Who is Mike Francesa?
Born Michael Patrick Francesa, Jr. on the 20th of March 1954, in Long Beach, New York USA, Mike is a 64-year-old Caucasian radio talk show host and TV commentator. He is perhaps best known to the world for his long-term presence on the radio as the host of the “Mike and the Mad Dog” show on WFAN in New York City, but has also had a number of other successes over the course of his sometimes lucrative career since the late 1970s.
What is he doing now?
Mike currently hosts the talk show entitled “Mike’s On: Francesa on the FAN” on the WFAN radio station. Although he previously had the same job, he retired and was succeeded by Chris Carlin, Maggie Cray and Bart Scott on December 15th 2017. On the 27th of April this year, WFAN announced that he would return to the station for a three-and-a-half-hour show.
Early Life and Education: Growing up in Long BeachMike was raised alongside his older brother John Francesa and his younger brother Marty Francesa (who unfortunately committed suicide on the 27th of November 1990), by their father Michael Francesa, Sr. and his mother of unknown name and profession. That said, his upbringing was mostly his mother’s, since his father left them when he was eight years old. As for his education, he attended Maria Regina High School – now Kellenberg Memorial High School – in Uniondale, New York, from where he matriculated in 1972, then enrolled into the University of Florida, where he remained for a year prior to transferring to St. John’s University, where he majored in communications and athletic administration, graduating in 1977.
Career: From a Researcher to a CommentatorMike was hired by CBS Sports in 1982 as a researcher, having spent six years at College and Pro Football Newsweekly, with a main focus on college sports. Although he was initially a behind-the-scenes assistant, he was later promoted into a studio analyst for college basketball and football, because of his deep knowledge on the required subject; he was soon nicknamed ‘Brent Musburger’s brain’ by The New Yorker magazine. During his time on the job, he said that the most common complaint he got was related to his New York accent. When the WFAN radio station was launched in 1987, he thought he could make a better career on radio, and applied for a hosting job. He was rejected at first, but his persistence earned him the weekend host job, on which he addressed college football and basketball. Mike was offered the position of studio expert on college football, college basketball and the NFL by ESPN in 1991, but he rejected it for unspecified reasons. He and his colleague Ed Coleman then got their own talk show at the said radio station, entitled “Mike and the Mad Dog”, and kept this show going for the next 19 years, which in 2000 earned them the Marconi Award for Major Market Personality of the Year. From 2008 to present-day, Mike also hosted “Mike’s On: Francesa on the FAN”, “The NFL Now” and “Mike’d Up: The Francesa Sports Final.”
Love Life: Married to Rose Francesa
As for Mike’s romantic involvements, it is known that he date Kate Francesa for a few years before marrying her in 1983. The marriage lasted 11 years, but it eventually fell apart and their divorce became official in 1994. At some point in the late 1990’s, he started dating Rose Francesa, who became his wife in July 2000. Together, they have fraternal twins named Emily Grace Francesa and Jack Patrick Francesa, while their third and youngest child is called Harrison James Francesa. It is known that Mike likes to refer to his wife Rose as ‘Roe.’ Together with their children, they live in Manhasset, New York; there hasn’t been any controversy surrounding their union.
Thanks to his numerous contributions to the world of sport, Mike Francesa is the proud holder of several awards. First off, he was in 2012 ranked No.1 of the top #100 most important sports and radio talk hosts in the US by Talkers Magazine. Additionally, he was ranked the No.1 sports talk radio host again in 2013, and one more time in 2014. In 2018, he received the Invention of the Year award from “Pardon My Take”, for inventing fantasy sports.
In the first week of June 2006, Mike actually skipped a few days on the radio. Upon returning, he told the audience that he needed to change his diet due to excess weight problems.
What is Mike Francesa’s Net Worth?
Have you ever wondered how rich Mike Francesa is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total of Mike’s accumulated wealth is close to $16 million, made mainly as a radio talk show host and sports pundit, the most from his long-term presence in the media as the host of “Mike and the Mad Dog.” As his career continues, the said amount can be expected to increase.
Getting ready for the show. pic.twitter.com/6NVicxTc19
— Mike Francesa (@MikeFrancesa) May 29, 2018
Concerning the physical attributes of the experienced commentator, his hair is light blond and his eyes are light blue, while his body shape is now generally described as regular.
Social Media Presence
Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active celebrities to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of the projects they’re working on, and thus their own net worth. Mike himself doesn’t seem to be too interested in keeping up with this celebrity trend, as his presence on most of the popular social media networks is all but ubiquitous. He doesn’t have Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.