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CBS Radio boss hopes Mike Francesa will re-sign

FRANCESA TO TURN DIAL? On the first business

On the first business day of 2012 Mike Francesa told Newsday he is leaning toward leaving WFAN at the end of his contract early in 2014. His deal originally was to expire at the end of 2013, but he extended it to include the leadup to the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. Francesa has not said anything publicly on the subject since then, but there does not appear to be any sign of an imminent extension. His ratings remain strong more than four years after his split with Chris (Mad Dog) Russo. (Credit: Dan Goodrich)

In this week's installment of "Whither Mike Francesa?" we check in with Dan Mason, president of CBS Radio. So, sir, are you hopeful of re-signing the big guy?

"We’re always hopeful for that," Mason said. "Mike’s a big part of the radio station, so we are hopeful of that."

Francesa has not said much about his future since telling Newsday last January he is "leaning toward leaving" WFAN when his contract expires in early 2014. But clearly the subject is on his mind.

Here is what he said on the air Jan. 4 after talking about Andy Reid declining to take a year off from coaching:

"This is what he does. It's who he is. I know that. You get used to doing something. If I wasn't coming in here every day, what do you do? Who do you talk to? Imagine after 25 years of having this forum 5 1/2 hours every day not having it. It's kind of hard to fathom.

"What do you do? Go out and hail a cab and talk to the guy in the cab? I mean, what do you do? Where do you go? It's something I've thought about, that's for sure."

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