Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NYC Radio: Mike Francesa Threatens To Quit WFAN

On Monday, Francesa opened the door for possibly quitting his afternoon show on WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM and only doing his new $8.99-per-month “Mike’s On” app, according to The NYPost.

Francesa — who returned to FAN in May for what sources described as a significant pay cut — said he hasn’t reached a contract agreement with Entercom, FAN’s parent company. Often in broadcasting, sides will agree to the parameters of a deal before the paperwork is completed.

Mike Francesa
“We haven’t really come to a deal yet, which makes me think that maybe the app and show don’t work together and that’s something we’re going to have to adjust one way or the other,” Francesa said as he voiced his opinion about The Post’s story detailing the Madison Square Garden boycott of FAN and its parent company, Entercom.

He later made clear the adjustments will not be with the app.

“The Mike’s On app is going nowhere,” Francesa said.

Since his well-publicized return during the spring rating book and with the summer’s relative unimportance, the fall book is looked upon as the measuring stick between Francesa and ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s Michael Kay program.

Francesa has never lost to Kay in the ratings.

Francesa has not revealed whether his app has gained an audience, but social media constantly lambastes him for its price and the fact he does shows on it sparingly.

Francesa returned in May after “retiring” in December. He said he only came back to start his app, though he could have launched it without taking back his old spot. That might have made better sense for the paid-subscription app. If he weren’t doing nearly 18 hours of free radio weekly, there may be more of an audience willing to pay to hear his thoughts.

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