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Boomer Considered Moving To Afternoons On WFAN

“According to Dukes, the rest of the morning show wasn’t as keen on the idea of switching drive times as Boomer.”

Brandon Contes

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He’s entertained New York sports fans on WFAN’s morning show for over a decade, but 18 months ago, Boomer Esiason entertained the idea of replacing Mike Francesa on afternoon drive.

In the fall of 2017, program director, Mark Chernoff had two major holes to fill in WFAN’s weekday lineup.  With Mike Francesa’s retirement looming and Craig Carton’s stunning arrest, Chernoff needed an afternoon drive host and a point guard for their morning show. 

Esiason worked with Carton for 10 years and rather than attempt to find a new partner, the former NFL MVP considered filling the afternoon void with Francesa on his way out.  On a producers only podcast hosted by WFAN’s Evan Roberts, the morning show’s Al Dukes casually mentioned Boomer’s interest in hosting afternoons.

“Boomer had these thoughts of possibly going into the afternoon and wanted us all to come with him.”

Roberts followed up and asked Dukes if he thought Boomer’s interest was legitimate.

“I think he was considering it,” Dukes answered.  “It was in his head, he asked us what we all thought.”

According to Dukes, the rest of the morning show wasn’t as keen on the idea of switching drive times as Boomer.  Esiason and his radio team chose to stick with mornings on the Fan and build a show with new co-host Gregg Giannotti.  

After the long search for a new afternoon tandem, Francesa returned from his short-lived retirement, squeezing his replacement Carlin, Maggie and Bart into midday hours.  If Boomer took the afternoon gig, it’s hard to imagine FAN would’ve bailed on the show four months in to pave way for a Francesa return like they did with CMB.   

While Esiason had interest in taking over WFAN’s afternoon show, but never actually hosted the timeslot, Francesa was hosting morning drive on the station exactly 12 years ago today.  Pulling double duty, Mike and the Mad Dog had days where they hosted WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows after Don Imus was fired in April 2017.  Francesa never had interest in permanently moving to the morning show, but his partner Chris Russo did.  

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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