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Thursday, December 14, 2017

More than 80 guests were present or called in to WFAN's Mike Francesa on second to last show of his 30 year career. Fri., Dec. 15 is last day

Added: "Francesa voted for Donald Trump for president." 12/15/17, "Mike Francesa, Julio and their final drive to WFAN," Newsday, Neil Best

12/14/17, "LISTEN: Celebs Bid Mike Francesa Farewell On Second-To-Last Show," WFAN,

"Thursday marked Mike Francesa’s penultimate show.

The day before the sports talk pioneer signs off from WFAN, ending his 30-year run, Francesa broadcast his show from the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan. Many celebrity guests called in or stopped by to bid him farewell, including Jim Nantz, Dan Patrick, Lawrence Taylor, Eli Manning, Bobby Valentine, Willie Randolph, Regis Philbin and, of course, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

MORE: Q and A With Mike Francesa Part 1: ‘I’ll Miss All Of It’
MORE: Q and A With Mike Francesa Part 2: Memorable Interviews, Mad Dog Years, More

Here are clips from the show."...

20 podcasts include over 80 guests who were present or called in. Among those in the 14th podcast are Bernie Williams and Suzyn Waldman. I couldn't figure out how to embed the podcasts on this blog, this is what one of them looks like.



7/4/2017, "These New Yorkers Actually Like Trump," NY Times op-ed, David Marcus ("a senior contributor to The Federalist") 

"In the spring of 2016, the surprising presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump seemed to be all anybody could talk about. On New York radio stations, much of that talk was decidedly negative. But suddenly, one voice, from an unexpected source, began an eager and aggressive defense of the eventual Republican nominee. WFAN's Mike Francesa, known as “the pope” of New York sports talk radio, began spending hours on air explaining not only why Mr. Trump was not a racist and sexist, but also why he could win.

Mr. Francesa’s pugnacious and prescient political arguments with outraged callers, as well as the thank yous from those in agreement, became such a dominant feature of his 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. show that his producers asked him to get back to sports. But there was no boycott, nor any significant decrease in his ratings. Rather, it seemed there was an audience for a pro-Trump message, which at the time was available from very few outlets in the New York metropolitan area, even those on the right....

New York City has never been as liberal as the popular imagination has it. There is a reason no Democrat won the mayoralty from 1993 to 2013. But New York’s conservatism is not that of Rush Limbaugh — it is Francesian. It’s guys who drive trucks and install air-conditioners saying, “Why can’t I have my say?” On WFAN they do have their say, often in eloquent and impassioned tones.

So if you want to understand conservatives in New York, WFAN isn’t a bad place to start. The Iras from Staten Island and the Joes from Bay Ridge are not the typical callers you hear on public radio. And while most of the time they will be discussing the disappointing Mets or overachieving Yankees, political and cultural issues creep in more often than you might expect."...



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