25 Facts About Mike Francesa

1. Mike Francesa pushed back against a report that Chernoff was against his return.

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2. Mike Francesa would not say what station he was referring to.

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3. On Tuesday, Mike Francesa told Newsday that he planned to return to WFAN but cryptically mentioned this as a reason: "This is for those who started this campaign in recent days.

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4. Mike Francesa said the radio show will emanate from "multiple sites", presumably including the station's lower Manhattan studios and his Manhasset home.

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5. Mike Francesa wants to develop new sports talk voices through the app.

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6. Mike Francesa insisted his return is about more than a mere radio program; it is part of a larger project built around a new app he is developing in partnership with CAA Sports and Entercom.

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7. Mike Francesa is currently at the age of 64 which is the current age of Nicolette Scorsese.

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8. Mike Francesa spent most of his time focusing on college sports on College and Pro Football Newsweekly, before joining the network.

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9. Mike Francesa tied the knot with his ex-wife, Kate Francesa, in the year 1983.

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10. Mike Francesa was ranked the No 1 sports talk radio host for the second year in a row by Talkers in 2013, and then again in 2014.

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11. Mike Francesa credited colleagues at WFAN for his success with special salute to Russo.

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12. In 2012, Mike Francesa was ranked No 1 of the 100 most important sports talk radio hosts in America by Talkers Magazine.

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13. Mike Francesa had emergency knee surgery on August 31, 2006, to repair his shattered kneecap when he played golf the day before in Westhampton Beach, New York.

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14. Mike Francesa admitted to going to the hospital to get an angioplasty done.

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15. Mike Francesa attended Maria Regina High School, now Kellenberg, in Uniondale, and graduated from St John's University in 1977, majoring in communications and athletic administration.

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16. Mike Francesa was born and raised in Long Beach, New York.

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17. On December 24, 2016, Mike Francesa said goodbye on his last ever Mike Francesa Football Sunday after CBS didn't renew it for 2017.

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18. Mike Francesa changed his trademark intro to the show to "From the studios of WFAN in New York and simulcast across the country on Fox Sports 1, this is Mike's On: Francesa on the FAN".

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19. Mike Francesa regularly contributed to the Imus in the Morning program with his views on sports while it aired on WFAN and Westwood One.

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20. Mike Francesa announced on the radio that he quit CBS on April 1, 1993 before the 1993 Final Four began.

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21. Mike Francesa was hired by CBS Sports in 1982 as a researcher, focusing primarily on college sports.

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22. Mike Francesa started his career by spending six years at College and Pro Football Newsweekly.

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23. Mike Francesa was succeeded by Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott in the same time slot for the first ratings book of 2018.

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24. On December 15, 2017, Mike Francesa retired from his own show, Mike's On: Francesa on the FAN, which occurred during the afternoon drive slot formerly occupied by Mike's and the Mad Dog.

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25. Mike Francesa is primarily known in his former role co-hosting the Mike and the Mad Dog show on WFAN in New York City.

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