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Mike Francesa Joins WFAN’s Weekend Lineup

“The Sports Pope will be heard every Sunday morning starting at 9 for four hours.”

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During the coronavirus outbreak, WFAN is trying to limit the use of part-timers. The goal is to limit the number of people (and germs) coming into the Entercom studios in New York City. The station will instead use stars from its weekday lineup to fill weekend shifts.

Mike Francesa, who does only a half hour of radio on weekdays, will get substantially more time on the weekends for the foreseeable future. The Sports Pope will be heard every Sunday morning starting at 9 for four hours.

In order to maintain social distancing and limit the number of bodies in the building, the WFAN weekend lineup is being simulcast on the CBS Sports Radio network. CBS Sports Radio is also owned by Entercom and originates from the same building as WFAN.

The full weekend lineup features some well-known names.

SATURDAY LINEUP

Joe Benigno (6-10 a.m.)

Evan Roberts (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Boomer Esiason & Gregg Giannotti (2-6 p.m.)

John Jastremski (6 p.m.-10 p.m.)

Steve Somers (10 p.m.-2 a.m.)

Sal Licata (2 a.m.-6 a.m.)

SUNDAY LINEUP

Mike Francesa (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Damon Amendolara (1-4 p.m.)

Moose & Maggie (4-7 p.m.)

Jody McDonald (7-10 p.m.)

Richard Neer (10 p.m.-2 a.m.) 

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Paul Bissonnette: ‘Wayne Gretzky’s Kids Helped Me Land TNT Gig’

“Paul Bissonnette said that Ty and Trevor reached out to their dad shortly after they heard that he was going to part of TNT’s NHL plans.”

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If you’re going to party, party with the right people. That is a lesson that has served Paul Bissonnette well. He told Pat McAfee that it lead directly to a relationship with Wayne Gretzky and to a job on TNT’s NHL studio show.

Before he broke through as the host of Barstool’s Spittin’ Chiclets podcasts, Bissonnette played six seasons in the NHL. Most of that time was spent with the Arizona Coyotes. He got to the team a year after Wayne Gretzky was the coach.

Even after he was fired, Gretzky kept his home in the Phoenix area. His sons Ty and Trevor lived there with another friend while they attended Arizona State University. Bissonnette described the home as a mansion and said he attended a lot of parties there.

“Let’s put it this way, I was batting 1.000 at this place,” he told McAfee. “The girls were like everywhere.”

Partying with the Gretzky sons opened the door to gaining Wayne’s trust. Paul Bissonnette said that Ty and Trevor reached out to their dad shortly after they heard that he was going to part of TNT’s NHL plans.

“That was an easier transition to meeting him because they actually vouched for me and told him, when he got the TNT gig, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta get Biz on. He does Spittin’ Chiclets. I think it would help the broadcast.’ Wayne ended up putting in a good word and then it all worked out.”

Co-host AJ Hawk asked Bissonnette what it was like to now be friends with someone that was an icon to him in his youth. Bissonnette described Wayne Gretzky as a “guy’s guy” and said he values time spent in The Great One’s dressing room drinking beer and telling stories.

“Buddy, it’s a dream come true, and that alone is incentive enough for me to fly out here once a week or twice a week and do this gig.”

The interview was a lot of fun and ended with Paul Bissonnette acknowledging that there are two unsung heroes of his personal and professional lives.

“I really gotta thank his kids Ty and Trevor for the introduction and for helping me get laid.”

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Scott Zolak: Tom Brady Should Retire And Go To Fox Right Now

“When I hear Tom Brady say how he has more to prove, what exactly, what is it?!”

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Whenever Tom Brady decides to actually quit playing in the NFL for good, we now know what his next chapter will be.

News broke Tuesday that Brady has signed a contract to become the new lead analyst for FOX’s top NFL broadcast booth. The deal, according to reports, is for 10 years, $375 million.

Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand came back from commercial break on Tuesday after having just talked about Brady’s move when they heard the official financial figures involved in the deal.

Zolak said there’s no question Brady should quit sooner rather than later.

“When I hear Tom Brady say how he has more to prove, what exactly, what is it?!” he said. “Like those numbers? Come on!”

Bertrand took the conversation in a different direction saying that this mega-contract is setting Brady up to eventually be a sports team owner.

“Ownership of something will be in play,” he said. “With his connections, as he’s starting to spread out…There’s something else coming on top of this after this. This is step one of the process. This guy’s got a plan.”

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Bob Heussler Reflects On WFAN Career

“I will be in the rotation a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to completely disappear.”

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Another longtime voice at WFAN is stepping away from the microphone. This time, it is Bob Heussler cutting down his work schedule. He won’t be gone completely from the station though.

Heussler, who has been at the station since 1993 and is affectionately known to listeners as “Mr. Met,” will no longer be a full-time voice on WFAN’s airwaves. His last day as a full-timer will be May 12th.

“This is my last week as a full-timer,” he said on Tiki & Tierney. “I will be in the rotation a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to completely disappear. I’ll pick up a part-time shift here or there. But for all intents and purposes, Brandon, this is it as far as an everyday presence is concerned.”

Heussler reflected on being an original listener of WFAN when it went live in 1987. He said he’s always been an avid radio listener and been passionate about the industry. Getting to work at WFAN was at the top of his career achievements list.

“Arriving at The Fan was a huge moment for me,” he said. “I told some people recently that I am one of those people who was listening on July 1, 1987 when The Fan went on the air.”

Heussler also talked about the evolution of the role update anchors play. With how fast news travels nowadays, the role has changed.

“Back then, and certainly at the beginning in 1987, the updates were the key to the works early on,” he said.

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