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WFAN Staff Celebrates Return Of Craig Carton

“Carton’s homecoming might be met with more controversy from the outside, but it seems to be more unanimously accepted with people inside the station.”

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Like the Knicks welcoming back Phil Jackson or Chris Mullin’s comeback with St. John’s, WFAN and its staff rolled out the red carpet for an icon of their own with Craig Carton’s return Thursday. Hopefully, Carton’s return is deemed a better success by New York sports fans. 

It’s the second time in recent years WFAN brought back an iconic radio host from hiatus. Carton’s homecoming might be met with more controversy from the outside, but it seems to be more unanimously accepted with people inside the station. 

Paired with Joe Beningo’s decision to retire from doing full-time shows at 67-years old, Carton’s return to WFAN comes without disrupting the rest of the weekday lineup. Evan Roberts stays in afternoon drive, while the morning and midday shows remain unchanged, allowing for everyone to enjoy Carton’s arrival. And on Thursday, the station was openly celebrating the fanfare and buzz as Carton got back behind the mic.  

Esiason offered to “buy Craig a pony” because during his hour show on Thursday, Carton explained having a breakthrough during equine therapy, where he was sent to a farm and talked to horses. It helped him realize his gambling addiction was a way of coping with the sexual abuse he suffered at summer camp as a child.

“They have these horses, and horses are apparently very smart,” Carton said. “I’m trying to come to terms with why I’m using gambling as a crutch, and I’m going to tell that to a horse? But I bleep you not, I’m having a one-on-one with this horse, and they wanted me to talk to the horse like he’s the person who did this to me; I had this crazy breakthrough, tears streaming down my face as I’m yelling at this horse. It was an amazing moment in my life where I realized I needed help.”

Using horses for therapeutic purposes came full circle for Boomer and Carton. Carton used to tease Boomer for having a pony as a child, which Esiason’s father bought for him shortly after his mother passed away. 

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Sports Radio 610’s John Lopez Releases OG Sauce At Texas Star Grill Shops

“John Lopez has been making his OG Sauce for friends and family for years. Now, listeners and other meat enthusiasts can own a bottle themselves for $6.99.”

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If you’re in Texas, you can put a little Houston sports radio in your belly. Sports Radio 610’s John Lopez announced on Twitter that his name will be on a line of grilling sauces available through the Texas Star Grill Shops.

The announcement was met with real enthusiasm. John Lopez spent the day retweeting photos and answering questions relating to how to buy and use the sauce.

A rival even gave into the excitement. ESPN 97.5 & 92.5’s Jake Asman tweeted that he had purchased a bottle of OG Sauce.

Sports Radio 610 boss Armen Williams has been doing his part to support the effort too. He tweeted that he had purchased plenty for himself. He also updated his followers on the stock at various Texas Star Grill Shop locations.

John Lopez has been making his OG Sauce for friends and family for years. Now, listeners and other meat enthusiasts can own a bottle themselves for $6.99.

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JR ‘SportBrief’ Jackson Gets New Deal From CBS Sports Radio

“Recently, Jackson completed a 25 city tour in conjunction with the Special Olympics and Experian.”

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JR Jackson and Audacy have reached an agreement on a new, multi-year contract. He will continue to host JR SportBrief weeknights on CBS Sports Radio. He will also host a Saturday afternoon show on WFAN in New York.

Jackson joined the network in March of 2020. He came from Audacy’s Atlanta stations V-103 and 92.9 The Game. He also built an online following thanks to his YouTube sports commentaries.

He is thankful for his regular listeners and wants them to know that they played a role in the CBS Sports Radio show’s growth.

“This is really the people’s show,” JR Jackson told BSM in a text message. “I’m unabashed in sharing my thoughts and opinions, but want to know what the listeners coast to coast think as well. The JRSportBrief Show is really by a fan, for the fans.”

Recently, Jackson completed a 25 city tour in conjunction with the Special Olympics and Experian. He spoke on college campuses about the changing landscape of the sports media. He says a second leg of the tour is coming “Covid permitting”.

The new deal with Audacy is just part of what the future holds for JR Jackson.

“Look for a major announcement regarding JRSportBrief Productions,” he teased.

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Adam Schein: ‘Writers That Didn’t Vote For Bonds Make Me Sick’

“Don’t you dare, you fraudulent, hack gatekeepers, don’t you dare tell me my era of baseball didn’t exist.”

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If you caught Wednesday’s edition of Schein on Sports, you heard Adam Schein go off on the writers with a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame that chose not to give their vote to Barry Bonds.

He described that group as “hey-look-at-me gatekeepers” and declared that they are “everything that is wrong with our industry.”

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2022 class will only include David Ortíz. The Red Sox slugger was the only eligible player to receive more than the required 75% of votes for induction. Bonds received 66%. He and Roger Clemens are among those that did not get in after ten seasons of eligbility. That means their names will come off the writers’ ballots in the future. If they are inducted, it will be by their peers on the Today’s Game Committee.

Bonds and Clemens have both been tied to performance enhancing drugs in the past. That is the moral objection some writers have to voting them into the Hall of Fame. Adam Schein reminded his listeners that Ortíz was tied to the same thing.

“Let me let you in on a little secret because I’ve been teasing this for five years after Big Papí retired. The fact that David Ortíz got in on the first ballot with a steroid taint and Clemens and Bonds didn’t get in is disgusting,” he said. “It’s disturbing. It’s wrong.”

Schein was adamant that Ortíz is worthy of induction, but given that he has the same issues Bonds does, the reason Ortíz got in and Bonds didn’t is clearly because Ortíz “knows how to work a room.”

In closing, Schein said this felt very personal to him. At 44 years old, Bonds and Clemens were part of the majority of his favorite years in baseball.

“Don’t you dare, you fraudulent, hack gatekeepers, don’t you dare tell me my era of baseball didn’t exist.”

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