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Carton, Friends Ask Judge For Leniency In Sentencing

“In a letter to the court of his own, WFAN program director, Mark Chernoff stated he would “welcome the opportunity to discuss” the possibility of Carton returning to WFAN should he receive probation instead of jail time.”

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Former WFAN radio star, Craig Carton and friends submitted a request for leniency as his sentencing nears.  According to Newsday’s John Riley, Carton hopes his “severe gambling addiction” will be taken into account in an attempt to convince WFAN listener, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon that he deserves lesser jail time. 

 “I was actually building a real business and really buying and selling concert tickets, over four thousand tickets to be exact, but at the same time I was becoming enslaved by my desire and addiction to gamble,” Carton wrote in a letter submitted on Friday, March 22nd

Carton’s defense lawyers, Robert Gottlieb and Derrelle Janey pointed to mental disease beyond a gambling addiction which stems from childhood rape and other traumas.  Carton and his lawyers even provided an omitted chapter of the radio host’s biography Loud-mouth, which described being a victim of childhood sexual assault.

While Carton faces a maximum sentence of 45 years, advisory federal guidelines recommend 70 to 87 months of jail time for the former New York morning radio host.  In the memo sent to U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon, Carton’s lawyers suggested a sentence between 21-27 months.

The memo submitted in Manhattan federal court also included letters from several friends vouching for the former New York radio host.  Among those who wrote letters in support of Carton were his former WFAN co-host Boomer Esisason, actor and radio host Joe Piscopo, Yankees COO Lonn Trost, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, retired NFL quarterback and now media member Chris Simms, WFAN program director Mark Chernoff and ex-New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

“Craig is one of the most generous friends I have ever met,” Christie wrote.  “He has made himself available privately to friends in any kind of trouble or need and also to public, charitable causes of all kinds.” 

“In my dealings with Craig I have always found him to be honest and forthright,” the former federal prosecutor added during his three page letter. “I urge the Court to show compassion to Craig when deciding on sentencing. I do not believe that Craig is a danger to society.”

Christie also told the judge, “I do not believe any significant period of incarceration in this matter would be in the best interests of justice.”

In a letter to the court of his own, WFAN program director, Mark Chernoff stated he would “welcome the opportunity to discuss” the possibility of Carton returning to WFAN should he receive probation instead of jail time.  

On September 6th 2017, Carton was arrested on charges of conspiracy, wire and securities fraud.  The former WFAN radio host was found guilty on November 7th of last year and after pushing the date back twice, he’s scheduled to receive his sentencing next Friday, April 5th.

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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Paul Bissonnette: ‘Wayne Gretzky’s Kids Helped Me Land TNT Gig’

“Paul Bissonnette said that Ty and Trevor reached out to their dad shortly after they heard that he was going to part of TNT’s NHL plans.”

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If you’re going to party, party with the right people. That is a lesson that has served Paul Bissonnette well. He told Pat McAfee that it lead directly to a relationship with Wayne Gretzky and to a job on TNT’s NHL studio show.

Before he broke through as the host of Barstool’s Spittin’ Chiclets podcasts, Bissonnette played six seasons in the NHL. Most of that time was spent with the Arizona Coyotes. He got to the team a year after Wayne Gretzky was the coach.

Even after he was fired, Gretzky kept his home in the Phoenix area. His sons Ty and Trevor lived there with another friend while they attended Arizona State University. Bissonnette described the home as a mansion and said he attended a lot of parties there.

“Let’s put it this way, I was batting 1.000 at this place,” he told McAfee. “The girls were like everywhere.”

Partying with the Gretzky sons opened the door to gaining Wayne’s trust. Paul Bissonnette said that Ty and Trevor reached out to their dad shortly after they heard that he was going to part of TNT’s NHL plans.

“That was an easier transition to meeting him because they actually vouched for me and told him, when he got the TNT gig, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta get Biz on. He does Spittin’ Chiclets. I think it would help the broadcast.’ Wayne ended up putting in a good word and then it all worked out.”

Co-host AJ Hawk asked Bissonnette what it was like to now be friends with someone that was an icon to him in his youth. Bissonnette described Wayne Gretzky as a “guy’s guy” and said he values time spent in The Great One’s dressing room drinking beer and telling stories.

“Buddy, it’s a dream come true, and that alone is incentive enough for me to fly out here once a week or twice a week and do this gig.”

The interview was a lot of fun and ended with Paul Bissonnette acknowledging that there are two unsung heroes of his personal and professional lives.

“I really gotta thank his kids Ty and Trevor for the introduction and for helping me get laid.”

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Scott Zolak: Tom Brady Should Retire And Go To Fox Right Now

“When I hear Tom Brady say how he has more to prove, what exactly, what is it?!”

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Whenever Tom Brady decides to actually quit playing in the NFL for good, we now know what his next chapter will be.

News broke Tuesday that Brady has signed a contract to become the new lead analyst for FOX’s top NFL broadcast booth. The deal, according to reports, is for 10 years, $375 million.

Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand came back from commercial break on Tuesday after having just talked about Brady’s move when they heard the official financial figures involved in the deal.

Zolak said there’s no question Brady should quit sooner rather than later.

“When I hear Tom Brady say how he has more to prove, what exactly, what is it?!” he said. “Like those numbers? Come on!”

Bertrand took the conversation in a different direction saying that this mega-contract is setting Brady up to eventually be a sports team owner.

“Ownership of something will be in play,” he said. “With his connections, as he’s starting to spread out…There’s something else coming on top of this after this. This is step one of the process. This guy’s got a plan.”

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Bob Heussler Reflects On WFAN Career

“I will be in the rotation a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to completely disappear.”

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Another longtime voice at WFAN is stepping away from the microphone. This time, it is Bob Heussler cutting down his work schedule. He won’t be gone completely from the station though.

Heussler, who has been at the station since 1993 and is affectionately known to listeners as “Mr. Met,” will no longer be a full-time voice on WFAN’s airwaves. His last day as a full-timer will be May 12th.

“This is my last week as a full-timer,” he said on Tiki & Tierney. “I will be in the rotation a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to completely disappear. I’ll pick up a part-time shift here or there. But for all intents and purposes, Brandon, this is it as far as an everyday presence is concerned.”

Heussler reflected on being an original listener of WFAN when it went live in 1987. He said he’s always been an avid radio listener and been passionate about the industry. Getting to work at WFAN was at the top of his career achievements list.

“Arriving at The Fan was a huge moment for me,” he said. “I told some people recently that I am one of those people who was listening on July 1, 1987 when The Fan went on the air.”

Heussler also talked about the evolution of the role update anchors play. With how fast news travels nowadays, the role has changed.

“Back then, and certainly at the beginning in 1987, the updates were the key to the works early on,” he said.

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