Francesa Five: Memorable Mike's On Shows During the Pandemic

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Mike Francesa’s final regularly-scheduled show on WFAN is just hours away, and it will officially end a legacy that began as soon as the FAN did, and kicked into gear in earnest when he joined Chris Russo to host “Mike and the Mad Dog” on Sept. 5, 1989.

Since 2008, though, Mike has been alone on “Mike’s On: Francesa on the FAN,” ending his first run in 2017 and then deciding to bring the second chapter of solo shows to a close on July 24, 2020, leaving a hole in the sports-talk radio world that will be filled, but never replaced

Mike noted, in announcing that he is stepping away, that the pandemic has made him realize he wants to spend more time with his family – yet he has been a rock during this pandemic, running on WFAN for a full hour after changing around the times of his simulcast.

To help celebrate and send Mike off, we’ve decided to spotlight five memorable shows he has produced over the last five months, since sports went away and Mike’s On shifted its focus.

April 3: So long, Mr. MinksFrom the days of Mike and the Mad Dog to the first run of Mike’s On to the RADIO.COM return, update maven and WFAN original John Minko was as integral a part of the Francesa crew as anyone. April 3 was his final day on WFAN, though, and Mike waxed poetic about the impact of “Mistah Minks” on his show.

April 29: Corona and SaratogaMike’s love for the ponies is widely-known, and days before what should’ve been Kentucky Derby Day, he dotes on how the coronavirus pandemic might affect the summer season at Saratoga – a venue he won’t get to broadcast from one final time.

June 2: Remembering George FloydCivil unrest gripped the nation in the midst of the pandemic, and around NYC after the death of George Floyd. Mike never shied away from social or political issues on his shows, and this is a perfect example.

July 1: The Mink Man ReturnsOf course, July 1 is the FAN’s birthday, and during the celebration of our 33rd anniversary of changing the radio landscape, John Minko returned to give what will now be knows as his final update on the air with Mike Francesa – and then joined Mike for a chat that marks their final time together.

July 23: Goodbye For NowHow else can we close this list, but with a shortened show that saw Mike discuss the return of Yankees baseball for 15 minutes, and then his own departure for the final segment?

Be sure to check out more on-demand audio from Mike and the Mad Dog, as well as Mike’s On: Francesa on the FAN, as we celebrate the end of Francesa’s run on WFAN.

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