Mike Francesa made his much anticipated return to the airwaves of WFAN this afternoon. The longtime New York sports radio host exited the station in December and was said to be interested in pursuing new opportunities. The list of suitors though were either not as great as Francesa had anticipated or the financial compensation for those opportunities weren’t enough to entice him to make a full commitment.
In the opening segment, Francesa spent little time addressing his departure, the four months away from the station or CMB’s stint in his old timeslot. Instead he talked about the Yankees, NFL Draft, the warm weather and today’s guest list which includes Alex Rodriguez, Eli Manning, Mike McCagnan and Jay Wright.
When the second segment rolled around, Francesa began to offer his insights on his time away from the microphone. He admitted that he missed doing the show and didn’t expect to be back. He shared his enthusiasm for the new “Mike’s On” app and website which he’s developing as part of a partnership with Entercom and CAA Sports. Francesa said the plan is for the product to be fully functional by the fall. It’ll serve as the home of the “Mike’s Football Sunday” show and offer exclusive audio and video content including archived material from his career as well as new voices.
Regarding his venture into radio free agency, Francesa said he received a lucrative offer from the Musburger’s and their growing network VSiN. Although he was extremely impressed with their business and has personal ties to Brent, he ultimately didn’t feel it was the right fit. SiriusXM was also interested in bringing him into the fold, but in the end, Mike felt the best fit was The Fan and he’s committed to being a part of the station for the next few years.
Earlier in the day Francesa met with station boss Mark Chernoff and the hosts of CMB, Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott to wipe the slate clean. Hurt feelings may still exist for some but publicly all involved say they’re moving forward and turning the focus towards helping the radio station remain successful.