Mike Francesa

On Mike Francesa’s penultimate day at WFAN, the station gave him an impressive parting gift: It named his studio after him. That means that when Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray, and Bart Scott take over next week, they’ll do so in the Mike Francesa Studio.

Ironically, Francesa’s show Thursday was not actually broadcast from his studio; it was held at the Paley Center for Media. According to Newsday, Francesa’s final show on Friday will feature no guests, only Mike and his callers, which meant the penultimate edition was absolutely packed with high-profile appearances, some of which Francesa and his producers apparently weren’t expecting.

Newsday’s Neil Best chronicled the stream of big-name callers and visitors, which included Eli Manning, Kurt Warner, Jim Nantz, Joe Girardi, Bernie Williams, Darryl Strawberry, Chris Christie, Chris Russo, Don Imus, Keith Hernandez, Bob Costas, and so many others.

Over 30 years on the radio, you get to know a lot of people, apparently.

Now Francesa will air one final show before the post-Mike era at WFAN begins. Though “The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Bart and Maggie” is slated to officially debut on Jan. 2, Carlin will host in the weekday afternoon slot next week, with Gray and Scott joining in for some of the time. The goal seems to be easing in the new hosts without any sort of frenzy around their first show, which could help mitigate the inevitable comparisons to Francesa.

We’ve found plenty to needle Francesa about over the years, but now that the end of his show is upon us… we’re gonna miss him.

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