Mike Francesa’s official return to WFAN sounds imminent.
We may have a date for Zaun Day.
The official WFAN company line remains the station is only in talks with Mike Francesa about a potential return to its afternoon drive-time spot after four months away. But all indications are it’s a done deal, and one that may come to pass very soon.
WFAN morning show host Boomer Esiason said Wednesday he thinks Francesa could be back on the station next Tuesday, May 1, and a report by Newsday’s Neil Best confirmed the possibility, citing a source. Additionally, Best reports Francesa is expected to sign a contract that runs through 2020.
When Francesa gets back in the power chair, he is expected to be on the air 3-6:30 p.m., with his now-former replacements, Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, being reduced to a two-hour timeslot from 1-3 p.m.
WFAN’s midday show with Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts will condense back to a 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. timeslot, as it has been in the past. Benigno and Roberts had been running 10-2 since Francesa’s departure in December, with Carlin (who is Rutgers football’s radio play-by-play man), Gray and Scott hosting from 2-6:30 in Francesa’s place.
Esiason and Gregg Giannotti will continue to host their morning show from 6-10 a.m.
The New York Post reported Tuesday night WFAN station director Mark Chernoff, as well as talent at the station, want no part of a Francesa return. But once Francesa said he was willing to take what The Post said is an unspecified but “significant” pay reduction, top executives at WFAN’s parent station made the call above Chernoff’s head.