Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton have big egos and big desks. For now, comparing desks is in good fun, but it might not be long before Boomer and Carton’s egos clash.
Next Monday is opening day for Carton, as he embarks on his comeback tour with WFAN. Now in afternoon drive, Carton and co-host Evan Roberts are beginning their tenure in good graces with the station’s morning show, but for how long?
The two biggest egos on WFAN are in morning and afternoon drive, Carton and his former co-host Boomer. Both hosts might be rooting for each other, but those egos will undoubtedly find ways of competing.
Monday morning, Esiason said he was envious of Carton’s big desk when he saw it arrive at WFAN last week. The comment was made in jest, but Esiason also ended up getting a bigger desk of his own, bragging about its ability to move up and down.
During Carton’s first hour on WFAN last Thursday, he expressed gratitude for Esiason and reaffirmed the desire to have a good working relationship with his former morning show. But Carton’s always relied on having enemies to fuel his sports radio genius. We’re being naïve if we believe there won’t be a point that Carton goes after Boomer, Gregg Giannotti, and everyone in mornings on WFAN.
All it takes is one show’s desire to drum up some extra interest through controversy, one impression, or one joke to be deemed as crossing the line. Giannotti and former WFAN host Chris Carlin were friends and fans of each other’s, but less than a year after they joined the lineup, Carlin was ready to bop Gio on the nose for a parity song.
Carton has a foe in ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show, where he’s already clashed with Peter Rosenberg, who doubles in morning drive for HOT97. Beating the well-oiled machine that is TMKS will be a challenge, and Rosenberg might be enough of an enemy to fuel Carton as he kicks off his new WFAN show next week.
But Carton also noted he would’ve been interested in returning to morning drive on WFAN if the offer was on the table. Instead, building a new show in afternoons not only will Carton be driven to have the highest rated PM show, but he’s also going to want to out-rate what he previously helped build in mornings. Losing to WFAN’s morning show will be an admission that the show is better off without him, something Carton won’t accept.
When he was captaining WFAN’s morning show, Carton regularly clashed with station icon and afternoon host Mike Francesa. That uneasiness between WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows continued even after Carton left. But since Francesa departed, WFAN has lacked ego with its afternoon show. The ego returns Monday, Nov. 9. For now, Boomer and Carton can compare their desks, but it won’t be long before they’re comparing radio success.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air
In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.
The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.
“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”
In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.
McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book
Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.
Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.
According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.
Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.
Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.
Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.
Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.
Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft
“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”
If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to.
For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms.
“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.”
The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles.
The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort.