Mike Francesa planning return to NY radio station WFAN, report says

Ruben Hill
April 24, 2018

On Tuesday, Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News ended a few days of speculation by reporting that Francesa will return "soon" to WFAN in the 3-7 p.m. weekday drive-time slot, barring any last-minute snags in negotiations between the 64-year-old sports-talker and the station. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported that Carlin, Gray and Scott will not be let go by the station.

Francesa also cryptically alluded to a faction at WFAN that was campaigning against his return, saying that spurred him to get back on the air.

Francesa didn't elaborate on the project, but told Newsday, "I have been working on a project with CAA for months". Francesa, working with CAA sports co-head Michael Levine, was clearly unable to find other viable enough suitors for services. "That will be explained in the days ahead". The reference to "campaign" may have been referring to reports that contrasted FRANCESA's interest in returning to how that would affect his replacements, CHRIS CARLIN, MAGGIE GRAY, and BART SCOTT. "For those behind it, that was the moment I chose to return".

Morning hosts Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti took exception and railed back against a "classless" Francesa and Russo during an on-air talk with WFAN boss Mark Chernoff.

Well, that didn't take very long. His contract obligation to WFAN expired on April 1, according to both Newsday and the Post.

With ESPN, Francesa has tried to entice the NY affiliate to take his Sunday morning National Football League show and put it on its airwaves this fall, according to sources. It is unclear how a partnership with WOR, which does have the Mets' games, would work.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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