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About the Author

Tim Sullivan is a sports and hockey editor for the Associated Press and a regular contributor to the Fox Television family of networks. He is the author of Battle on the Hudson and is a former columnist for the New York Post. He lives in Fair Haven, New Jersey. Steve Somers, a.k.a., “The Schmoozer”, is truly a “FAN original”, having been an on-air fixture on WFAN since the station debuted on July 1, 1987. He lives in Manhattan.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; 2nd Edition edition (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600788289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600788284
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vincent F on December 21, 2013
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Although I enjoyed learning about the journey each personality took to land at FAN, I wanted more than a bunch of radio personalities beaming about each other in print. Boomer and Carton never elaborate on who didn't believe in them, and mike and dog's rocky start is eliminated. It is frequently mentioned in the book that it's a dog eat dog business, but you would never know it by reading this book in which the personalities are only complimentary of each other. I also thought it was odd that there were so few opinions of others offered by Francesa. This could have been so much more
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Weber on May 4, 2014
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Tim Sullivan does a good job with the establishment of WFAN, the dream of broadcast executive Jeff Smulyan...and how much of it came from the failed Enterprise Sports Network and its head man John Chanin. I think he has nailed it with this book, but I would love to read more about the late Chanin and read more about Enterprise and some more from the people Chanin assembled for WFAN. Still, this is a great read with a good behind-the-scenes look at how Mike and the Mad Dog came to dominate, then split; the genius of Steve Somers "schmoozing S-P-O-R-T-S," the importance of Don Imus in the Morning and so much more. Thank you Tim Sullivan, may we have another?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre Dursin on March 30, 2014
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Bland is the first word that came to mind when reading this history of WFAN. The book is heavy on interviews that are seldom critical and mosty self congratulatory. Theres really little insight into the various shows and way too much time on Sid Rosenberg...I almost felt the author was more interested in him than the overal topic. Overall its too lightweight for its own good and a big disappoinment given the subject matter.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BG on October 17, 2013
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I was glad to see that someone finally captured the "groundbreaking history" of WFAN in print, and even happier that this book lived up to my expectations. This is not some tell-all or exposé spilling behind the scenes dirt. It's more of a celebration of the history and talent behind WFAN. All of the key milestones, changes and controversies are discussed, but in more of a straight-forward, factual approach, rather than a he-said, she-said fashion.

One of the great aspects of this book is that almost every key personality from the past 26 years is interviewed and quoted, so you are truly getting the insider's perspective on how the station started through how it runs today.

The emphasis leans more towards profiling the on-air talent, and how management found the right mix of hosts to build the station's identity. But, other aspects of the station are covered as well including callers, team relationships and FAN's influence on how the sports media landscape changed over the years.

The only real criticism I would offer is that the history prior to getting the FAN on-air was kind of minimized, covered in only about 8 pages up-front. There had to be more to the story and more of an uphill battle to pull off such a novel idea and create an entirely new medium for sports coverage. Would have made for interesting reading. But overall, this was well-researched, compelling and written with a very clear, simple style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Feiner on January 14, 2014
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I remember some one once calling me a "media freak" because I follow everything that's happening in the movies, tv and radio. Well, to me radio may be the most important because I spend a great amount of time paying attention to that genre. As a youngster, I was able to name every radio program on the AM dial that was on the air every morning from 6:00 to 10:00 and to this day I can discuss many television programs because I have always read TV Guide cover to cover, as for movies, I never leave the theatre until I read all the credits. With that as my background I was the reader of "Imus, Mike and the Mad Dog, & Doris From Rego Park." Most of the book was quite special to me, as someone who can earnestly listeni to WWHN's country music format for years before it morphed into WFAN. (I even recall listening when rock station WMGM became WWHN) I must admit I enjoyed this book a great deal. Imus is everything author Tim Sullivan says about him, a true radio icon in every sense of the word. As for Mike and the Mad Dog, they were thoroughly entertaining in their heyday with those clashing personalities. In addition to this, as one who over the years listened to WFAN for great lengths of time, I became quite interested in not only the hosts, but the update announcers, and the callers, the most interesting of all, of course, was "Doris From Rego Park." Even though as a listener of WFAN, I am quite familiar with how personalities such as Joe Benigno, Evan Roberts, and Steve Sommers got their starts, it was great to read about it again.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dch822 on December 25, 2013
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I had the chance to meet author Tim Sullivan at a terrific book event hosted by Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in NYC recently. I've since read the book and found it to be quite entertaining. Some other reviewers noted that the book doesn't delve into any real dirt regarding the FAN's history, and while those reviews are correct and I agree with them, I'd suggest to readers who would like some of that to listen to the podcasts from Tim Sullivan's events promoting the book.

The event I attended gave audience members a full hour to ask the very questions mentioned in some of these reviews and the author did a great job telling stories not in the book. When asked why those stories are not in the book his answer was simply there was too much information -- he could have written 4-5 books with the material given him, but ultimately he chose the route he did, and personally I think it's a success anyway.

Someone asked the author why WFAN became so important to NY area listeners and he gave a great answer, saying, "Even though the bar was going to close the FAN wasn't." And really, that's who this book is for -- the fans who when the game is over are eagerly waiting for the post game shows so you can discuss and dissect and debate to your heart's content.
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