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Francesa Blasts WFAN Management Over EP’s Absence

“Francesa began his first show back from Memorial Day Weekend by lambasting his radio station for being cheap and questioning their paternity leave policy.”

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Every day, WFAN associate producer, Chris McMonigle runs the board for their early afternoon show, Carlin, Maggie and Bart from 1 – 3pm before doing the same for Mike Francesa from 3 – 7pm, and every day it’s a non-issue.  

Tuesday morning, McMonigle and his wife welcomed their second child into the world, causing the FAN producer to understandably miss work.  Without McMonigle, Francesa was put in the “utterly ridiculous” position of needing to share a part-time board-op with the show before him. Francesa began his first show back from Memorial Day Weekend by lambasting his radio station for being cheap and questioning their paternity leave policy.

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“Maybe they can schedule the right guys to come in and do the show at the right time, maybe the program director can do that,” Francesa said after having to start his show late because the board-op was running from one studio to the other.  “It’s the biggest show in the country, you can’t pay someone to do the board by himself? Separately?  How ridiculous is this?”

Francesa congratulated McMonigle and his wife on-air, although he still calls his engineer ‘McGonicle,’ even after working together for more than a half decade.  Still, Francesa wondered how long he’ll have to tolerate working with a substitute board-operator.  

“These new rules, you get a lot of time off, I don’t know when you’ll see [McMonigle] again, I have no idea,” said Francesa, who has in the past complained about paternity leave.  In 2014, Francesa and WFAN morning show host, Boomer Esiason were independently critical of Mets second baseman at the time, Daniel Murphy for missing two games because of the birth of his son.  Both hosts stood by their opinions and drew the ire of social media that largely defended Murphy.

“The female deserves all the time she wants,” Francesa made sure to note on Tuesday.  “She should get six months, I’m all for that, but the male gets a lot of time off too.”  

Francesa will soon have the opportunity to revisit the discussion, but for maternity leave as opposed to paternity leave.  The show that he shares Chris McMonigle with, CMB will be without Maggie Gray for a period of time as she and her husband are expecting their first child later this summer.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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