The Mets and WCBS are closing in on having a new voice on their radio team, The Post has learned.
Wayne Randazzo is the clear front-runner to join Howie Rose in the Mets’ newly constructed booth, according to sources. Randazzo and the Mets’ new radio partner, WCBS, are just starting negotiations on a contract.
If there are no issues, then Randazzo, 34, would replace Josh Lewin as Rose’s partner in the booth as the Mets move their games from WOR to WCBS.
Before a decision was made if Lewin would return, he accepted a job with the radio home of the San Diego Padres. Lewin will do pre- and postgame on Padres broadcasts and some play-by-play. It is similar to what Randazzo’s role was with the Mets on WOR.
If Randazzo’s WCBS deal is completed, he may still do the postgame show.
The fate of Ed Coleman, WFAN’s longtime Mets reporter, is still undetermined. With WCBS and WFAN both owned by Entercom, Coleman could play a role in game broadcasts as pre- and/or postgame host, though Coleman has considered retiring.
A name that has been mentioned as a possibility to have a role as a reporter or a host is Brad Heller, who is WCBS’ morning sports anchor.
Quick Clicks: ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “Michael Kay Show” will try to give itself an extra jolt in trying to unseat Mike Francesa in the sports radio ratings by doing its show from 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday instead of its normal 2:55 to 7.
Kay and Francesa tied last month in the ratings, while Francesa won the first month. Ratings books are graded in three-month periods.
Most days, Francesa’s show usually does better than Kay in the first hour in part because WFAN’s “Carlin, Maggie and Bart” significantly outrates ESPN’s “Stephen A. Smith’s Show,” giving Francesa a head start. Smith is off Wednesday, allowing Kay’s show the one shot to begin at a more even starting gate in the all-important 3-to-6:30 p.m. competition. … Brandon Tierney has re-signed with CBS Sports. He will continue doing his afternoon national show with Tiki Barber on CBS Sports’ Radio Network and CBS Sports Network, as well as “The Other Pregame Show,” which is on CBSSN on Sunday mornings.
John Giannone, the longtime MSG Rangers’ host and reporter, was in a major car accident near Hilton Head this week. It was scary, as the pictures show, but fortunately, no one was hurt.
Giannone, 55, was a passenger in the back of an Uber that was going 60 mph when a car turned in front of his driver’s, he said.
“I’ve never been in a car accident before,” Giannone said. “It was really weird. I heard her [the Uber driver] scream just before the accident. Once I heard her scream, it was then kind of an eerie, creepy silence.”
The two passengers, the Uber driver and Giannone all avoided serious injuries. Giannone was only in Hilton Head because of a quirk in the Rangers’ schedule that has them off for five days, allowing him to visit a home he has in the area.
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