In what should of been an exciting night as a die hard sports fan last night with 3 gold medals in swimming, Michael Phelps going 6 for 6 in gold medals and world records, and Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson going 1, 2 in the women's all around, was anything but an exciting night. Instead it was a emotional, monumental night with the news that the longtime Mike and the Mad Dog program would be no more. After nearly 19 years, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo left WFAN for presumably Sirius. Mike and Chris were the pioneers of sports talk radio on the first and most successful sports talk radio station WFAN New York.
When the news hit, I was stunned, sure Neil Best of Newsday (Checkout his blog, a must read) had been reporting this story for months, but it really hit when it became offiical. I shared many hours with Mike and the Dog, whether it be stuck in traffic on the Garden State, or taking the short carride to school, Mike and Chris were in my life every day.
Boy am I going to miss hearing “AAAAAAANNNNNNNNNDDDDDD Gooooood Afternooon everybaaaady" at 1:04 everyday. Who can forget the memorable moments on the program (Another post will be made with the top Mike and the Mad Dog Moments)
Some may fiind this childish or schoolgirlish getting so emotional over a radio show. But it was more then a radio show to so many, from Ira, to Jerome from Manhattan, and all the daily listeners. Mike and the Maddog were more then radio hosts, they were friends, guys at the bar talking sports from 1-6:30 every day.
Doggy, We will miss you