Craig Carton On The Return Of Mike Francesa: "Bad Form"

Tanya Simon
April 25, 2018

Saying "it is time to return to WFAN", Mike Francesa told Newsday Tuesday morning that he has been working on a project with the agency CAA that includes working with WFAN in some form. Watch the clip below, in which Craig talks honestly about the pitfalls of the radio business, and says Francesa learned that he may have overestimated himself during his time away from his longtime home on the air. Newsday, citing sources, reported that the schedules of Francesa's replacements - Chris Carlin, Bart Scott and Maggie Gray - as well as the show involving Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, will be adjusted.

Francesa's return generated a positive reaction from fans on social media. The decision to bring Francesa back occurred above WFAN vice president Mark Chernoff's head, according to sources.

Though those were the words he officially placed on the record, it's clear he misses the spotlight and is after a WFAN return, notes Marchand.

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Francesa rose to prominence when he began co-hosting WFAN's "Mike and the Mad Dog" with partner Chris Russo in 1989. Perhaps a 3 p.m. ET to 6 or 7 role with the current trio going just three hours from noon to 3. "I've had the best job in the world". He was succeeded as of January 2 by Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott in afternoon drive time.

Radio stations garner their largest audience, and make the most money, when listeners or potential listeners are commuting to and from their jobs.

WFAN has not yet confirmed an official Mike Francesa contract or a start date, but watch this space for further developments.

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