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Mike Francesa App to Launch in August

Brandon Contes

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Mike Francesa, who took on a social media presence after coming out of retirement this past spring, announced via Twitter his new app will launch the last week of August.

Since returning to WFAN, Francesa has been adamant in stating part of the reason he chose to comeback was due to a partnership with WFAN and his planned “Mike’s On” app.  While specific details on the app have not been announced, there has been speculation that Entercom having an ownership stake in the platform will allow the app to offer archived Mike and the Mad Dog audio.

Timing for the app makes sense as Francesa previously said his popular Sunday NFL show will be streamed exclusively on the new Mike’s On platform.  With the first Sunday show being September 9th, a late August launch allows time for any wrinkles to be ironed out while giving fans an opportunity to subscribe.  A cost has not been announced, but the Mike’s On app is expected to have a fee.

Francesa’s weekday FAN show will also be available for streaming via the Mike’s On app.  The Hall-of-Fame host has expressed the desire to produce more video content on the app, possibly simulcasting the show as well as giving other voices an opportunity to be heard.

This is not Francesa’s first attempt at breaking into the digital world.  In 2012 Mike launched what he described as a “revolutionary” app called “Audio Roadshow.”  The app would give fans the chance to get in touch with Mike’s WFAN show and hear Francesa’s opinions while he was away from the studio.  The Audio Roadshow app was never fully embraced by fans or Mike himself and quickly became an ignored product.

Mike’s presence on Twitter has surprised many people and his desire to be available digitally in conjunction with Entercom and the sports agency CAA’s ownership in the Mike’s On app should help prevent this platform from falling by the wayside like Audio Roadshow did.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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