Monday, November 18, 2019

NYC Radio: Report: How WEPN Could Influence WFAN Line-Up

Bart Scott
The post-Mike Francesa era is coming into focus, and it will amp up WFAN’s rivalry with ESPN New York, Andrew Marchand at The NYPost reports.

He believes Bart Scott is expected to leave WFAN 660 AM / 1019 FM to join crosstown rival, where he will be part of a new 1-3 p.m. local team on WEPN 98.7 FM.   ESPN has had interest in Chris Carlin, but Alan Hahn is emerging as a potential internal candidate to be Scott’s partner, according to The Post report..

Meanwhile, the duo of Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts has become the favorite to move to afternoons on WFAN and replace Francesa, according to sources. Nothing yet is finalized.

Francesa is moving the majority of it to beginning next year as part of a three-year deal.

Maggie Gray is expected to be half of the midday show, if the “Joe & Evan” show goes to afternoons when the new schedule begins in January.

For ESPN, it could offer the Scott show regionally, as well with a still-to-be announced national 1-3 p.m. program for ESPN Radio.

According to The Post, the national show opening came about with Stephen A. Smith moving off radio with his new five-year deal worth a little less than $8 million annually. Will Cain remains the favorite to host the 1-3 p.m. ESPN national show.

Scott’s new role will also give him prominence on TV, as he will be a football analyst on “Get Up!” and other ESPN shows.

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