Mike Francesa, aka the “Sports Pope”, is departing WFAN 660-AM at year’s end, and – hold onto your hats Democrats – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be taking his place.
According to a report in The Bergen Record, Christie is a contender for the New York gig, one of the top sports radio jobs in the country.
“I would certainly at least want to consider him,” Mark Chernoff, WFAN’s program director and VP of its parent company, CBS Radio New York, told The Record. “If he’s interested and we’re interested, it’s worth pursuing.”
All of this isn’t too much of a surprise. As a regular guest co-host on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show, Christie has frequently been mentioned as a potential replacement for Francesa.
Christie’s appearances have played well with WFAN’s audience, regardless of their political leanings, Chernoff said. The loquacious politician is obviously capable of keeping a conversation going for four hours, and he’s also never shied away from controversy – two essential traits for success in sports talk radio.
Just last week, his story about President Trump making him order meatloaf at a recent White House lunch made headlines all over the interwebs, and he also pissed of Philadelphians by characterizing Phillies fans as “angry, awful people” and proclaiming the team’s ballpark “not safe for civilized people.”
Here’s a clip of Christie sitting in for Boomer Esiason last month. The divisive comments about Philly come at about the five-minute mark.
A new career in radio also seems to line up with Christie’s plans post-governorship.
Per The Record, Christie has said that when he leaves office next January, he wants to “return to the private sector in a job where he can have fun, spend more time with his family and make money.”
A job in radio: Check, check and check.
A job in Trump’s White House? Nope, nope and nope.
“He’s got the goods,” Michael Harrison, editor and publisher of Talkers Magazine, said of Christie. “I have the highest regard for Mike Francesa as a talent and as a friend, and I think that Chris Christie would be a very, very appropriate heir apparent for that show.”