Chris Russo Hopes SiriusXM Extension Ends Francesa Speculation
SiruisXM Radio's Chris Russo believes that his latest contract extension with the provider "might finally stop speculation" about him rejoining former co-host Mike Francesa at WFAN, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. Russo last month "signed a new four-year contract" with Sirius, which will "take him to 15 years overall" with the station. Russo said, "I was always going to stay. They made it easy. They wanted me, I wanted them. I've said a thousand times it's a great place to work ... To me it was a no-brainer." Russo said of Francesa, "For a while there with that '30-for-30,' I thought there was a chance of some sort of reconciliation. But I kind of felt that Mike wanted to stay at FAN, finish his career there, and once he decided to do that it became obvious that it was a situation where if Sirius still wanted me I would re-sign" (NEWSDAY, 5/15).
MIKE'S ON HIS GAME: NEWSDAY's Best noted Francesa "finished first overall in the radio ratings in April" in N.Y. among men ages 25-54. Francesa averaged 7.5% of the listening audience in that demographic from 3:00-6:30pm ET. ESPN Radio 98.7 N.Y.'s Michael Kay "ranked second overall" with an average of 6.1% of the audience (NEWSDAY, 5/14). In Newark, James Kratch noted Francesa is now "one-third of the way to undisputed victory in the current ratings period" over Kay, and Francesa "may be about to catch a second wind" (NJ.com, 5/13).