New York sports radio legend quits WFAN

Gotham sports-talk biggie Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is segueing from a 20-year run at CBS-owned WFAN to a five-year pact with Sirius XM.

Reformatted channels on Sirius and XM will be called Mad Dog Radio. Beginning Sept. 15, Russo will host a five-hour weekday show and help shape overall programming.

Deal marks the first talent announcement from the satellite radio company since the merger of Sirius and XM cleared the final government hurdle earlier this summer.

On Friday Russo bid a tearful goodbye to his longtime afternoon home, radio show “Mike and the Mad Dog.” The show essentially popularized sports talk as a national radio format, and Russo’s pinched-throat exclamations defined the Gotham sports scene for a generation.

By virtue of broadcasting from Gotham on the same station (until recently) as Don Imus, Russo has a lot of fans in the media. He has appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and authored two sports books.

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