The end of an era is coming for New York sports fans.
Mike Francesa, WFAN’s drive-time radio host since 1989, told FS1’s Katie Nolan during a taping of the "Garbage Time" podcast that when his contract with WFAN ends at the end of 2017, he will be done with the station.
Francesa, who joined the station in 1987 and was paired with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo from 1989-2008, made it clear that his career isn’t necessarily ending, just his time at the legendary New York sports talk radio station.
"I’m not saying I’m leaving the business, the 61-year-old host told Nolan. "I’m leaving Monday to Friday, five-and-a half-hours, FAN. I’m bringing the curtain down on that part of the show."
Francesa added, "I’m not saying I’m not gonna work again. I’m not saying I’m not gonna do anything ever again. What I’m saying is, that part of my life is ending at the end of 2017.
If it were up to Francesa, he would’ve been done with the station even earlier than the end of 2017.
"I’ve agreed to stay through the end of 2017," he said. "We talked about me leaving earlier. We discussed it. They didn’t really want it. They really didn’t give me a chance to get out. They never offered me a reasonable way out. So 2017 it is. At the end of 2017, there will be no more FAN, I promise.