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Chris Oliviero Would Consider Craig Carton, WFAN Reunion

“Oliviero is Carton’s former producer at WNEW and former boss at WFAN.”

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It wasn’t a resounding endorsement, but WFAN’s new boss (and old boss) Chris Oliviero didn’t shut the door on bringing Craig Carton back whenever he’s released from prison. 

“Who knows? There are so many variables,” Oliviero told Neil Best of Newsday regarding a potential reunion with the station’s former morning star. “That said, if a time in the future came where Craig had gotten his life back on track, fulfilled all that was asked of him and was in a position to resume his career, of course we’d talk and discuss.”

After two years away from the company, Oliviero began his current role as Entercom New York’s market manager at the start of this month. The questions about rehiring Carton are timely, as Wednesday June 17 will mark exactly one year since his prison sentence began.

Oliviero is Carton’s former producer at WNEW and former boss at WFAN. He was alongside WFAN program director Mark Chernoff when Carton did a test run with Boomer Esiason before they took over morning drive in 2007. He was also at the hearing with Chernoff and other former colleagues of Carton when the Shock Jock received his prison sentence in April 2019. 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that WFAN would have interest in rehiring Carton. Prior to his April 2019 hearing, Chernoff wrote to the judge in charge of the sentencing that he would “welcome the opportunity to discuss” a potential return for Carton. 

Facing up to 45 years in prison, Carton was sentenced to 42 months, 12 of which are already complete. Before entering prison, Carton spoke about wanting to be productive and hoped for an early release. At a maximum, he has two and a half years remaining on his sentence. 

In the last year, WFAN’s lineup has endured a significant overhaul led by Mike Francesa stepping down from his longtime afternoon post six months ago. The industry has similarly experienced significant changes as it navigates the impacts of a global pandemic. It’s impossible to tell where WFAN will be when Carton is released, but having his former producer and boss as one of the decision makers certainly won’t hurt their chances of a reunion.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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