This story is kind of quirky, but it’s a good one.
If you’re a Twitter user, you’re probably familiar with the account “Funhouse” (@BackAftaThis), which follows WFAN’s Mike Francesa and other radio personalities and shares video clips and audio clips from their shows. The account has close to 100,000 followers and is active on a daily basis.
Mike is now fed up with the account, and went on the radio the other day to draw a line in the sand. No more using his material without express written consent from Entercom or his lawyers or whatever. The annoyance stems from this Monday clip, which is a rant against President Trump that now has 2.74 million views:
That resulted in Mike coming out Thursday and complaining that the clip was shared illegally. He went on to read a statement on the air, which, ironically, was also shared online and widely circulated by Funhouse:
Mike Francesa announces that he will no longer allow Funhouse to post clips from his fabulous 90-minute daily show going forward.
Alternate title: Mike Francesa announces that exactly ZERO people will hear anything he has to say going forward. pic.twitter.com/GJKKjYEx7U
— Funhouse (@BackAftaThis) April 3, 2020
The thing that makes me laugh is that Mike Francesa gets more national reach via the Funhouse Twitter account than his actual radio show. That’s why it’s a bit paradoxical, the idea of trying to shut it down.
You probably don’t listen to WFAN as a Philly sports fan, so if the Funhouse account gets whacked, or they threaten legal action, you’re probably not hearing much from Francesa’s show. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing for him, since Mike is not picking and choosing what clips Funhouse posts, but fewer people overall would be hearing what he has to say if Entercom lays down the law and takes control of their property, which is certainly their legal prerogative.
Some people believe that all publicity is good publicity, but in this case, Francesa is not subscribing to the philosophy.