For the second time, Mike Francesa addressed his future at WFAN and for the second time he left questions to be answered. On Monday, Francesa spoke to SNY’sJonas Schwartz to expand on reports he claimed were “outrageous misinformation and outright lies.”
“First thing’s first: I have to decide whether it’s just gonna be the app or be the FAN,” Francesa told SNY. “We have to work this out because there are some issues where I think we are hitting a conflict. The app’s gotten big enough more quickly than we thought, and I think there’s a point where it does impact the radio show. So we have to decide how to work both of them.”
While Francesa’s WFAN future remains in question, the one thing that’s becoming clear is changes are likely. Since returning to WFAN almost a year ago, Francesa has maintained the app is a priority. Telling SNY on Monday he has to decide whether it’s the app or the FAN, opens the door for ending the Mike’s On platform.
The second major change is the possibility of a co-host, which Francesa clarified to SNY would be an additional voice, but not an equal counterpart. “Not a 50-50 relationship – but Mike and the Mad Dog wasn’t a 50-50 anyway. Just ask him. He complained all the time that it wasn’t,” Francesa joked. “I’m not trying to recreate Mike and the Mad Dog, nor do I think anybody ever will. It would be more of a sidekick deal, but someone who could host a show when I’m not here.”
The drama about Francesa’s future came at the right time, generating extra attention as the winter ratings finish line nears. In addition to possibly changing the scope of his show, Mike is gearing up for a jumpstart to the spring ratings book, announcing WWE megastar Roman Reigns in studio and a full-show with A-Rod as his co-host are on the horizon. Francesa jokingly made sure to clarify the three-time baseball MVP will not be the permanent second voice he’s searching for.
Joey Votto Tells Dan Patrick He Has Had Analyst Job Offers; No Firm Offers to Play
“I’m on the show and I am here to hock my wares. I’m hopeful that a Dan Patrick push will get me a job. So, here I am.”
Joey Votto is campaigning for a job, but unfortunately the offers he continues to get are for media jobs and that is not what he is looking for, yet. Votto took to X to ask for an interview on The Dan Patrick Show and he made it clear when the interview began that he was looking for a push.
Patrick asked Votto how his morale is doing as Spring Training is underway and he has not yet received a solid offer to play. “Low, it’s as low as it gets, and I just don’t see it getting any better,” he said. “But, I’m on the show and I am here to hock my wares. I’m hopeful that a Dan Patrick push will get me a job. So, here I am.”
The veteran first baseman spent all 17-years of his big-league career with the Reds. The team declined a $20 million option for 2024, opting instead to pay a $7 million buyout.
Many have thought Votto will make a terrific baseball analyst when he does decide to hang up his cleats. Barrett Sports Media’s Andy Masur recently listed Votto as an athlete to watch when it comes to future standout analysts.
Masur wrote in part, “Votto’s personality is unbelievable. He was always talking to fans when he was on-deck or even in the field. A man of the people and a man that is really good behind the mic. While rehabbing from a shoulder injury in 2022 Votto did a couple of stints in the Reds’ TV booth, even doing a little play-by-play… Here’s hoping Votto considers this vocation when he’s done with his current one. He’s got what it takes to be really good. Perhaps the most important to current broadcasts, he respects the industry.”
As it relates to offers on getting a media career started, Votto said, “Funny enough, I’ve had 10-times the analyst jobs over this offseason than I have had any baseball offers.”
Mike Stone Does First Fill-In Shift on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit
“I drove across the state to thank [Tigers manager] A.J. Hinch for all he was able to do with me when I did the morning show.”
Mike Stone said he wasn’t retiring. Two weeks to the day after stepping away from the morning show at 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, ‘Stoney’ filled in for Mike Valenti with Rico Beard.
Prior to the show starting, Stone did the crosstalk segment with Doug Karsch and Scott ‘Gator’ Anderson on Karsch & Anderson. Stone had said he was headed to Florida when he ended his final full-time appearance on the station. Today, he gave the hosts and listeners the insight on how his trip went.
“It was good, got to see a few innings of Tigers baseball,” Stone said. “I drove across the state to thank [Tigers manager] A.J. Hinch for all he was able to do with me when I did the morning show and I said ‘you’ll be more sick of me now, because now that I don’t have to get up early, I’ll be at more games.'”
Stone said his golf game is not doing badly, although he said one range session made him not want to play the game anymore.
Beard was excited to welcome Stone backto the station and said they had done one previous show together, which was a Lions based broadcast, however this was their first weekday talk show together.
Stone had told listeners the day of his last morning show, “I am not retiring. I will be here for two years filling in for a lot of shows, Lions football, I will have a presence at the draft. It’ll be different, yes…And when those two years are over, who knows, I might want to staty another two years.”
Stone signed on with The Ticket in 2009 and hosted with Rob Parker, Bill McAllister and Jamie Samuelsen before starting with Jon Jansen. Prior to his time with the outlet, he was one-half of the Stoney and Wojo Show on WDFN with Bob Wojnowski.
Jim Costa has taken Stone’s place and the show is now known as Costa and Jansen, as he joins Jansen and Heather Park.
FOX Sports Radio Adds New Affiliate in New Orleans
The signal had previously been home to Cumulus’ Nash Icon format since November, 2018, and was known as “The Gulf South’s Country Station.”
Cumulus Media has flipped 106.1 FM (WRKN) in New Orleans to ‘106.1 The Ticket’ and is airing FOX Sports Radio programming. The signal had previously been home to Cumulus’ Nash Icon format since November, 2018, and was known as “The Gulf South’s Country Station.”
Since signing on in 1991, the signal has been several different formats, including sports from 2012-2015. At that time, the station was a CBS Sports Radio affiliate and aired mostly national programming along with one local show, The Sports Hangover, hosted by Gus Kattengell. That show currently airs on rival sports station ESPN New Orleans (100.3 FM).
FOX Sports Radio features The Dan Patrick Show and The Herd with Colin Cowherd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET with 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe with LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox in mornings and The Doug Gottlieb Show in afternoons.