I've been on vacations so I'm a little late with this story. But they say better late then never...
The flagship station for Mets' baseball just took a blow, as it was revealed on Thursday that the Mike and the Mad Dog show will not be renewed. I am not sure how the listeners of WFAN and Mets fans feel about the show - after all, it was the Mets' station, neither of them are Mets fans, and both of them had visible contempt for the panicky Mets fans who would call in to complain about Willie and the team in mid-April.
Somehow I'd often end up listening to the show if I were in the car, despite the fact that there's a commercial about every three minutes, most of the callers are fools, and Mike and the Dog aren't much better. Both Mike and the Mad Dog were against moving Joba Chamberlain from the bullpen, failing to realize that a decent starter is more valuable than a lights out 8th inning guy. Both thought that Luis Castillo was a great second baseman. Both were against Lastings and Reyes for their demonstrative celebrations. Mostly, they were no fun, and a lot of fun to listen to anyway - where else could you hear discussions about Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays in December?
They will be missed. I'm curious how Mets fans felt about them, though.
Chris Russo left WFAN on August 14, 2008. Russo signed a five-year contract worth about 3 million per year with Sirius XM radio to headline a new sports talk channel called "Mad Dog Radio" on both Sirius and XM satellite radio.
Mike Francesa signed a five-year deal to stay at WFAN and continue to host the afternoon drive-time show called "Francesa On The Fan".