He’s entertained New York sports fans on WFAN’s morning show for over a decade, but 18 months ago, Boomer Esiason entertained the idea of replacing Mike Francesa on afternoon drive.
In the fall of 2017, program director, Mark Chernoff had two major holes to fill in WFAN’s weekday lineup. With Mike Francesa’s retirement looming and Craig Carton’s stunning arrest, Chernoff needed an afternoon drive host and a point guard for their morning show.
Esiason worked with Carton for 10 years and rather than attempt to find a new partner, the former NFL MVP considered filling the afternoon void with Francesa on his way out. On a producers only podcast hosted by WFAN’s Evan Roberts, the morning show’s Al Dukes casually mentioned Boomer’s interest in hosting afternoons.
“Boomer had these thoughts of possibly going into the afternoon and wanted us all to come with him.”
Roberts followed up and asked Dukes if he thought Boomer’s interest was legitimate.
“I think he was considering it,” Dukes answered. “It was in his head, he asked us what we all thought.”
According to Dukes, the rest of the morning show wasn’t as keen on the idea of switching drive times as Boomer. Esiason and his radio team chose to stick with mornings on the Fan and build a show with new co-host Gregg Giannotti.
After the long search for a new afternoon tandem, Francesa returned from his short-lived retirement, squeezing his replacement Carlin, Maggie and Bart into midday hours. If Boomer took the afternoon gig, it’s hard to imagine FAN would’ve bailed on the show four months in to pave way for a Francesa return like they did with CMB.
While Esiason had interest in taking over WFAN’s afternoon show, but never actually hosted the timeslot, Francesa was hosting morning drive on the station exactly 12 years ago today. Pulling double duty, Mike and the Mad Dog had days where they hosted WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows after Don Imus was fired in April 2017. Francesa never had interest in permanently moving to the morning show, but his partner Chris Russo did.