But in a move that has shocked sports media pundits and taken the sports radio industry by storm, Francesa is reportedly returning to WFAN and will reclaim his seat hosting afternoon drive time on the station.
On Tuesday, WFAN would only confirm that it is currently having “ongoing discussions” with Francesa about returning, with Newsday’s Neil Best reporting it could happen as early as next week.
So it only makes business sense to welcome something like that into the fold,” Carlin said to open Afternoon Drive on Tuesday.
It’s worth pointing out that in the latest ratings book, Carlin, Scott and Gray lost in the ratings to ESPN’s Michael Kay, something that never happen during Francesa’s tenure (which led to a bit of gloating from ESPN’s PR team ).
Carlin was hired by WIP back in November 2016 to replace outspoken host Josh Innes, who was fired after sharing a photo of a performer in blackface in response to a controversy over a fake caller at 97.5 The Fanatic.
Carlin was paired with Reese, and though the duo was able to increase WIP’s ratings during the year they hosted together, they were never able to overtake The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli (Reese and new co-host Jon Marks did defeat Missanelli in the latest quarterly book, thanks in no small part to the Eagles’ Super Bowl win).
Russo said it was a bad look for Francesa to crawl back to WFAN looking for just “60 cents on the dollar.”
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