Now well into his third decade in afternoon drive, Mike Francesa has firmly established himself as the most celebrated and successful sports talk show host in the history of radio.
Mike captured the Marconi Award as “Major Market Personality” in 2000 and again in 2012. He joined a very select list of multiple Marconi Award winners and was the first sportscaster to ever earn radio’s biggest honor more than once.
His honors and awards would fill many pages.
A few of the highlights:
-Both Talkers Magazine and Radio Ink have recognized Mike as the No. 1 sports talk host in the country over the past two years.
-A recent poll cited Mike as the 8th most powerful sports personality in New York, on a list that included commissioners, owners, coaches, plays and media alike. Mike was the only media figure in the top 25. In the fans’ version of the poll, Mike finished second only to Derek Jeter.
-This past summer, Mike was inducted into the NY State Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
For 19 years, Mike teamed with Christoper Russo on the iconic “Mike and the Mad Dog” show, widely recognized as the most celebrated sports radio program ever.
Since 2008, his afternoon drive program, heard weekdays on WFAN from 1–6:30 p.m., has grown to even greater heights.
He also hosts the highly regarded “Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday,” now in its 28th season.
In 2013, it was announced that Francesa had agreed to a long-term contract extension with WFAN, which has been his radio home since 1987.
“Mike has earned his place in radio history as a great broadcaster and we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with sports radio’s most celebrated host,” stated CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason.
The St. John’s University graduate resides in Long Island with his wife Roe, and their three children Jack, Emily and Harrison.