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Francesa: App Will Eventually be my Broadcast Home

Brandon Contes

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“You’re never going to catch me tweeting, I promise you,” said Mike Francesa back in 2012.  This has to be one statement that even Francesa would admit was incorrect as he’s up late at night tweeting to his 88.5k followers.  Not only does the iconic radio host tweet thoughts about the local sports teams, but he also interacts with followers, posts videos, and announces career updates, including information about life after FAN again.

The Mike’s On app is scheduled to debut August 24th, which Francesa announced on Twitter earlier this summer.  This week Francesa conducted a video Q&A from Twitter’s NYC headquarters, and his app became one of the featured topics due to it being less than two weeks away from launching.

“It’s going to be me on it all the time. It eventually will be my broadcast home. I will be on it, I will be on it all the time, I will be on it at crazy hours, I might be on it at 7 in the morning and I might be on it at 2am after a big game. So yes, I will be on the app all the time. I promise you, you’ll get sick of me I’ll be on the app so long,” said Mike in a Twitter video

“It eventually will be my broadcast home,” is a statement that makes the success of his new app worth watching.  Francesa plans to integrate the app into listeners’ regular consuming habits over the course of the next two years which will better prepare him for leaving WFAN for a second time.

After Mike attempted to launch a similar concept in 2012 with the “Audio Roadshow App” Francesa is much more committed to a social media presence and remaining active on his new app today than he was with the first go-around.  The plan with the Audio Roadshow App was to interact with fans outside of the show, but no comments or videos outside of WFAN were ever posted on the app.

If Mike views his current tenure at WFAN as a holding tank until he’s ready to make Mike’s On his exclusive home, showing a commitment to the app and social media in general is something he needs to continue doing.

Along with offering a live simulcast of his WFAN show, the Mike’s On app will be the exclusive home for Francesa’s Sunday morning NFL program. Highlights from Francesa’s 30-year WFAN career will be featured on the app, along with new audio and video content from Mike and potentially other voices.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Ken Carman Continues To Look For Play-By-Play Opportunities

“I just can’t — for the life of me — understand how I drop hint after hint after hint over the last decade and nothing.”

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92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman has not been shy about his ambitions to one day work as a play-by-play announcer. One of the more frustrating things for Carman is that his co-host, Anthony Lima, works as a play-by-play broadcaster for Mid-American Conference football games for ESPN+.

“How do I put this? I am jealous but I’m not — quintessential jealousy is like I want something bad to happen to Anthony,” Carman said. “I don’t want anything bad to happen to Anthony. I want him to do a good job and keep doing games. I just can’t — for the life of me — understand how I drop hint after hint after hint over the last decade and nothing.”

When a producer told Carman instead of dropping hints he should drop job applications, the host replied “I’ve tried that route”.

“It’s been a decade and now it’s getting to the point where it’s pathetic. That’s why I’m not gonna sit there and say ‘You want me to fill out an application?’.”

Carman believes if he were to be the play-by-play broadcaster for a game, it would bring increased viewership, adding he tunes into to football games just to hear his partner on the call.

When a listener sent a text to the program saying Carman isn’t jealous of Lima but he is envious, he agreed saying “Anthony lives my dream every Saturday, and I tune in and watch Anthony and hope for the best for him”.

Lima concluded by saying the pair went every broadcasting job in the city, and in turn they tune in and watch people worse than them do higher profile jobs.

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Brady Quinn: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Criticism ‘One of the Dumbest Things I’ve Heard’

“And that’s saying something because Booger was on Monday Night Football and he said a lot of dumb stuff during that period of time.”

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Last week, Booger McFarland said New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Many criticized him for the stance, and FOX Sports Radio host Brady Quinn is the latest to point out the perceived absurdity in the comments.

During an appearance on the Pick Six Podcast, Quinn levied harsh criticism for the ESPN NFL analyst, saying it was completely unwarranted.

“It was one of the dumbest thing I’ve heard on air,” said Quinn. “And that’s saying something because Booger was on Monday Night Football and he said a lot of dumb stuff during that period of time.”

Quinn later made comments questioning McFarland’s legitimacy as an analyst.

“The interesting thing is that Booger came out on Ross Tucker’s podcast and defended himself as an analyst,” added Quinn. “O.K., well you just contradicted what you just said. Because as an analyst, you’re supposed to be analyzing what’s on the field. The last time I checked, you don’t have a doctorate or you’re not a doctor in understanding the sociology of the relationship or the parenting or anything else that goes along with that yet you want to analyze that. It was a bizarre deal.”

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Greg Hill Creates NFTs For Foundation Fundraiser

“I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”

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Greg Hill has done several good works with his foundation in New England, and has now created a new way for those to give to his charity on Giving Tuesday.

During The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, Hill announced NFTs will now be available as an option for those who seek to give to the organization.

“Because we wanted to try find a different way for you to give on Giving Tuesday –those of you who would normally give to The Greg Hill Foundation or to any other charity — I am pleased to tell you that we are — at this moment — dropping the first ever Greg Hill Foundation NFTs.”

After the show joked that he is the owner of a Marconi Award and now featured in NFTs, he should retire, Hill joked “I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”

Hill then added NFT buyers will be invited to a private event at Cisco Brewers Seaport in Boston. Buyers will also be in a raffle to win tickets to The Greg Hill Foundation events, a suite to a Boston Celtics game, $1,500 cash, or two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert this summer.

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