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Mike Francesa Inks New Multi-Year Deal To Stay At WFAN

New York sports talk-radio icon Mike Francesa has inked a new, long-term deal with CBS Radio. As part of the deal he will continue on as a host at WFAN (660AM/101.9FM) in the PM drive slot (1:30-6:30PM), and will also bring his WFAN Sunday program “The NFL Now” to more than 250 CBS Sports Radio affiliates.

Francesa has been a staple on WFAN and in the sports radio world for more than 25 years. His show is also simulcast on YES Network.

“Mike has earned his place in radio history as a great broadcaster and we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with sports radio’s most celebrated host,” said Dan Mason, president and CEO of CBS Radio in a statement.  “WFAN and Mike Francesa are synonymous with the absolute best in sports programming excellence.  These two powerful brands have endured the test of time, and remain a very relevant force in the industry nearly three decades after they first went on the air.”

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Kevin Weatherly Re-ups with KROQ, CBS Radio

It’s an old axiom: Figure out what you want (and love) to do at an early age, and life as a grown-up will be pretty great.

Kevin Weatherly (pictured) certainly bears that out. The man CBS Radio president Dan Mason calls “one of the most influential and respected programmers in the music industry today” got the professional ball rolling while still in middle school. From the official announcement:

Weatherly’s career in radio began at age 12 at KPIN-FM in Casa Grande, Arizona. From 1983–87, he worked as a disc jockey and music director at KZZP-FM in Phoenix. Weatherly became the music director for KMEL-FM in San Francisco in 1987. From there, Weatherly became music director at Los Angeles’ KIIS-FM in 1988.

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WFAN Making the Move to FM in November

In a bold, if not unexpected maneuver, WFAN will make the leap to FM in November. The New York Times columnist Richard Sandomir broke the news via Twitter today.

FishbowlNY first told you about the factors weighing in CBS Radio’s favor to create a WFAN-FM. We speculated that WFAN would be moved “in-house” to either 102.7 FM, home of Fresh 102.7 or NOW FM 92.3.  However, CBS Radio has confirmed its acquisition of Merlin Media’s ill-fated 101.9/WRXP for the purchase price of $75 million.

CBS Radio said in a statement that WFAN will remain on 660 AM with a simulcast on 101.9.

We have the memo from Merlin CEO Randy Michaels to staffers after the jump.

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‘Tic Tak’ Calls His Time at 92.3 NOW a ‘Dream’

As we reported earlier in the week, Mark Allen, known to 92.3 NOW listeners as “Tic Tak,” left the station.

Allen tells FishbowlNY that it was his decision to leave, as he begins his next path in radio.

“About a month ago, I decided to pursue my dreams of programming great radio,” Allen says.

So, after his Friday afternoon shift, Allen exited stage left. But, not before showering praise on the station and CBS Radio.

“Doing afternoons at 92.3 NOW (WXRK) was like a dream, and I cannot speak higher about the people at CBS Radio,” Allen admits. “I highly recommend CBS Radio as a great place to work.”

Among those Allen singles out are Dan Mason (CEO, CBS Radio) and Greg Strassel (Senior VP of Programming), along with the entire staff at NOW.

Allen, 40, had been with NOW since March 2009.  

“Now it is time for me to go on a road trip and listen to the radio stations near you because I am a radio geek,” Allen says.