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Mike and the Mad Dog Shine During Reunion Special

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Despite being apart for eight years, Mike Francesa and Chris Russo haven’t lost any zip on their fastball.

The partners of 19 years on WFAN received raucous applause from the moment they took the stage for their three-hour reunion special LIVE from Radio City music hall. Russo opened with his classic, “Good afternoon, everybody!” and off they went, treating it just like any other show.

The show included live appearances by former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, former Yankees manager Joe Torre, former Rangers captain Mark Messier, former Mets skipper Bobby Valentin, and former Knicks Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy. All of them spoke with Mike and Chris for 15-20 minutes about their time in New York, and their future endeavors.

One thing that remained the same for the duo was their shtick as they offered their passionate opinions.

At one point, Russo screamed at free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was in the audience, to re-sign with the Jets. When Francesa countered Russo by asking “How much are they going to have to give him”? Russo replied “16 million” to which Mike followed up by adding “if that’s the number he’s heading there now to sign it. You’re going to look back in a few minutes and see an empty seat because he’s left the building to sign that deal”.

Prior to the show, Francesa and Russo allowed themselves to enjoy the moment and reflect back on what they had accomplished together.

“When we started, sports talk show was at the bottom. No one respected the job,” Francesa said. “Now kids go to school to become a sports talk show host. Now being a sports talk show host is a really good job.”

Added Russo: “Sports talk creates a bond. … I didn’t realize how many 35-, 40-year-olds are so into this. Twenty years ago, they were 10, but they listened to it with their fathers. So they have a bond with their father while listening to Mike and me.”

To buildup to the reunion show, WFAN aired a “Best of Mike and the Mad Dog” throughout the afternoon and early evening yesterday. The station brought back many of Mike and Chris’ famous debates and discussions, funny moments, and special interviews including a classic conversation with former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

The reunion special was carried LIVE on WFAN and SiriusXM radio, and on MSG television.

Credit to the New York Post who provided some of this information.

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Sports “The Buzz” Changes Signals in Raleigh/Durham

Capitol Broadcasting has moved “The Buzz” from 96.5 W243DK Durham and 99.3 W257CS Morrisville/Raleigh to 620 WDNC Durham and 1550 WCLY Raleigh.

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Sports “The Buzz” has moved from FM to AM in the Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina markets.

Capitol Broadcasting has moved “The Buzz” from 96.5 W243DK Durham and 99.3 W257CS Morrisville/Raleigh to 620 WDNC Durham and 1550 WCLY Raleigh. The brand’s programming can still be heard on 99.9 WCMC-HD2 in Holly Springs.

“The Buzz” features local morning show The Sports Shop with Reese and KMac hosted by Kevin McClendon and Erroll Reese from 7-10am. The remainder of their lineup is hosted by ESPN Radio’s national lineup.

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Dan Dakich: Local Media Should ‘Always’ Go After National Media

“Look, everybody has to be in everybody else’s business.”

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93.5/107.5 The Fan’s Dan Dakich told listeners Thursday that local media should “always” defend their markets against national media members.

A viewer claiming to be from Cleveland was watching Dakich’s show on YouTube and asked the former college basketball coach if local media should “go after” national media, referencing Ken Carman and Anthony Lima defending Browns fans from criticism from national outlets.

“Always,” Dakich said confidently. “I’m for me going after all media. They can come at me, too. Which they have. Which you’ve seen. Who cares? Look, everybody has to be in everybody else’s business.

“One thing I’ve learned is people don’t care as much as you think they do. People don’t even care a little bit as much as you think they do. ‘Oh my god, this was written about you!’ People don’t care. ‘Oh my god, you’re asking Deshaun Watson for an autograph?’ Yeah, people don’t care. We act like we do, and we’re supposed to, and we can do all the things that are supposed to make ourselves look good but people don’t care. People honestly don’t care.”

Dakich then went into a larger conversation about the ease with which media members can, and have, criticized the talk show host.

“There’s nothing easier than calling me out. I mean, damn. I mean, I’m low-hanging fruit,” Dakich said. “I’m a 60-year-old white dude. That has an opinion. That’s not liberal. It’s not conservative, either. It’s common sense. I’m the easiest guy in the world. Guys make their careers ripping on me. And they have. They jump-started a newspaper ripping on me,” Dakich said, alluding to the Indianapolis Star.

Star columnist Gregg Doyel recently wrote a scathing report ripping Dakich, who the writer called his former friend, saying the host has been “revealing his true character, one episode at a time” during the last few months.

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Gregg Giannotti Mocks Mad Dog For Mispronunciations

The clip ended with Giannotti, guest host Sal Licata, and update anchor Chris Lopresti cackling with laughter.

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has a penchant for mispronouncing athlete names, and Thursday morning during Boomer & Gio, Gregg Giannotti poked fun at Mad Dog for a recent clip.

“The Yankees traded for Bentendi from the Royals,” Russo said in the clip, referencing Andrew Benintendi. “I’m assuming he got his vaccination shot because the Yankees wouldn’t have traded for him unless he did. A guy like Bentendi, who’s got a lot of guys around him, is a good useful baseball player.

“Galloway is outta there,” Mad Dog continued, referring to former Yankee Joey Gallo. “He’ll be better than Galloway. If he’s blind, he’ll be better than Galloway. From that perspective you’ll get Bentendi up here.”

The clip ended with Giannotti, guest host Sal Licata, and update anchor Chris Lopresti cackling with laughter.

“Galloway stinks,” Giannotti said as he impersonated Russo. “We all know it. You know it. I know it. Get Galloway outta here.”

Radio Hall of Fame, right there,” guest host Sal Licata said.

“The year you’re getting out of Aaron Bayliff is off the charts,” Giannotti said tongue-in-cheek, meaning Aaron Judge.

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