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Mike Francesa Makes His Return to WFAN

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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.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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