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Mike Francesa: ‘Steve Cohen Should Have Bought WFAN’

“The names they were discussing may have changed, but the passion and the takes sounded a lot like the late-90s and early 2000s during afternoon drive.”

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Reunions of Mike Francesa and Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo are not as rare as they used to be, but when they happen, they are still must-listen radio for New York sports fans. Wednesday night another one of those reunions happened on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio and it sounded a lot like old times.

After opening by praising Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame career, Francesa ripped the Yankees for their recent struggles, calling recently-acquired Joey Gallo “an embarrassment!”. Both Mike & Mad Dog laid into the coaches of the Jets and Giants. The names they were discussing may have changed, but the passion and the takes sounded a lot like the late-90s and early 2000s during afternoon drive.

When the subject turned to the New York Mets, Russo pointed out that the team’s new owner seemed more interested in their jobs than his own, saying Steve Cohen “wants to be a sports talk radio star.”

“This hierarchy makes the Wilpons look like the Waltons,” Francesa said noting that maybe Cohen should have invested in WFAN instead of the Mets.

“He didn’t have to buy the team. He could have bought the station for a lot less.”

While the two sounded very comfortable together, there was not a lot of reminiscing going on. That was especially surprising given that this Saturday will mark twenty years since the terrorist attacks of September 11. To have a reunion of one of New York City’s most iconic radio duos and not mention that fact at all was a surprise.

Another media observation from Mike Francesa was focused on college football. Russo asked him about the great ratings the sport got across multiple networks over the weekend. Francesca pointed out that the sport is one of the few showing consistent growth on television. This season, the further spread of sports betting is helping.

“You have more people gambling now than ever. It’s insane. We are creating a country, a population of 18-year-olds, 20-year-olds, up to 40-year-olds, that are doing nothing but gambling,” Francesa said. “That’s all they do. They tweet on their phones. They go to TikTok. And they gamble on the games.”

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Keyshawn Johnson: ‘I Don’t Like Sunday Night Baseball Putting Mics on Players’

“I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

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Most people seem to really like Sunday Night Baseball adding mics to players in the field this season. Fans and critics alike have commended ESPN for giving fans access that they have never had before. But don’t expect Keyshawn Johnson to join that praise chorus anytime soon.

“I don’t like the interaction with broadcast teams talking to players during the game, in the field,” he said on Monday morning’s edition of Keyshawn, JWill and Max.

The ESPN Radio morning man is convinced that eventually, the in-game conversations are going to cause a costly error.

Freddie Coleman, who was filling in for both Jay Williams and Max Kellerman, played a clip from Sunday night’s game for Johnson. In the clip, listeners could hear the Padres’ newly acquired slugger Juan Soto pleading with a ball hit by Cody Bellinger to stay in the park during the team’s 0-4 shutout loss to the Dodgers.

“I don’t like that as a player,” Johnson said. “I know the fans love it.”

He said that when he sees players mic’d up and answering a question during the game, he is constantly worried about how it will affect what happens on the field. He said he felt some empathy for the fielder on the mic once the ball is put into play, because if it comes that fielder’s way and he is distracted, the instant reaction from the crowd will be to question the player’s effort or ability rather than ask if the distraction is worth it.

Coleman pointed out that there is some very famous video of Keyshawn Johnson during his playing career mic’d up on the sidelines. Johnson defended NFL Films, saying that getting live sound of a game is very different than what Major League Baseball is making players do.

“That’s different than interacting with Karl Ravech and company in the booth. I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

The closing months of the regular season as playoff races start to take shape are not the ideal times for networks to be having conversations with guys in the middle of the field. That doesn’t mean it is never good content. Keyshawn Johnson said that as a viewer, he would welcome in-game interviews during Spring Training and the All-Star Game. He just has trouble believing players are happy to participate.

“It’s cool. I’m not mad that it’s being done. I just wouldn’t like it as a player,” he said.

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Rob Hipp Named New Voice of North Dakota State

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

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Rob Hipp is the new “Voice of the Bison”.

The former Sam Houston State play-by-play announcer will serve in the same capacity for North Dakota State. He replaces Jeff Culhane, who left the position for a similar role at Florida State earlier this summer.

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

“It’s an incredible opportunity and blessing to be here. The word that comes to mind with everything associated with NDSU is excellence,” Hipp said. “Matt Larsen, Coach (Matt) Entz, Coach (David) Richman, the support staff and everyone with Bison Sports Properties led by Josh Hartman made this a transparent and smooth process. I also want to thank Tom Boman with Learfield as well as Nancy Odney and the great people at Radio FM Media. My family and I are proud to be in Fargo!”

“We are thrilled to have Rob join the team at Radio FM Media as the new voice of the Bison, Director of Operations for Bison 1660-92.7, and Sports Director for our group,” said Radio FM COO Nancy Odney. “Rob is a very talented play-by-play announcer and a top sports radio host. His creative energy, new content, and passion for sports and broadcasting is going to be an exciting addition to the team.”

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Dan Graca Joining ESPN New York For Nighttime Show

“I couldn’t be more excited to come back to the place where it all began for me, once upon a time, as a wide-eyed intern,” he said in a tweet announcing the move.

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SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio host Dan Graca is joining ESPN New York as their new night time host.

Graca, who will host a show from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM had been with SiriusXM for the past 12 years. It’s a coming home moment for Graca, who interned at the station.

“I couldn’t be more excited to come back to the place where it all began for me, once upon a time, as a wide-eyed intern,” he said in a tweet announcing the move.

The 7:00 PM-10:00 PM position had previously been held by Chris Carlin, who moved to the national afternoon slot to pair with Chris Canty in April.

In addition to his new nighttime show, Graca will continue as the pre and post-game host for ESPN New York’s coverage of the New York Jets, a position he’s held the past four seasons.

His show is slated to begin on Monday, August 15th.

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