On Thursday WFAN-AM NY’s “Mike and the Mad Dog” became just Mike, when Chris Russo left the station, ending a 19-year duo with Mike Francesa that had made them perhaps one the most popular sports-talk radio shows in history. Russo told the NY Times his decision to leave had nothing to do with on and off friction with Franceca. “The idea that we hate each other and I had to get out, trust me, that’s not true,” Russo told the paper. “I’m 48 years old. It’s time for a change, and I’m looking for a new challenge.” No other jobs await Russo at this time.
The show is now called “Francesa on the FAN.”
Francesa will surround himself with other personalities, but his plans are evolving, said the story.
“I don’t think anyone wants to hear one voice for five and a half hours,” he said.
Russo said: “I’m not sure I’ll take another partner on, but before Mike, I was solo. I can do a talk show. Solo, partner, anything I’m on, I’ll do a good talk show.”