BOOMER ESIASON AND CRAIG CARTON TO HOST MORNING DRIVE ON WFAN-AM IN NEW YORK
WFAN announced today that former NFL quarterback and veteran CBS SPORTS broadcaster Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, host of the nation’s most listened to afternoon FM talk radio program, have been named as hosts of BOOMER AND CARTON IN THE MORNING
, to be broadcast weekday mornings (6:00-10:00AM) on Sports Radio 66 WFAN and online at http://www.wfan.com
. The pair’s debut broadcast will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4
“My post-football career has offered me many opportunities I never dreamed of, and this one being among the most extraordinary,” said Esiason. “As a native New Yorker, a sports fan and an avid radio listener myself, I am thrilled about joining the WFAN family and its storied history. To be able to speak to the people of New York about an array of topics on a daily basis is very inspiring and something I am truly looking forward to."
“Returning to my sports roots is something I’m very much looking forward to and it’s an honor and a privilege to be joining WFAN working alongside someone of Boomer’s stature,” said Carton. “There’s no denying the straightforward, no nonsense approach to the format is what sets it apart from all others and what listeners demand from the station’s personalities. In this town you better respect the audience’s credibility if you’re going to have any chance of succeeding. Boomer and I will absolutely keep that top of mind as we move forward.”
“Listeners have more and more outlets to turn to for news, information and entertainment, and the same can be said of mediums advertisers can use to get their message across,” said Chuck Bortnick, Vice President and General Manager, WFAN-AM. “WFAN has a long and successful track record of building loyal audiences who support the station and its partners. Boomer and Craig’s show will be no exception to that standard – I expect them to surpass even our own expectations."
“This pairing allows us to have the best of both worlds delivering a show the WFAN audience has come to expect from a station such as ours,” said Mark Chernoff, Vice President of Programming/Operations Manager. “In Boomer, we have one of the best known N.Y. sports personalities who speaks from real life experience. And Craig’s broadcasting abilities have enabled him to draw an audience bigger than that of any other afternoon FM talk show host today. Sports enthusiasts and even those who aren’t will enjoy the banter between Boomer and Craig as they offer their take on sports and how it applies to the world beyond it."
Esiason, who quarterbacked the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals during a 14-year NFL career, also serves as studio analyst for THE NFL TODAY, the CBS Television Network's NFL pre-game show. He joined the show in 2002 and is seen weekly along with James Brown, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher.
Additionally, Esiason will continue to call games for Westwood One’s "Monday Night Football" and NFL playoff and Super Bowl radio broadcasts, a position he has held since 2000. He will also host the "Boomer Esiason Show" on Madison Square Garden Network.
Upon retiring after the 1997 season, Esiason headed straight for the broadcast booth. He made his debut as a commentator for ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," and called "MNF" games for two years. He also co-hosted, with WFAN’s Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo, Westwood One's weekly NFL preview show "In the Huddle" (1998-2002), and was the host of the Boomer Esiason Show on WLW in Cincinnati (1999-2002). After an All-America career at the University of Maryland, Esiason was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft and became one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history. In 1986, he earned his first Pro Bowl bid while leading the NFL's most productive offense. In 1988, he led the NFL with a 97.4 passer rating and helped the Bengals win the AFC Championship before their loss to San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIII. That year, Esiason was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player by the Pro Football Writers of America and the Associated Press. He again was the NFL passing leader in 1989 as Cincinnati claimed another division title. In 1993, after being traded to the Jets, Esiason became a Pro Bowler for the second time. In only three seasons with the Jets, he became the team's fourth-leading all-time passer. After playing a season for the Arizona Cardinals, he returned to Cincinnati, where he ended his career with 2,969 completions in 5,205 pass attempts (57% completion percentage) for 247 touchdowns and 37,920 yards.
Throughout his career, Esiason, along with his wife, Cheryl, has been a committed and very active participant in many charitable causes, including the Boomer Esiason Foundation, founded in 1993 to fight cystic fibrosis after his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease. To date, the Foundation has raised in excess of $60 million.
Carton began his broadcasting career in 1991 at WGR Radio in Buffalo, N.Y. His energetic and irreverent show quickly became a ratings hit. He moved from Buffalo to WWWE in Cleveland in 1992, and later to Philadelphia sports leader WIP-AM a year later. During his more than four years at WIP, Carton’s program soared in the ratings, and he also became a well respected reporter covering the Philadelphia Eagles. While in Philadelphia he was named to Philly Magazine's Top 30 Under 30.
In the fall of 1997, Carton was given an opportunity to host a syndicated sports talk show on the Sports Fan Network. After being heard on 40 stations throughout the country, Carton was recruited to join KKFN, The Fan, in Denver, Colo. as morning show host. In his first year with the station, he became the highest rated show in the KKFN’s history. He was later hired by cross-town rival KBPI and within one ratings period had the highest rated local morning show in Denver.
Following a stint at WNEW-FM in New York City, Carton joined WKXW New Jersey 101.5 where he has been for more than five years hosting “The Jersey Guys” broadcast in afternoon drive.
He has been named one of the top 100 Most Important and Influential Talk Show hosts in the Country for three straight years by Talkers Magazine; PoliticsNJ.com named him the 9th most politically influential personality in the State of New Jersey (2007);
Radio and Records nominated him in 2006 as Talk Show Host of The Year; and he has won every major radio award in the state of New Jersey.
Additionally, Carton has written weekly sports columns for the Gannett Newspaper chain and The Trentonian.
A strong advocate for children, Carton started the Circle of Trust Foundation which has donated tens of thousands of dollars to children related charities. He has also been instrumental in raising funds to help fight breast cancer. Carton was born in New Rochelle, N.Y. and was graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1991. He interned at WFAN prior to his graduation. He is married and has three children.
Launched on July 1, 1987, The FAN was the nation’s first full-time sports formatted radio station and is the most listened to station of its kind. Currently the flagship station of four New York-area professional sports franchises, including the N.Y. Mets, N.Y. Giants, N.J. Nets and N.J. Devils, and home to the No. 1-rated Mike and the Mad Dog show, WFAN also provides sports headlines with the “WFAN 20/20 Sports Update” at the top of the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 20 minutes before the hour.