Immediately after Craig Carton admitted his addiction to gambling, there were questions as to how that would impact his potential return to sports radio. Three years after departing sports radio, Carton is coming back to an industry that used to dabble in gambling, but now it fully embraces and prioritizes the practice.
In his first full show back behind the mic for WFAN since his Sept. 2017 arrest, Carton did not hide the fact that he has a gambling addiction and cannot discuss betting lines. Also during his first show back for WFAN, their parent company Entercom ironically announced another gambling partnership, this one features the acquisition of a sports betting app.
Shortly before the five o’clock hour Monday evening, a caller asked Carton and his new co-host Evan Roberts how he should handle sports betting as a topic on the show. Carton embarked on a passionate speech regarding his addiction and inability to gamble responsibly. But Carton also noted that it shouldn’t preclude listeners from discussing betting lines with his co-host, even though he will not partake.
While Carton remains energetic and brash since his one-year stay in prison, his on-air persona is certainly different without the ability to yell “lock it up!” when giving betting advice. Now the only advice on the topic that Carton will offer is the need for people to wager responsibly. Carton will not leave the studio nor will he hang up on a caller who wants to discuss a gambling line. But gambling did play a part in why Carton spent a year in prison, so the only way he will discuss betting is by mentioning its potential dangers.
Not more than 20 minutes after Carton readdressed his gambling addiction, Roberts read a promo for FanDuel, promoting the ability to bet on the Jets-Patriots Monday Night Football game set to kick off a few hours later. Roberts also discussed future bets that were available on the app before noting “you can place a bet risk free.”
To be clear, the “risk free” portion of the ad is meant to explain you can use the promotion to get a credit if you lose your first bet wagered on the platform. But while the ad touts no risk, Carton was sitting six-feet away as living proof that with gambling comes plenty of risk.
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.
Ryan Hoppe Joins Beckles and Recher on WDAE 95.3 in Tampa
Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining WDAE as the new executive producer for Beckles and Recher.
On Thursday, popular Tampa podcaster Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining the iHeartRadio team as the new executive producer for the station’s afternoon drive show, Beckles and Recher.
95.3 WDAE confirmed the news in a retweet with a welcome message.
Hoppe is also the host of popular local podcast, Hoppe Hour which was nominated for Best Local Podcast. Hoppe has been nominated for Best Radio Personality as well by The Best of the Bay magazine.
Toucher and Rich: There’s No Way Dennis Eckersley is Retiring
“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley.”
On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that this season would be his last with NESN, the Boston Red Sox and in baseball broadcasting. However, some in Boston don’t think Eckersley will truly be done once the season ends.
On Toucher and Rich, co-host Rich Shertenlieb said this can’t be the end of the broadcasting career of Dennis Eckersley.
“He’s way too young to be truly retiring, I think,” said Shertenlieb. “This can’t be it for him. There’s no way this is it. He’s too into it, he loves it too much, he’s good at it and he’s not old.”
“It’s a lot of travel, that’s the thing,” added co-host Fred Toucher.
Shertenlieb chimed back that he could have options in regards to his schedule.
“You could be somebody that’s just doing home games,” offered Shertenlieb. “You could also be someone who could be at a desk.”
Shertenlieb was adamant that Eckersley would have a chance to make it somewhere else, somewhere perhaps more national.
“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley,” said the Toucher and Rich co-host. “Maybe he’s just outgrown it and he’s just too talented to only be at a regional network.”
Chicago Bears Reportedly Leaving WBBM After 2022 Season
Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Bears will have a new radio home after the 2022 season when their deal with WBBM ends.
Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights. The source said the Audacy-owned station loses money on the Bears.
“We are focused on having a great 2022 season with WBBM and Audacy,” said Bears Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Scott Hagel said.
The report also says it’s likely the radio rights go to either Good Karma Brands-owned ESPN 1000 or iHeartMedia’s Rock 95.9 landed the rights.
Play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak and color commentator Tom Thayer are both expected to keep their positions with the Bears. Joniak is the Sport Director at WBBM.