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Francesa Calls Out Marchand Over App Report

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It’s Mike vs. Marchand.

Two days after sending New York into a frenzy by stating Entercom and the Mike’s On app may not be compatible, Francesa conducted an epic rant of which New York Post reporter, Andrew Marchand received the brunt of.

Since announcing his new Mike’s On app would cost subscribers $8.99 per month, Francesa has received plenty of questions about the platform’s success and worth.  Marchand has been largely critical of the app, mocking its quality of content and quantity of subscribers.

After reporting Michael Kay was threatening Francesa in the fall ratings book and stating the Sports Pope could soon drop either the app or his FAN show, Francesa lost his patience and unleashed a 15 minute verbal attack on the New York Post reporter. “A little wanna be who couldn’t get a job at FAN,” said Mike.

“It’s just him shooting a bunch of nonsense…like he did about ratings, which he got from somebody at an opposing station because they thought they might have beat me for a week, but what he didn’t report was I took off time that week to do the Adam Sandler movie, he forgot to bring that up…but of course he wouldn’t…because he’s that poor of a reporter.”

According to Francesa, Marchand stated the Mike’s On app had just 300 subscribers.  Mike negated the report, upping the ante by offering Marchand $10,000 per subscriber in cash if he could prove the app had less than 1,000 subscribers, a small sum of $10 million.  But if the number of subscribers totaled more than 1,000, Marchand had to pay $10,000 for every subscriber over 1,000 to a charity.  It seemed like a trivial way of making a point, but when Marchand contacted WFAN PD Mark Chernoff to set up a time to discuss the app, he was told Francesa ridiculously demanded $500,000 in escrow.

During a recent appearance on Jimmy Traina’s Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Marchand was asked if he was the one who reported the Mike’s On app only had 300 subscribers.  “I did not report the 300,” said Marchand, adding “I don’t believe that it’s going too well.”

So where did the 300 number come from?  In a September appearance on Traina’s podcast, Marchand said the following.

“Is Mike really going to get the guests that he once did? Is the Green Bay Packers coach going to come on like he once did on the FAN show when they taped it during the week? I just can’t imagine if you’re the Green Bay Packers PR guy and they call you up and say we’d like to have Mike McCarthy on and they’re going to say ‘well what’s your listenership?’…well we have 300 people that have downloaded the app.”

It certainly wasn’t an endorsement of Mike’s app, but the 300 number presented by Marchand was used as an example more than a report.

While Marchand has no plans to put $500,000 in escrow to do an interview with Francesa, nor should he, Mike took to Twitter to disparage the Post reporter one more time Wednesday night.

“The little weasel said I didn’t have 300 subs. Said last night he only knew of one subscriber. But when challenged at 1,000 (One thousand) subs. He would get 10,000 dollars in cash for every sub under 1,000. He ran. FRAUD and LIAR” tweeted Francesa.

Mike is under no obligation to release his number of app subscribers to the public, there is little precedent for doing so, but some of Marchand’s complaints about the app remain legitimate. If Mike could get past the unrealistic $10,000 per subscriber wager, an on-air meeting between Francesa and Marchand could be great radio, maybe it would even be smart to make at an app exclusive.

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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Tiki & Tierney Continue Welcoming WFAN Legends With Jody McDonald

“McDonald and Tierney hosted mid-days on ESPN Radio New York together from 2010 to 2011.”

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Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber made their official debut on WFAN earlier this month, and the duo is planning to continue its trend on Wednesday of bringing back former FAN greats to celebrate being on their new radio home.

Tierney announced on Twitter on Tuesday that former co-host and WFAN veteran Jody McDonald will be on Tiki and Tierney during the noon hour on Wednesday, following up an appearance from Joe Benigno last week.

McDonald currently hosts late nights on WIP in Philadelphia but also hosts weekends on FAN. He’s had a number of stints on WFAN in the past, beginning his career with the station when it launched in 1987.

McDonald and Tierney hosted mid-days on ESPN Radio New York together from 2010 to 2011.

Benigno retired from WFAN in 2020 after a career at the station that spanned 25 years.

Tiki and Tierney can be heard on WFAN every day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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8 Radio Hosts Win State Sportscaster Of The Year Awards

“BSM counts eight sports talk hosts that will be taking home trophies as well.”

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The National Sports Media Association named its 2022 award winners on Tuesday afternoon. While the national awards get most of the attention, awards for the best sportswriter and best sportscaster of the year are handed out for all 50 states by the organization.

Sports radio was well represented. Plenty of teams’ radio play-by-play voices were recognized. BSM counts eight sports talk hosts that will be taking home trophies as well.

Keith Murphy from Des Moines’s KXnO has been named Iowa sportscaster of the year. ESPN Lincoln afternoon host Chris Schmidt won the award for Nebraska. Jerry Recco, who can be heard in the mornings on WFAN, won the New Jersey award for his work on Learfield’s Rutgers Sports Properties. Jeff Siembieda won in New Mexico for his work on The Sports Animal in Albuquerque. Adam Gold, whose show is syndicated but originates from 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, won for North Carolina. Oregon’s award goes to AJ McCord of 1080 The Fan in Portland. Wes McElroy, who recently left the radio industry, took home the award for Virginia. And Washington’s winner is KJR’s Ian Furness.

All of the winners are invited to attend the ceremony in Winston-Salem, NC in June. Trophies are handed out to award winners from every category on both the state and national level.

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Motor Racing Network Announces Coverage of Historic L.A. Coliseum Event

Many celebrities will be in attendance to enjoy and perform at the event, including L.A. native, actor, filmmaker, and rapper Ice Cube.

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All eyes will be on NASCAR as the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum takes center stage at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. Motor Racing Network will have the call as NASCAR transforms this century-old venue into a quarter-mile, asphalt bullring and debuts the highly anticipated, all-new, state-of-the-art, NextGen NASCAR race car and wave the green flag on the 2022 racing season.

“NASCAR racing has a rich history competing on short, flat racetracks across the country,” said Chris Schwartz, Motor Racing Network President. “And in less than a month we will be able to say that we have done so at a tradition-rich venue that has hosted the Olympic games twice and the first Super Bowl!”

Many celebrities will be in attendance to enjoy and perform at the event. A couple of the most well-known artists will make appearances including L.A. native, actor, filmmaker, and rapper Ice Cube. “Mr. Worldwide” himself and Trackhouse Racing team owner Pitbull will also be performing at the event.

MRN’s broadcast plans over the two-day event include single car qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET to set the lineups for Sunday’s elimination heat races. Coverage on Sunday, Feb. 6 includes play-by-play for all four heat races, two last-chance qualifying races, and the 150-lap main event. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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