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05/17/2006 1:11 PM ET
Mike and the Mad Dog to call Mets play by play on Thursday, May 25th live on WFAN
New York sports leaders join Mets to raise money for Queens-based charity in conjunction with broadcast of Mets vs. Phillies
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NEW YORK - WFAN's afternoon hosts Mike and the Mad Dog, Mike Francesa and Chris Russo, respectively, for the first time in station history, will call the live play by play and provide color analysis when the New York Mets face the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, May 25 at 1:10 PM at Shea Stadium. The announcement was made live on the Mike and the Mad Dog show as Mike and the Mad Dog were joined on air by Mets Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Dave Howard, Mets Executive Vice President, Business Operations.

Following the game, the tables will be turned on Mike and Chris as Wilpon, Howard and an assortment of celebrities and WFAN listeners will have their chance to call in to analyze and critique Mike and the Mad Dog's play-by-play commentary.

Additionally, the Mets and Mike and Chris will donate a total of $30,000 to benefit a local Queens-based charity or charities. To raise additional funds, WFAN and the Mets will auction off a premium VIP package for the May 25th game that includes a trip to the broadcast booth to meet Mike and Chris.

WFAN Operations Manager Mark Chernoff said, "For years Mike and Chris have dished it out as arguably the harshest critics in the sports business. Never before have they set themselves up for such criticism and there's no guarantee they'll excel on the other side of the microphone. But in the name of charity we will deliver some great radio."

"The Mets are thrilled to expand our longtime partnership with WFAN for this special broadcast," said Wilpon. "We think it will be fun for fans tuning in, as well as Mike and Chris, but more important, the broadcast provides an opportunity for the Mets and WFAN to team up for charity in our home borough of Queens."

Sports Radio 66 WFAN, the flagship station for the Imus in the Morning program as well as the New York Mets, the New York Giants, the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils, is owned and operated by CBS Radio.

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