Craig Carton is closing in on a new deal with WFAN that would see him return to drive time on America’s first all sports radio station. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that WFAN would like to start a new afternoon show with Carton by as early as next month.
Marchand’s column describes Evan Roberts as “the leading candidate to be Carton’s partner.” He also notes that Roberts is the only current member of the WFAN staff being considered for the role.
If Carton does join the afternoon drive show, it would result in the retirement of Roberts’s current partner, Joe Benigno as a full-time host. It is something Benigno has opined about for years and likely is actually something he wants.
There are two other names that were kicked around as potential partners for Craig Carton. The first was former Jets lineman Willie Colon. Colon is not only well-versed in the NFL, he is also a huge baseball fan, which is a plus in New York. Unfortunately for WFAN, Colon is in the middle of a contract with Barstool.
Chris Christie was also an idea that was reportedly floated. The former New Jersey governor is a fan of sports radio and a good friend of Carton’s. Ultimately, Marchand reports, WFAN brass decided bringing in a former Republican governor, who has strong ties to President Trump would be viewed as too politically divisive.
It’s been three years since WFAN listeners have heard Craig Carton on the station. He resigned in 2017 after being arrested for fraud. While he was released early in his prison sentence, he is still on the hook to repay his creditors $5 million. It is no wonder he and WFAN are trying to move quickly to get a deal done and a new show off the ground.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”