NEW YORK (WFAN) — He’s baaaaack!
WFAN host Mike Francesa will make his big return to television when the simulcast of his award-winning sports-talk show debuts Monday afternoon on Fox Sports 1.
“I have to admit, I’ve missed it,” Francesa recently told Newsday’s Neil Best. “I admit it. The TV gives it a little edge that I miss. I’m looking forward to getting back on.”
Francesa’s show will be televised on Fox Sports 1 weekdays from 1-4 p.m. and Fox Sports 2 from 4-6 p.m. “Mike’s On” airs locally on WFAN radio — 660-AM and 101.9-FM — and nationwide on WFAN.com, Radio.com and a variety of streaming apps.
If you’re not sure where to tune in, Fox Sports has a channel finder on its website.
Fox Sports and CBS Radio announced the simulcast on March 12.
“We are thrilled to add Mike Francesa to our Fox Sports family of channels,” Fox Sports 1 COO David Nathanson said in a statement. “Mike is without question one of the most popular sports personalities in New York and has maintained a significant national reputation through his syndicated NFL show and his WFAN program, which was previously simulcast on YES. He’s knowledgeable and opinionated with an ability to attract top-name guests who appeal to sports fans everywhere.”
Francesa has for more than 25 years been the on-air cornerstone of WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports talk radio station launched in July 1987. Since 2008, Francesa has hosted his own afternoon show, “Mike’s On.”
From 1989 to 2008, he had a critically acclaimed on-air partnership with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who together co-hosted the Mike and the Mad Dog Show.
In 2000 the Francesa-Russo duo became the first sports-talk hosts ever to win the Marconi Award for Major Market Personality of the Year, an award Francesa received as an individual in 2012, placing him on a very select list of multiple Marconi winners, and the first sports radio host to ever earn radio’s biggest honor more than once. Both Talkers Magazine and Radio Ink recognized Francesa as the No. 1 sports talk host in the country, and Talkers ranked him the 35th most important radio talk show host of all time.
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