Chris "Mad Dog" Russo has left WFAN
BY NEIL BEST firstname.lastname@example.org
7:17 PM EDT, August 14, 2008
Two weeks shy of its 19th anniversary, the "Mike and the Mad Dog'' show is no more.WFAN announced early Thursday evening that Chris Russo is leaving the company, making Mike Francesa the sole host of the popular afternoon drive time show."Mike and Chris pioneered the genre more than 18 years ago and have shaped the sports talk format into what it is today," WFAN operations director Mark Chernoff said in a statement."As we embark on this next step in WFAN's history, we wish Chris nothing but the best and look forward to all that Mike will do in a role in which he has excelled at for years.''
Chernoff said he did not know where Russo was headed, but he is expected to land at Sirius Satellite Radio.The announcement of Russo's departure coincided with the announcement of a new contract for Francesa, whose deal was believed to be expiring around the end of the year.For now, he will be the sole host of the show, including Friday. But over time new elements might be added.Newsday first reported June 22 that the partners likely would part this summer.
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