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Carton & Roberts Force Caller To Squash 48 Year Beef With John Sterling

“This was a truly fun moment for the relatively new show and showed off what Craig Carton and Evan Roberts can be at their best.”

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Eddie in Bayside knows how to hold a grudge. The listener called into WFAN’s Carton & Roberts on Wednesday to detail his hatred of Yankees radio voice John Sterling. The ire goes all the way back to 1972.

At that time, Sterling had a talk show on WMCA. Eddie says that Sterling said that he would give box seats to a game between the Yankees and Cleveland Indians to the next caller that could name five players whose names were part of the human body.

Eddie says he got through and listed four names: Bill Hand, Barry Foote, Rollie Fingers, and Elroy Face. Sterling told him that he just needed one more to win. That is when Eddie claims he said “Pete LeCock.”

Evan Roberts erupted with laughter telling Carton “I did not see that coming, Craig!”

Eddie says that Sterling hit the dump button and then launched into a five minute long rant. He claims that Sterling was upset that people didn’t take his trivia questions seriously. On air, Eddie says that Sterling’s producer said that Eddie should have won the tickets but he never heard back from the station.

On Thursday, Carton called Sterling to set the record straight.

Not only was the play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees on the line, the show got Eddie back as well. Sterling quickly got into the spirit of the bit.

“Eddie, it’s wonderful to talk to you again,” Sterling said when Eddie introduced himself. “I’ve been wondering for the last 50 years what’s been happening with you. I’m glad to hear you’re good.”

Eddie explained the circumstances of his call to WMCA in 1972. Sterling laughed, but said that he wasn’t sure that Eddie was telling the truth.

“I do sports. I don’t do nonsense,” Sterling said when he was told that he had hosted a trivia contest on air.

Still, Eddie pressed on. Carton made him go through the players he named one by one. Each time he said a name, Sterling gave a fact about the player. This time, when Eddie got to Pete LeCock, there was a pause on the other end of the line.

“Well, certainly I know the player,” Sterling said. “A left-hand hitting first baseman.”

Sterling maintains that he never hosted a trivia contest on air and that he never hung up on Eddie, still though he said that he hoped Eddie got to attend a Yankee game in 1972. Carton promised that WFAN would make sure Eddie got attend one this season as soon as the Yankees announce their attendance policy. It was an outcome Sterling called “marvelous”.

This was a truly fun moment for the relatively new show and showed off what Craig Carton and Evan Roberts can be at their best. The bit involved a New York sports icon, a listener from Bayshore, Carton leading the circus, and Roberts reacting spontaneously to the action that unfolded in front of him.

Even Sterling’s sign off, “I hope, Craig and Evan, that I’ve done a great job for you and I hope I have raised your ratings even higher than they are,” was a perfect capper.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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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 $1.5 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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