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WFAN announced Thursday that it has released Chris (Mad Dog) Russo from his contract.
This means the end of his 20-year partnership with Mike Francesa on the highly successful “Mike and the Mad Dog Show.”
Russo, whose contract was to run until the Fall of 2009, has been rumored to be headed to Sirius XM Radio. Sources said Russo has no signed agreement with the satellite company.
Russo will not make a final appearance on WFAN.
Renowned for his signature greeting - "AAAAAAANNNNNNDDDDD good afternoon everybody! How are you todaaaay?" - and his tirades, Russo joined WFAN in December 1988 as an overnight, weekend and fill-in host.
He caught the attention of Don Imus, who brought Russo on board the "Imus in the Morning" show as his sports reporter. By early 1989, Russo had his own regular weekend show on Saturday mornings, and when Pete Franklin's drive-time show from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. was not renewed by WFAN station management, WFAN paired up Russo with Francesa, who was a co-host on the mid-morning show.
The "Mike and the Mad Dog Show" was launched on Sept. 5, 1989.
The show mixed Francesa's hard-hitting style with Russo's outrageous, and sometimes unintelligble style, and proved to be a huge success, becoming the most influential sports talk show in the country.
Prior to joining WFAN, Russo worked for WKIS in Orlando and WMCA in New York. During his career at WKIS, when it became clear that the people of Central Florida were having trouble understanding his New York accent and peculiar elocution, the station sent him to see a speech therapist twice a week
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