WFAN/New York afternoon host Mike Francesa thinks that a certain caller code that WFAN’s morning team of Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason uses is not very amusing.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
If you’re a regular listener of “Boomer & Carton,” you may often hear them taking calls from listeners who start the call by greeting them with a distinctive way of saying “hello” from a classic “Seinfeld” episode. Here is a 20-second primer:
So earlier this week, Francesa fielded a call from a listener who hit him with that greeting:
After receiving a couple more such calls on his show, most recently today, Francesa decided it was time to drop the gauntlet on his wakeup colleagues. He replayed a portion of their show in which they replayed the Francesa caller above, as well as another one (“Hey, Mike, this situation with [Darrelle] Revis makes me want to go, helloooooo, la la la”). In the clip Francesa plays, Carton is heard telling the audience that these listeners made the calls during “the Super Bowl ticket giveaway”. Francesa, whose radio show is also simulcast on television via YES Network, immediately shot that down.
“If someone would actually waste their time and line to do that, I’d disconnect them anyway just out of abject stupidity,” Francesa said, while confirming with his producer, Brian Monzo, that “those calls were not part of the contest.”
He added that Carton was giving his listeners “misleading information to make it seem like someone would do that, to, I guess, court favor (I believe the term he’s looking for here is “curry favor”) with them.
“If you’re gonna waste your time in the contest… and you’re gonna waste your time on that, that would be pretty dumb.”
And as you can tell by now, Francesa is far from impressed with Boomer and Carton’s followers playing the “Hellooo!” game with him.
“I guess this is exciting stuff, I don’t know,” he reacted after one of the calls.
After another, Francesa replied, “People have nothing better to do” – a sentiment one of WFAN’s morning co-hosts took issue with.
“What does that mean? What’s wrong with that?”, Boomer Esiason was heard asking after replaying the call.
Francesa was also steadfast that these crank callers punched out on their own, appealing he did not “hang up on” them, like Carton says.
“They hung up right afterwards,” he contends. “I didn’t disconnect them. I don’t disconnect the callers… They just hung up.”
You know that by Francesa addressing these crank calls on his show, it’s only going to encourage Boomer and Carton’s listeners to keep pulling Seinfeldian drive-bys on him.
“I would think there’s gotta be better things they can do with their time, but, hey, that’s up to them,” Francesa said. “Everyone does their own show.
“To me, it’s just a colossal waste of time.”
Here’s video of the segment via YES Network, courtesy of Bob’s Blitz: