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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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Chick Hearn Headlines Radio Hall of Fame Legends Inductees

Amongst other accolades, he is credited with broadcast 3,338 consecutive Lakers game from November 21, 1965 to December 16, 2001.

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The Museum of Broadcast Communications announced today the selection of 10 new Legends inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame for 2022. This distinction honors those in the industry who have contributed greatly to it and have since passed away.

Chick Hearn, the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be amongst those inducted in Chicago next month. Hearn was the voice of the Lakers for 41 years (1961-2002). Amongst other accolades, he is credited with broadcast 3,338 consecutive Lakers game from November 21, 1965 to December 16, 2001.  

The full list of those to be inducted as part of the Legends class are:

  • MrDoug Banks– Nationally syndicated on-air personality;
  • MrJames Brown– Legendary singer, to be inducted as a radio station owner of WJBE Knoxville, TN;
  • MrBob Coburn– Host of the syndicated Rockline show;
  • Mr. Chick Hearn– Play-by-play announcer/voice of the Los Angeles Lakers;
  • MsBernice Judis– Owner and General Manager, WNEW-AM, 1930’s–1950’s;
  • MrSid Mark– Host of syndicated program, Sounds of Sinatra show for 60+ years;
  • Mr. Bobby O’Jay– On-air personality, WDIA-AM/Memphis;
  • MrPervis Spann– On-air personality, WVON-AM/Chicago;
  • Mr. James Thompson– Group W Broadcasting President and President of the Broadcasters Foundation;
  • Ms. Rosalie Trombley– Music Director of CKLW-AM/Detroit in the 1960’s–1970’s.

“The Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our 100+ year old industry,” Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame said. “I’m thrilled to see the Nominating Committee confirm the induction of these 10 individuals who each made such an impact on our industry in their time.”    

The Radio Hall of Fame will recognize its 2022 class of inductees, including the class announced in July, during a ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st.

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Tobin and Leroy Debut on WQAM Middays

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

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After a brief hiatus and the closure of 790 The Ticket, Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard officially returned to the Miami airwaves on Monday on 560 WQAM.

Tobin and Leroy debuted in its new midday timeslot of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the station.

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

Tobin added that the timing between when they made their exit from The Ticket and returned on WQAM was a bit off.

“It was a very weird week for us to take off last week. Because they were like, ‘Hey, you’re change times, you’re gonna change stations, and also it’s gonna be the busiest sports week of the year,'” he said. “So now we’re back, and nothing will happen this week.”

“There has been less action on days we thought we had to be here than what happened last week,” Hoard added.

Hoard actually arrived to the show late, citing traffic issues getting to the station. That was something even Tobin noted is an adjustment they have to make from when they were doing morning drive.

“We’ve all discovered here today is traffic is not the same at 8 a.m. as it is at 4 a.m.,” he said. “Very different.”

Tobin made sure WQAM listeners knew that even though they switched stations, the show isn’t changing. They continued with all the usual segments that fans know and love on Monday.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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