Mad Dog Exits WFAN
August 14, 2008 at 6:58 PM (PT)
CHRIS "MAD DOG" RUSSO, one-half of the long-running MIKE AND THE MAD DOG team on CBS Sports WFAN-A/NEW YORK, has exited the station. MIKE FRANCESA will go solo under a new multi-year deal with the station. RUSSO's exit was first reported by NEWSDAY's NEIL BEST late THURSDAY afternoon.
In a statement issued late THURSDAY, Operations Dir. MARK CHERNOFF said, "MIKE and CHRIS pioneered the genre more than 18 years ago and have shaped the sports talk format into what it is today. As we embark on this next step in WFAN's history, we wish CHRIS nothing but the best and look forward to all that MIKE will do in a role in which he has excelled at for years.''
RUSSO and FRANCESA's contentious relationship on and off the air has produced widespread speculation in NEW YORK media circles for years, but talk of a split intensified earlier this SUMMER with comments by both hosts admitting to a rough patch between them.