reportedly Scores $700K Advance For Nick Saban Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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