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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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Is CBS Sports Radio Ready to Take Over 660?

A report is swirling today that the upstart network is about get its much needed New York home–at the venerable 660 AM. That would mean, according to the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman, WFAN would no longer be a simulcast, just the 101.9 FM signal.

While WFAN and CBS Radio Sports officials offered no comment today, in October when the FM deal with Merlin Media was first announced, Mark Chernoff, the station operations manager, said, “We’re looking at it as a pure simulcast until further notice.”

Speculation is CBS Sports Radio could have a full time slot at 660 as early as next Monday, the day after the Super Bowl. The News says the WFAN group, led by Mike Francesa, “believes more people listen to the station on 660 (that might be because FAN has an older audience that doesn’t dial up FM) and leaving that frequency would be a terrible business move.”

WNBC’s Bruce Beck Nails Sixth Straight New York Sportscaster of the Year Award

Think of the New York Yankees of the 1940s and 1950, or to a lesser degree the Joe Torre era of the late 1990s. All the teams did was win. Well, Bruce Beck has become a local TV news dynasty.

For the sixth consecutive year, the WNBC sports anchor has been selected as the New York State Sportscaster of the Year. Beck shares the honor with SNY/Mets announcer Gary Cohen.

There’s no truth to the story that the annual award recipient chosen by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has been renamed the “Beck Award.”

“Well it’s not like winning a Barmash award – that’s a goal of mine,” Beck jokes.

In all seriousness, he says being recognized for the award a half-dozen times in a row is the mark of consistency.

“We strive for that in our field — just like the athletes we cover,” Beck tells FishbowlNY.

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The Annual Hungerthon Underway on CBS Radio Stations; Dedicated to Pete Fornatale

WhyHunger is the organization at the heart of Hungerthon, the yearly charity event broadcast today on many stations, primarily owned by CBS Radio.

Started in 1975, this year’s event takes on a special need–victims of Superstorm Sandy. The devastation altered the airing of Hungerthon, which traditionally runs close to Thanksgiving.

“Hurricane Sandy created a crisis that was front and center in everyone’s minds and life experience,” Noreen Springstead, director of marketing and fundraising for WhyHunger, tells FishbowlNY. “Families who had never before been without food or shelter were forced to endure these hardships for the first time, and many are still struggling to meet their basic needs.”

Despite the agency’s focus on the long-term poverty crisis, WhyHunger partnered with numerous tri-state groups to provide essential food and water to those struggling in the days and weeks since Sandy.

“Through Hungerthon’s many public service shows we are shining a spotlight on those organizations and also raising funds for their work,” Springstead says. “We have long-term relationships with the most effective organizations in New York and New Jersey that are solving the hunger problem and are able to support them during this critical time.”

Springstead says those in need can call the national hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry for assistance.

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WFAN to Begin FM Simulcast Friday

The deal is done! WFAN makes its debut as a FM simulcast of 660 AM Friday morning at 12:01.

Mike Francesa told listeners today that WFAN programming will duplicate on 101.9 FM, the frequency is currently owned by Merlin Media with its Alternative Rocker WRXP.

As we reported earlier this month, CBS Radio is acquiring the Merlin slot for $75 million. At the time, operations manager Mark Chernoff told FishbowlNY that the WFAN simulcast, which will use the call letters WFAN-FM, is until further notice. He said the next step for CBS Radio is to formally purchase the station.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Mike Francesa and WBLS Are Marconi Award Winners, September 21
  2. Sue Simmons (left) in First Interview Since Leaving WNBC: ‘I Cried Every Day,‘ September 26
  3. Cover Battle: GQ or Complex, September 20
  4. Sandra Lee is Launching a Magazine, September 26
  5. Vogue Issues Fantastic Correction, September 25
  6. Michael Moynihan Joins Newsweek/The Daily Beast, September 26

 

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Mike Francesa and WBLS Are Marconi Award Winners

The annual Marconi Awards were presented at last night’s NAB gala in Dallas. There is a touch of New York sprinkled in the awards that recognize the best in radio.

Mike Francesa was named Major Market Personality of the Year. The WFAN afternoon host since 1989, Francesa has been solo since 2008. Last week, Francesa, 58, made news of a different kind by briefly falling asleep on the air, which was captured on the YES Network simulcast.

WFAN, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in July, was nominated as legendary station for the first time. But KSTP-FM in Minneapolis/St. Paul took home the honor.

The whirlwind 2012 continues for WBLS. It was chosen as Urban Station of the Year. ‘BLS went from bankruptcy with floundering ratings, to new found popularity with an assist from ESPN, which moved to the former spot on the dial of KISS FM /WRKS 98.7. In the most recent Arbitron ratings, WBLS took solo possession of number two.

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WEPN Signs Michael Kay to a Three-Year Extension

Michael Kay will remain on double duty for several years to come. Kay inked a three-year deal as one of the main voices on ESPN New York 98.7 FM/WEPN. Kay hosts the afternoon slot from 3 to 7 p.m. with Don LaGreca, in a pivotal sports talk battle with the venerable Mike Francesa on WFAN.

“We’re delighted that Michael Kay will remain with ESPN New York 98.7,” WEPN VP/general manager Dave Roberts tells FishbowlNY. “Michael’s work ethic and his overall knowledge of sports in New York are key ingredients for nothing but success. He is a true professional and a winner.”

A Fordham University graduate, Kay has been the Yankees TV voice since the YES Network debuted in 2002. That same year, Kay launched his drive time show on ESPN Radio in New York.

(Video) Mike Francesa On-Air Nap Becomes Viral Sensation

Fear not if you haven’t seen Mike Francesa dozing off during his WFAN afternoon show this week, we have it after the jump. It was unbeknownst to his radio followers as the veteran host nodded while Yankee beat reporter Sweeny Murti had a live segment on the phone.

But for those who tuned into Francesa’s YES Network simulcast, they witnessed the nap in its entirety–less than 50 seconds.

During that time, Francesa (shown on the larger split screen with a still shot of Murti) appears to be reading something. Then his head drifts lower. Ultimately, he catches himself and awakes with a look for the ages. It’s not certain if Francesa bounced back on his own, if the producer was screaming in his ear, or if Murti startled Francesa. To his credit, Francesa didn’t miss a step. Not sounding groggy, he promptly resumed his professional give and take with Murti.

Along with a You Tube clip generating more than 200,000 views, All Access says the story was been reported as far away as Australia and Britain.

In July, as part of WFAN’s 25th anniversary, Francesa, 58, admitted that he was 50-50 on retiring after his contract expires in 2014.

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Eli Manning To Join WFAN, Mike Francesa During Giants Season

Defending Super Bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning has inked a multi-year deal with WFAN. Manning will be interviewed live by Mike Francesa at 5:05 p.m. (subject to change) the day after a game. The two-time Super Bowl MVP will be heard throughout the regular season and post-season on WFAN, online, and via apps for a variety of mobile devices.

His first appearance is set for Thursday, September 6. The Giants open the season on September 5 against the Dallas Cowboys.

“As the team’s flagship radio station, we’re proud to be the leading source of Giants news for football fans across the tri-state area,” says Mark Chernoff, Vice President of Programming, CBS Radio New York and WFAN Operations Manager. “Having Eli every week is guaranteed to give listeners the best commentary, insight and discussion with a perspective only he can offer on the New York Giants. This will be appointment radio at its best.”

All Giants games throughout the regular- and post-season can be heard on-air at Sports Radio 66 WFAN, and in digital quality sound on 92.3 WXRK-FM (HD-3).

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