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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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John Smoltz joins Fox's MLB roster

JOHN SMOLTZ, RHP 213-155, 3.33 ERA, 3,084 K,

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Fox announced that John Smoltz and Matt Vasgersian will team up on Fox Sports 1 baseball telecasts, presumably as in effect the No. 2 team behind Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci....

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Report: Verducci, Reynolds to join Buck in No. 1 Fox booth

Adam Jones, baseball outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles,

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Fox has taken its time naming a replacement for Tim McCarver alongside Joe Buck in its No. 1 baseball booth, but with Opening Day approaching the network is poised to tab Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, The Big Lead.com reported.

The move does not come as a surprise, especially in the case of Reynolds, a two-time All-Star as a player with an extensive TV resume that includes stints at ESPN...

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Erin Andrews will stay with Fox Sports despite new DWTS gig

Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a

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Erin Andrews will join ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" as a co-host, the show announced Monday.

I will leave the basics of this matter to our non-sports media/entertainment crew, but for the purposes of our little corner of the world the important thing is that Ms. Andrews will continue in her multi-faceted role with Fox Sports.

Andrews - a former contestant on DWTS - is following the...

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Jerry Seinfeld's favorite thing on TV? MLB Network!

Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Jason

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Jerry Seinfeld recently told FoxSports.com's "The Buzz with Jimmy Traina'' that while there are 21st century shows he enjoys, such as "Mad Men" and two starring former "Seinfeld" colleagues in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Veep," his taste in TV-watching tends more toward unscripted comedy as a fan of the Mets in particular and baseball in general.

"I like the MLB Network; that's my favorite...

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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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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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Fox plans Super Bowl pregame plethora

Photo of an ice sculpture of the Vince

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The NFL thinks of everything, including scheduling Fox to carry a Super Bowl with a head coach named Fox.

Anyway, below find a news release, presented verbatim for your reading pleasure, of what Fox plans for its four-hour pregame show Sunday.

(You might notice that Fox always calls itself FOX. Why? I don't know.)

FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY is the super-sized Super Bowl edition of FOX...

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Joe Buck visited 'Hermitville' in 2011

Joe Buck presents an award during the 2013

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It was shortly after his last Super Bowl for Fox in 2011 that a virus struck a nerve in Joe Buck's left vocal cord, leaving his voice weak and raspy for months afterward.

Sunday he will be back doing play-by-play for the biggest game of them all, fully recovered, perhaps sounding better than ever.

"Actually my voice has come back stronger, in a weird way, because I had to work around...

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