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Mike and The Mad Dog: D-I-V-O-R-C-E




As you probably know by now, there has been a major shakeup at WFAN. Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo has left the station, bringing to an end almost 20 years of "Mike and The Mad Dog"

I was an avid listener of their show the first few years it was on the air. I remember when Ray Handley made the announcement on their show that Jeff Hostetler would be the starting QB for 1991, and I was listening when Mike returned to the air early from a vacation and caused one of the first rifts between the two of them. I even called into the show a few times, naturally being talked over for most of the call, and being dismissed quickly. Listeners who didn’t start their call by saying "You’re absolutely right Mike" were usually doomed. Honestly, I don’t know how Russo did it for all those years, kissing up to Francesa for 4 or 5 hours a day. He’s a better man than I am.

Mike and the Mad Dog always wanted you to know they were the smartest guys in the room, and even when they weren’t, they were. Hockey calls were quickly dismissed, if they were even taken, because Mike and the Mad Dog aren’t hockey fans, thus making hockey unimportant. I was at the Rangers parade in 1994, and when Mike and Chris went by in the "WFAN Car" they were loudly booed by the crowd, because they had barely paid attention to the Rangers terrific run, and now here they were in the middle of the parade, pretending to be the Ambassadors of Hockey.

As for the future, Mike will now do the WFAN show solo, and rumor is Chris will be heading to SiriusXM. I think it will be interesting to see what happens, because I think privately these guys have both wanted to go solo for a long time, and I think this may be a case of being careful what you wish for.