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Mike Francesa: ‘Steve Cohen Should Have Bought WFAN’

“The names they were discussing may have changed, but the passion and the takes sounded a lot like the late-90s and early 2000s during afternoon drive.”

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Reunions of Mike Francesa and Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo are not as rare as they used to be, but when they happen, they are still must-listen radio for New York sports fans. Wednesday night another one of those reunions happened on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio and it sounded a lot like old times.

After opening by praising Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame career, Francesa ripped the Yankees for their recent struggles, calling recently-acquired Joey Gallo “an embarrassment!”. Both Mike & Mad Dog laid into the coaches of the Jets and Giants. The names they were discussing may have changed, but the passion and the takes sounded a lot like the late-90s and early 2000s during afternoon drive.

When the subject turned to the New York Mets, Russo pointed out that the team’s new owner seemed more interested in their jobs than his own, saying Steve Cohen “wants to be a sports talk radio star.”

“This hierarchy makes the Wilpons look like the Waltons,” Francesa said noting that maybe Cohen should have invested in WFAN instead of the Mets.

“He didn’t have to buy the team. He could have bought the station for a lot less.”

While the two sounded very comfortable together, there was not a lot of reminiscing going on. That was especially surprising given that this Saturday will mark twenty years since the terrorist attacks of September 11. To have a reunion of one of New York City’s most iconic radio duos and not mention that fact at all was a surprise.

Another media observation from Mike Francesa was focused on college football. Russo asked him about the great ratings the sport got across multiple networks over the weekend. Francesca pointed out that the sport is one of the few showing consistent growth on television. This season, the further spread of sports betting is helping.

“You have more people gambling now than ever. It’s insane. We are creating a country, a population of 18-year-olds, 20-year-olds, up to 40-year-olds, that are doing nothing but gambling,” Francesa said. “That’s all they do. They tweet on their phones. They go to TikTok. And they gamble on the games.”

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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