It will take three voices to replace Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa.
Industry sources say WFAN suits will soon name Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray as their new afternoon drive team replacing Francesa when he departs the station on December 15.
Carlin, a former WFAN staffer who once produced the “Mike and the Mad Dog” show, currently yakks at WIP radio in Philadelphia. Bart Scott, the former Jet and Raven is currently under contract to ESPN 98.7 and was a previously a member of CBS’ “The NFL Today” panel. Gray, a steady and entertaining voice, is the surprise pick here. Through the months CBS/WFAN searched for a successor to the pontiff, Gray’s name never surfaced.
Gray currently works for SI Now and CBS Sports Radio where she teams with Mark (Moose) Malusis.
Mike Francesa will be replaced by Chris Carlin, Bart Scott and Maggie Gray, sources tell The News.
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Sources said near the end of the selection process, FAN honchos offered the gig to Chris Simms, a primary contender, but he turned it down. The same scenario transpired when the gig was offered to NFLN’s Kimberly Jones, ESPN’s Max Kellerman and CBSSN/Sirius XM’s Adam Schein. The selection committee explored the possibility of pursuing WABC’s Sid Rosenberg but he is still under contract to that station.
ESPN-98.7 boss Tim McCarthy, according to sources, said he would allow Scott out of the contract to move to an afternoon-drive gig.
Now that the team is set they have the heavy challenge of replacing the Sports Pope. One thing is certain, this trio will have a far different sound than His Holiness.