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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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Fox producer: Richard Sherman interview was getting 'dangerous'

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman holds up the George

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Come tomorrow the countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII will be into the single digits of days, but in the meantime there is much typing and talking to do.

Today I killed two cordless phone batteries and risked some vintage, 1990s-style RSI in my hands with three interviews plus two Fox conference calls totaling about 100 minutes.

All good, though. Who has it better than those of us who get...

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Erin Andrews hopes to avoid 'frozen snot' Feb. 2

Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a

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Terry Bradshaw famously eviscerated the idea of a New York-area Super Bowl on WFAN last month, lamenting that “because they overpaid for that stupid stadium in New Jersey’’ the NFL awarded the Jets and Giants the big game.

“It’s friggin’ outside in New York!’’ Bradshaw said. “Are you kidding me? Not even New York – New Jersey!’’

But Bradshaw certainly does not speak for all of his colleagues...

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Richard Sherman, Erin Andrews kick off Super Bowl XLVIII hype

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman holds up the George

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The hype for Super Bowl XLVIII unofficially began moments after the Seahawks' victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, when what merely had been an entertaining football game turned into a classic bit of sports TV theater.

Naturally, I am referring to Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's angry diatribe aimed at 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, with Fox interviewer Erin Andrews...

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Tim McCarver to work about 30 Cardinals games

Baseball announcer Tim McCarver poses in the press

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Tim McCarver repeatedly insisted last year he was not “retiring,” even as he ended his term as Fox’s lead baseball analyst. Turns out he was serious.

He confirmed Thursday to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he will do about 30 Cardinals games on Fox Sports Midwest, returning to the franchise for which he made his major league debut in 1959.

“It’s fabulous, a complete merry-go-round; it’s...

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Fox will prepare you for Super Bowl 48

Erin Andrews attends the 2013 Fox Sports Media

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Fox this week unveiled its plans for the Super Bowl Sunday pregame show, on the off chance there is anything left to say about the big game by that point.

The show will run from 2 to 6 p.m., from Fox’s sets in Times Square and MetLife Stadium, armed with New York-themed feature subjects including Vince Lombardi, Pat Summerall and past NFL title games in the metropolitan area.

Fox Sports...

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Giants, Jets are second-rate on TV

Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants looks over

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New York usually trails smaller, less cosmopolitan markets when it comes to sports ratings, especially for football, and 2013 was no exception.

Average local ratings for both the Giants and Jets dropped for a second consecutive season as the Super Bowl co-hosts finished 30th and 31st in that category among the 32 NFL teams, according to Sports Business Daily.

Giants games averaged 15.3...

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49ers-Packers game draws massive audience

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) talks

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Sunday night's 49ers-Packers game at frigid Lambeau Field averaged 47.1 million viewers, which Fox said was the largest audience for a wild-card playoff round at least since 1988, the farthest back its records could document.

In Milwaukee, 58 percent of homes watched the game, including 80 percent of those with a television in use. In San Francisco, the figures were 40 and 74.

From 7:30...

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