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Mike Francesa on TV simulcast: 'Have a little patience'

Mike Francesa talks about what a typical day

Opening Day began a new era in local New York baseball media, with the Mets on WOR radio and Mike Francesa for the first time in his career hosting a WFAN show during a Mets game.

Tuesday night will bring another change: YES carrying a simulcast of Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show on a day when YES’ play-by-play man will call a regular-season Yankees game.

How will that work logistically?

The...

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Mike Francesa returns to TV on Fox Sports 1

Mike Francesa is shown in his home in

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Just after 1 p.m. ET Monday, WFAN's Mike Francesa returned to television for the first time since his final simulcast on the YES Network Super Bowl Sunday morning.

Francesa, sporting a new look with fashionable dark-framed glasses, welcomed viewers to Fox Sports 1, which will carry the show from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. The final 2.5 hours will be seen on Fox Sports 2, which nationally is available...

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CBS believes Boomer and Carton are national treasures

Radio hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, of

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Mike Francesa returns to TV Monday with a simulcast on Fox Sports 1 (and 2), joining his WFAN confreres Craig Carton and Boomer Carton in appearing nationwide with locally-oriented New York radio programs.

Seems odd, what with CBS Sports having its own national morning show (featuring Tiki Barber) that was bypassed in favor of Boomer and Carton, who appear on CBS Sports Network a total of...

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Mike Francesa to announce TV home Wednesday

WFAN long-time employee Mike Francesa, just before his

Mike Francesa said early in his WFAN show Tuesday afternoon that "the deal is done" for a new simulcast home and that he will announce it Wednesday.

Newsday reported Feb. 9 that he was bound for Fox Sports 1.

Francesa was simulcast on the YES Network from 2002 until Super Bowl Sunday this year. The next day, ESPN New York's Michael Kay moved into Francesa's old time slot on YES.

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Seth Everett to work Mets games on WOR

Seth Everett will serve as host/reporter for Mets pregame and postgame shows on WOR (710 AM), the team and Clear Channel Media announced.

Everett most recently had been at Fox Sports Radio and WINS. E

Ed Coleman had filled a similar role at WFAN, for which he still will report on the Mets. But with the move to WOR, he no longer is part of the official team radio crew. ...

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Strange new world: Yankees on WFAN

New York Yankees announcer John Sterling is calling

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If you are younger than 35, you likely don't remember life before WFAN, and therefore life before that station carried Mets games.

Thursday, all that changed when the Yankees made their debut as the station's home team, with the Mets having relocated slightly up the dial at WOR.

The station did not make a big deal about the Pirates-Yankees game and the milestone that came with it, perhaps...

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Michael Kay's simulcast ratings become more realistic

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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I do not plan to do regular updates on Michael Kay's TV simulcast ratings, but I did promise several Twitter followers last week that I would update them after his first week on the YES Network, so here goes:

Kay averaged 0.61 percent of homes on his first day last Monday, which is quite impressive - and not sustainable.

After that he settled into more realistic territory closer to what...

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Michael Kay fires back at Mike Francesa

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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Fox Sports 1 has emerged as a contender to simulcast Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show, which if it occurs could make for some very interesting company picnics.

Now that Fox is set to increase its stake in the YES Network to 80 percent, the simulcasts of both Francesa’s show and Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show could both be on Fox-owned channels.

Did I mention Francesa and Kay are...

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Mike Francesa says CBSSN would prefer Attila the Hun over him

WFAN longtime radio host Mike Francesa on the

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By process of elimination, Fox Sports 1 and MSG must be the leading contenders for MIke Francesa's TV simulcast, what with Francesa saying on the air Tuesday that the cost of his show would exceed SNY's budget, then saying this about the "people" who run CBS Sports - and CBS Sports Network:

"We don’t get along. We haven’t gotten along for a long time. They would never, ever put me on the CBS...

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Will Mike Francesa, Michael Kay both end up on Fox channels?

WFAN long-time employee Mike Francesa, just before his

Michael Kay's first day on the YES Network averaged 0.61 percent of New York- area homes, a promising start for the ESPN Radio host's new TV simulcast.

(Mike Francesa's simulcast usually averaged in the 0.2-0.3 range; time will tell whether Kay can perform at or near that level over an extended period.)

The tune-in factor might have been helped by the social media storm that followed...

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