Monday, June 23, 2008

Mike & the Mad Dog Breaking Up? Noooo!

In an earlier post, I was lamenting the poor quality of New York Radio. During my afternoon commutes home, I eschew (great word, huh?) the terrible musical radio and listen to Mike & the Mad Dog on Sports Radio The Fan AM 660. It's a sports show, that has its requisite NY sports scene discussions without overpowering their listeners with too much Yankee dribble. In fact The mad dog (Chris Russo) hates the Yankees!

A great show with a great dynamic is apparently at risk of ending. Oh the huge manatee!

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Over the weekend, Newsday reporter Neil Best suggested the wildly popular and successful 'Mike and the Mad Dog' radio show could be finished. According to radio industry sources, Mike Francesa and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo haven't been getting along well enough to continue their afternoon program on WFAN.

While Russo and radio station WFAN, deny the rumors (Francesa refused to comment), Best cites staffers witnessing the pair fight and "subtle" signs "such as Francesa declining to ask Russo how he is after Russo had opened the show by inquiring into Francesa's well-being." Russo said to Best, "I think we've been going through [some strains]...I think we've been fine the last couple of months."

Why would the pair, who reportedly make over a million each, leave? Perhaps to pursue other opportunities--for instance, Francesa hosts "Mike'd Up," an Sunday at 11:35 p.m. sports program on WNBC. Newsday's Jim Baumbach is embarrassed to love listening to Mike & the Mad Dog and, back in 2006, ESPN's Bill Simmons watched the pair and noticed all sorts of weird things.

1 comment:

mrutterson said...

sounds like a marriage gone bad... mike and the gay dog... ha ha ha