Friday, August 15, 2008

On Breakups

In the wake if the Mike and the Mad Dog breakup, I was reminded of this excellent profile of the duo from a 2004 issue of the New Yorker. (Thanks, Esme.) My favorite part:

A few years ago, circumstances (Knicks-Pacers, conference finals in Indianapolis, Francesa’s hotel room not ready) placed the two of them for an hour or so in a hotel room together—a rare occurrence. (When they are on the road, they often stay in separate hotels. “I always stay in the best hotel,” Francesa told me.) Chris Carlin, their producer at the time, who now has a show of his own on WFAN, walked in to find them watching “The Horse Whisperer.” Carlin started to speak, but they shushed him; on the TV screen Robert Redford was breaking up with Kristin Scott Thomas. When the scene was over, Russo said, solemnly, “Mikey, he had to do it, he had to do it.”

“It was the right move, Dog,” Francesa replied. “The right move.”

10 comments:

Al said...

I think I read where Sirius is offering Russo $15 million for 5 years, or something...

Russo couldn't resist...in Russo's mind, quitting the 'FAN now was the right move...he HAD to do it.

Mike said...

Today was a hard day. WFAN.com has posted the first twenty minutes of today's show, during which Francesa gave his thoughts and then had Dog call in. If you want to really tear up, check out the "Tony Russo" clip. Tony is Mad Dog's dad and he really loved Mike.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I did some crying watching YES when Mad Dog called in and then when Tony Russo called. I met Mike once when they were doing a remote, and he was very sincere and nice. The last time I saw them was at Mohegan Sun a few months ago. Russo was great with the fans, patiently signing autographs and posing for pictures. I'm constantly amazed at how easy it is to get attached to radio personalities.

Great quote from that article, CG.

I'm off to Mohegan now to see the Rob show tonight. I'll let you know how it was.

Esme

Anonymous said...

On the Rob Bartlett show: Karith--kinda funny; Tony Powell--very funny; Rob--hysterically-made-me-cry funny. They got a standing ovation. Not having RFD television, I was curious about Karith and Tony. She's chunkier than I thought and seems very, very nice, despite her high, squeaky voice which has always bothered me when I hear her on the radio. Tony is tall and handsome and doesn't smile very often. Rob was terrific. He opened with a wonderful take on Luciano Pavarotti singing hit songs from the 70s and 80s. He was on for an hour, and the audience loved him. If you get a chance to see the show, do it. Oh, Karith's boyfriend, whose name escapes me now, is surprising--he's a big guy with a shaved head and bushy goatee--reminds me of a professional wrestler. Sitting around me were nice people--all big fans of the Imus show. The samll cabaret theater was full, many of the audience had seen Rob's show before. Thanks for the prodding, CG--we had a fun evening.

Esme

Mike said...

Very cool, Esmee. I regret not making what now seems like an insignificant 2.5 hour drive up to Mohegan.

OK, after hearing Rob and Lou do some spot on M&MD impersonations the other morning, I have an idea for the next series in Imus in the Morning Radio Theater on the Air:

We now tune in to the #1 sports radio talk show in New York: Mitch and the Angry Puppy.

CG said...

Esme, that's a great report - it sounds like it was a lot of fun and I'm glad you had a wonderful time. I'm also humbled that I played a tiny role in getting you there. Thanks. :-)

CG said...

Mike, thanks for the clip. I listened to Tony R. and that DID bring the tears. So did his son's breaking down over the phone. But it was a great segment.

Those two are very parody-able (if that's actually a word...I'm going to pretend that it is). It would make a great skit...actually, it already has. :-)

channelXRFR said...
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channelXRFR said...

Years back I was on a flight out to Denver along with Mike and Chris. They were covering a Mets - Rockies game. I sat next to Mike Francesca, Chris was across the aisle from Mike. Most of the trip Russo plowed through sports section after sports section engaging Mike on each item. Found it fascinating listening as these two guys prepared for the afternoon broadcast.

Mike was very cordial. Among sports subjects we talked about Howard Cosell, who had just passed away. For whatever reason Cosell did not like Mike and had publicly blasted him. Mike's take was Howard changed as he got older and he preferred to remember the younger Cosell.

It was a great four hour flight!

laree said...

Imus Bumpers up on you tube and i tunes Check Channelxrfr's labor of love out here.

http://imustimes.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/imus-country-bumpers/