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AAAAAAAAAHHH Good Afternoon Everybody!

Posted on: August 20, 2008 4:11 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2008 2:19 pm
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".

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2008 9:30 pm

AAAAAAAAAHHH Good Afternoon Everybody!

Growing up on Long island, and now living out in Philly, and listening to the FAN when I am driving (only at certain times throughout the day, and for 15-20 minutes at a time mostly) I have been listening to Mike and the Mad Dog on and off for most of their time on the radio.

Sometimes arrogant, sometimes inciteful, always entertaining to me.

The things I DID like about them, they never backed down from a tough question. They asked the questions I would want to know answers to, rather than fluffing everyone with easy basic canned questions. I liked thow they pursued a question, bordering on "badgering the witness" if you will when someone tried to avoid answering. 

I enjoyed the fact that they DIDN'T always agree with each other. It made for good listening as I found myself taking sides, or even disagreeing with them both. Often when 2 host simply agree with each other, listeners have a tendency to simply take it as fact. When they disagreed, it forced me to think things out on my own, with BOTH sides of the story, right there for me to listen to.

I enjoyed the fast pace of the show (tho there WERE a lot of commercial breaks, and sometimes I'd get in the car, drive to my destination, and the entire time, commercial break) but when they WERE on the air, it was pretty constant and interesting. Little down time, little idle chat. Got me the most bang for my buck, if you will.

Utlimately, I'm not saddened by a radio host not being partnered with another radio host, I think that would be a bit dramatic, but they were fun to listen to.

Overall, the FAN DOES do a good job of getting knowledgable hosts on the air, and find that I can just leave the radio on that channel year round, any time of day or week and I'll be entertained.

Isn't that the point?

Thanks for reading.


Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2008 1:25 pm

AAAAAAAAAHHH Good Afternoon Everybody!

Tartans it is a sad day for fans of New York talk radio. I had occasion to listen to Mike and the Dog many a day and they were great at getting people excited about NY sports. I am more of a "Sweater" fan but they will be missed. I always found them a lot of fun though. Thanks for the update though. I just left the City night before last.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2008 1:33 pm

AAAAAAAAAHHH Good Afternoon Everybody!

I'm a met fan and I will certainly miss them. I know they weren't met fans but I was ok with it. 1 Russo is a Giant fan and the Mets alway pound the Giants so he could never say anything. If the mets were good he would be quick to jab at Mike for being a Yankee fan. Mike can be a little over the top but an explaination on why he treated the callers the way he did made me look at it differently.

He said that the callers are not considered the audiance. Once they call in them become part of the show. Inorder to keep the show at a certain level the caller must be treated differently. The audiance is the 95% of the people who tune in just to listen. Once you call in you step over the boundry. This is something that I can completely understand. If they are going to take calls I don't want to listen to a bunch of non-sense.

I listened to those guys for prob 15 of 19 years they were together and for some reason and I don't know why their chemistry really pulled you in. Even though they were not Met fans I always really held their opinions in high regard. It's sometimes nice not to hear a homer opinion. Football season will certainly be missed as well when they both make their picks and go 2-7 for weekend. Pretty funny stuff and who doesn't like listening to Russo try and pronounce some of those spanish last names....Incredible? I loved the way he would always throw off the a guys name. Like calling Mat Holliday Mike Holliday. I'll miss the little things and not really sure why. Mad dog will be on sierus though at some point.

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2008 10:28 am

AAAAAAAAAHHH Good Afternoon Everybody!

I loved the Mike and The Mad Dog show and i am going to miss it shame that russo left i know that almost all met fans hate them but i think they were cool So long Mad Dog, you won't be missed.and he will be missed by me

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2008 11:50 pm

AAAAAAAAAHHH Good Afternoon Everybody!

Kinda sad to hear that news, but people do move on and up i reckon.  It was always weird listening to them on The Fan as they were not Met fans.  Francesa was the more knowledgable one.  I even watched his tv gig on pro football.  I don't think people will miss that intro from Mad Dog.  He would take a pounding from callers lots of times for things he would say.  Francesa would get his back.  Good luck to the Mad Mouth.  lol.  Hopefully they will get a new co-host that is more of a Mets person.  Thanks for the article Tartans as i no longer live in NY.

Geaux Mets!


What is that Rosenberg guy upto.  Is he still in Florida?  just curious

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2008 4:51 pm

AAAAAAAAAHHH Good Afternoon Everybody!

I for one won't be shedding any tears over this breakup. I always thought Mike & the Mad Dog were two of the most obnoxious know it all jerks who thought they were above the sports they were talking about. I know they drew in good ratings but I can't see how anyone could stand them for more than 5 minutes. If I'm in the car during that time I'll put the dial on 1050 ESPN and listen to Michael Kay. He's completely different on the radio than when he does YES Yankee games. Kay is open and sincere in what he says and never talks down to anyone. Of course when he does Yankee games he has to tow the party line.

So long Mad Dog, you won't be missed. I just wish you had taken Mike Francesa along with you to Sirius!

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