Neil Best of Newsday is reporting that WFAN Radio announced tonight that Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is leaving WFAN. Mike Francesa will do the show on the Mets flagship station by himself for now after the 18 year partnership has ended.
“Mike and Chris pioneered the genre more than 18 years ago and have shaped the sports talk format into what it is today,” WFAN operations director Mark Chernoff said in a statement.
“As we embark on this next step in WFAN’s history, we wish Chris nothing but the best and look forward to all that Mike will do in a role in which he has excelled at for years.”
The report says that Chris Russo is expected to move to Sirius satellite radio.
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Neil Best of Newsday continues his coverage of the WFAN Mike and the Mad Dog saga. Chris Russo and Mike Francesa are doing their usual solo shows during the summer. Today Francesa said the stories of a deteriorating relationship are true, and that he and Russo haven’t even spoken this week about the issue. He said that’s telling about where their relationship is.
Chris Russo uses his monologue to debunk rumors of the WFAN Mike and The Mad Dog show ending. He talks about their relationship having some turmoil over the last few months but that they’ve worked out their problems.
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Neil Best of Newsday is reporting that wildly popular New York sports talk radio show Mike and The Mad Dog may be finished. The reports says that problems between Mike Francesa and Chris Russo may spell the end of the show.
Although neither is a Mets fan, Russo (Giants) and Francesa (Yankees) do plenty of Mets talk on WFAN, the Mets flagship radio station.
When reached for comment on the report Francesa had none and Russo said that he didn’t know anything about it:
“That is news to me,” he said. “I have not heard that… That is fascinating information.”
Personally, I doubt the validity of this. Russo and Francesa have openly talked about some rocky periods in their personal relationship in the past. After losing Don Imus last year, there’s no way that WFAN would let Mike and The Mad Dog get away without a fight.
Sports Illustrated baseball writer does his weekly spot with WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog. This week he describes the Mets as “pathetic” and it’s hard to disagree.
Sports Illustrated baseball writer does his weekly appearance with Mike and the Mad Dog.
You can also read Heyman’s column from yesterday in Sports Illustrated about GM’s that are on the hot seat. Omar Minaya is rightfully listed as number seven on the list. Next season is the last on his contract so he could certainly be fired at any time without major financial repercussions to the team. I’m not saying that he should be fired now, but if the Mets don’t make the playoffs this year the Wilpons should consider it.