Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Report: Mike Francesca To Exit WFAN End of 2017

Mike Francesa
Afternoons on WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM might be radically different at the end of next year without the self-proclaimed king of New York sports radio.

The NY Post reports Mike Francesa, the often vilified but also revered talk-show host, announced on FOX Sports 1 Katie Nolan’s “Garbage Time” podcast that when his contract is up at the end of 2017, he will walk away.

“I’m not saying I’m leaving the business,” he told Nolan during an interview which caused him to be 20 minutes late to his own radio show Tuesday. “I’m leaving Monday to Friday, 5 ¹/₂ hours, FAN. I’m bringing the curtain down on that part of the show.

New York’s ‘Numbah One’ sports-talk host joined WFAN in 1987 and was paired with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo for 19 years. The two split in 2008 when Russo made a much-publicized switch to SiriusXM radio. The two are reuniting for a one-time reunion show on March 30.

The reunion show will take place at Radio City Music Hall with the proceeds going to the Garden of Dreams foundation with a live, commercial-free simulcast being carried by MSG-Plus, Sirius and WFAN for those who were unable to purchase a ticket.

Nevertheless, there have been rumors of a potential split between the Francesa and WFAN since the summer.

Despite his continually high ratings, the 61-year-old Francesca said he would have liked to start the next stage of his life sooner. Earlier this year, rumors swirled he was unhappy with management at WFAN over no longer being handed preferential treatment due to the rising success of the ‘Boomer and Carton’ show.

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