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Mike Francesa to re-up with CBS Radio/WFAN

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Mike Francesa has agreed to terms on a lucrative, long-term extension of his deal with CBS Radio/WFAN, which was set to expire this year.

Two people with knowledge of the deal told me this, but WFAN operations manager Mark Chernoff declined to comment on the matter and Francesa did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Even with the new morning show of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton showing early ratings strength, Francesa is the most powerful and important personality on the station's roster in the post-Don Imus era.

I am told Francesa represented himself in the negotiations.

Last spring, Francesa and partner Chris Russo were harshly critical of CBS Radio management after Imus was fired.

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