WFAN’s Mike Francesa is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it any more.
Newsday’s Neil Best reports the big guy announced Thursday on his WFAN show that his parent company, Entercom, is cracking down on the unauthorized use of video and audio from his program.
As a result, a campaign has begun to unfollow Francesa on Twitter.
The breaking point for Francesa came following a clip from his show on RADIO.com on Monday, in which he eviscerated President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in hard-hit New York City, where more than 50,000 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed. You can check out video of Francesa’s two-minute rant here.
Funhouse, AKA @BackAftaThis, posted that clip, and has been posting clips of Francesa’s shows for years. Some could argue that Funhouse’s posts are part of the reason Francesa is so popular. But Numbah One said Thursday enough is enough. And video of him doing that, appropriately enough, was posted by Funhouse, which you can see here.
“The other day, I did an open that was 2.4 million times in different places and used illegally in a bunch of places, too. So we’ve been planning this for a long time. This copyrighted broadcast is presented by the authority of Entercom, RADIO.com and WFAN and may not, remember may not, be reproduced or retransmitted without the expressed written consent of Entercom Communications Corporation and RADIO.com. And that means anybody.
“You want to go get video of me or see part of the show, go to RADIO.com. Every one of my programs are there. Audio and video. No one else can reproduce the audio or video of this program again without written permission from Entercom. And that goes for anybody. Or you’ll be hearing from the lawyers. Because the. other day, 2.4 million replays of something we did not authorize anybody to play, OK? So it’s not happening again. So again, without the written permission of Entercom Communications Corporation or RADIO.com, you do not have the right to replay anything, audio or video, from this program.”
As a result, Funhouse started a Twitter campaign Thursday to unfollow Francesa.
And with that, #UnfollowFrancesa started to pick up momentum.
Francesa, for his part, is shrugging off the unfollow campaign, according to Newsday.
“This unknown, obsessive freak then whines in anger that I’m headed for obscurity. He needs a life and a new obsession. Or better, write a big check to Entercom.”
In an ironic twist, the crackdown started on the same day news broke that Entercom is asking Francesa and other top talent at WFAN to take a pay cut as part of layoffs and furloughs triggered by the economic slowdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday morning, Francesa tried to strike a more conciliatory tone on Twitter.
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