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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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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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