Researcher: The average radio listener listens for eighteen minutes. The average Howard Stern fan listens for – are you ready for this? – an hour and twenty minutes.
Pig Vomit: How can that be?
Researcher: Answer most commonly given? “I want to see what he’ll say next.”
Pig Vomit: Okay, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern?
Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day.
Pig Vomit: But if they hate him, why do they listen?
Researcher: Most common answer? “I want to see what he’ll say next.”
– Private Parts (1997)
There is something to be said about an individual when their personality and actions are so polarizing that their supporters and detractors can agree on only one thing: they can’t look away. Although the example I used above references the self-proclaimed “King of All Media” Howard Stern, it can also be applied to Mike “The Sports Pope” Francesa – a man who (in his own mind) has never once been wrong in his entire life. Now, be forewarned, I have my own personal biases against Francesa since he routinely takes cheap shots at my beloved New York Jets and generally treats callers with a douchey, arrogance that is so irritating it could piss off Mother Teresa. With that being said, nobody can deny that the guy knows his shit and has over 25 years in the industry to prove it. Just like those who can’t stand Stern have a hard time changing the dial on their satellite radio, I can’t bring myself to click the little “X” atop my WFAN.com window when I’m listening to “Mike’d Up” from the office. The appeal was just as strong when he was still partnered up with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo for the Fan’s flagship “Mike and the Mad Dog” program.
I understand that while at college very few of you actually listen to the radio, but believe me, when you enter the grind of office work you will turn to the sweet release of the AM/FM airwaves from time to time just to get through those last painstaking hours of the weekday. Nothing makes me happier than to provide you with a glimpse of what you will find by tuning into WFAN (660 AM in the Tri-State area) between the hours of 1 and 6:30 pm (ET). Take a look below at some of the unforgettable moments provided exclusively by radio legend Mike Francesa and please hold your applause until the conclusion of the show.
Bug Outs: In these selections, Mike erupts and throws a hissy fit.
Co-Hosts: Some of Franny’s interactions with co-hosts young and old. What a terrific father, eh?
Miscellaneous Show Filler: See what happens when you have 5½ hours of air time to fill on a slow sports day.
Prank Calls: Some real gems here as callers take Mike for a ride.