WFAN Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Mike Francesa – Hour 6
NEW YORK (WFAN) – In the final hour of the 25th anniversary show, Mike Francesa featured current WFAN employees, along with some other very special guests
Boomer and Carton called in first and reflected on their experience at the New York Stock Exchange.
“The Stock Exchange was great because me and Boomer were there!” Carton exclaimed.
But then, the conversation turned a bit feisty.
Francesa gave Boomer and Carton tons of compliments on their show and their job well done, but Carton quickly turned the dialogue into trash talk about an impending golf outing that will pit Francesa and Boomer against Carton and Chris Russo.
“It’s on like Donkey Kong!” Carton boasted. “Pick the course and pick the day!”
Boomer was more appreciative of the compliments however, saying that the next time he sees Francesa he’s going to give him “a big old fat hug.”
Francesa concluded the conversation with the morning hosts by saying that there is absolutely no chance in the world that Russo and Carton will win. Mike said that he’ll enjoy raising money for charity and, as a plus, he’ll enjoy taking money out of Carton’s pocket.
Following Boomer and Carton was legendary Yankees manager Joe Torre, who led the Yankees to four World Series titles during his tenure. Torre told Francesa that he was honored and privileged to manage all those great Yankees teams for so long, and Francesa suggested that the 1998 Yankees was without question the best team in New York over the last 25 years.
Sticking with baseball — but heading from the Bronx to Queens — Mets COO Jeff Wilpon joined the program. Wilpon offered his opinion on the 2012 Mets, saying that they are a feisty club that has done a phenomenal job. He also remarked on what an amazing story R.A. Dickey has been this season, and that he can only hope that Mets manager Terry Collins can follow in the footsteps of Torre.
As the show winded down, Francesa brought in some of the most well-known and most beloved hosts in WFAN’s history — Steve Somers, Joe Benigno, Evan Roberts and Jody McDonald. Because all four of the hosts had experience doing the overnight shift, they all took turns telling Francesa their favorite aspect of the overnight shift.
Benigno said that he used to like it because there was no management around, but Somers said that he was nervous that with him running the show, he would be the reason that the station would lose its license. McDonald said that it was the callers that felt like family members, and Roberts said that he loved the freedom to say things that he couldn’t during the day.
Francesa then spoke with current WFAN update anchors — Rich Ackerman, Bob Heussler (Mr. Met) and Jerry Recco.
Francesa then had a little chat with Mets radio broadcasters Howie Rose and Ed Coleman, both of whom were in Log Angeles covering the Mets’ game against the Dodgers. Francesa reminisced with Coleman, who he said was his first true partner on the air.
And lastly, the final two guests were WFAN Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti and on-air personality Kim Jones.
In all, Francesa spoke with over 50 guests in six hours, spanning an incredible range of New York sports fixtures over the last quarter-century. It was certainly a fitting tribute to the longevity and success of the first and most successful 24-hour all-sports radio station of all time.