So big, in fact, that even ESPN, the Worldwide Leader In Sports, couldn't ignore the interview, much as they probably would have liked to following the Olbermann-WFAN on air spat in the past couple of weeks. The station is a fixture on the sports media landscape. Yes, I recognize that it is a local station, but it is local in the biggest market in the country, and it dominates it. This interview is on the front pages of newspapers, websites, local and national blogs all over the country. Francesa regularly lands the bigger names and better interviews than the unlistenable Michael Kay program. Like Boomer and Carton in the morning or not, their local presence and impact really can't be denied, either.
Then, WFAN lands the Yankees broadcast rights. The biggest team, in the biggest town, on the biggest stage. The Mets had been broadcast on a premier station. After the game, even after Mets Extra, the sports continued, with many commutes home being chaperoned by Steve Somers (with me here, and him there). The days of setting your dial to the Fan in April and leaving it are over.
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The move to WOR is a downgrade, Mr. Wilpon. Please don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.