Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Here is a column I wrote for the Tuesday paper regarding the ongoing problems with Mike Francesa's two-month old Fox simulcast.
Francesa admitted to a "high level of frustration," reflecting similar sentiments from his fans, who have watched the show bounce around from Fox Sports 1 to Fox Sports 2 to nowhere thanks to assorted preemptions.
Several readers of mine have correctly pointed...Read more »
Michael Kay weighed in on his ESPN New York Radio show Thursday afternoon on the matter of Daniel Murphy's two-game paternity leave, and about what other talk show hosts have said about it, especially on WFAN.
He called out Boomer Esiason by name.
There was much yelling involved.
Here ya go:
"I’d have to be an unbelievably narcissistic baboon to make my choice on somebody...Read more »
Michael Kay's YES Network simulcast of his ESPN New York Radio show, which began two months ago Thursday, has averaged 19,000 viewers, YES said, citing Nielsen data for the New York area.
That is higher than the 14,000 viewers Mike Francesa's WFAN simulcast averaged during the same time frame in 2013, with Francesa's show coming at significantly more cost to YES.
Kay's viewership presumably...Read more »
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...Read more »
Chris Russo recently cut back his show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio from five to three hours. But fear not, Mad Dog fans: You will get one of those hours back during baseball season with “High Heat with Christopher Russo,’’ in which a news release promised he will “bring his passionate opinions and energetic delivery’’ to MLB Network.
In addition to his own unique verbal stylings, Mr. Russo...Read more »
The Mets and Clear Channel Media, their new radio partner, announced Thursday that Howie Rose and Josh Lewin will move with the team from WFAN to WOR for the 2014 season.
The news was expected, but earlier in the offseason Clear Channel had considered former players to replace Lewin before settling on having him back.
Rose will begin his 19th season calling Mets games and Lewin his third....Read more »
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...Read more »
Michael Kay opened his first simulcast on the YES Network Monday with a not-so-veiled shot at WFAN's Mike Francesa, who occupied that time slot for 12 years.
Shortly after going on the air at 3 p.m., Kay dumped a plastic bottle of Diet Coke - Francesa's longtime beverage of choice - into a garbage can held by his partner, Don LaGreca.
The gag was executed wordlessly, but the reference...Read more »
Chris Russo's new deal with Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which kicked in early last autumn, does not pay as much as the old one did, but it does come with saner work hours.
Russo used to work from 2 to 7 p.m., a long shift by any talk radio standards but even more so because of Sirius' limited commercial breaks.
Now he works 3 to 6 p.m., although he will expand those hours to 3 to 7 during...Read more »
The YES Network made official Thursday what long had been expected: That Michael Kay's ESPN New York radio program will be simulcast on YES starting Feb. 3.
That will be the day after WFAN's Mike Francesa concludes his run at the station with his Super Bowl Sunday morning show.
Francesa and his former partner, Chris Russo, had their show simulcast on YES since the network's inception...Read more »