After hearing about Craig Carton’s issues, former WFAN personality Sid Rosenberg had plenty to say about it. During conversations with Scott and BR on the Mighty 1090, and the New York Post, the WABC midday host said he sympathizes with Carton but isn’t surprised by his demise.
“I know it sounds crazy, and I may be the only one in the country who feels this way but I actually look at it, because I’m a recovering addict, and I’ve had gambling issues in my life as well, there’s a part of me that’s sympathetic,’’ Rosenberg told The Post. “Like this guy is so sick. I went to Gamblers Anonymous time and time again, been abstinent for a long time, then I’d fall off the cliff a little bit.
“But I know how deadly the disease is, man. It’s like drugs and alcohol, that’s one thing, you can smell it, you can see it. But gambling is different. You can go years, no one is going to know. But you’re laying on your pillow at night and you’re like ‘How do I come up with a million dollars,’ and it’s terrible.
“He obviously did a lot of these things out of desperation and what he did was terrible, if it’s true. If he fleeced innocent people out of millions of dollars, he’s got to go to jail, he f—ed up. But that’s what happens with this disease.’’
While talking to The Mighty 1090 and former radio partner Scott Kaplan, Rosenberg elaborated even further.
“He was sitting in the driver’s seat in New York City. If his salary was $1.8 or $2 million dollars, that’s not what he was making. He and Boomer walk into a department store and they make $20,000 dollars for 15 minutes. His endorsement money, his appearance money, he’s written a book, his television show, this guy was making a lot more than his salary.
“In New York, all of the big players are here, and he had access to everybody. Like the guy or not, the facts are that his show was very successful. Don Imus left and to Boomer and Carton’s credit, they didn’t miss a step, in fact, they did well in Imus’ absence. Even though he was a dick on the air, everybody wanted to be around Boomer and Craig, and he took advantage of it.”
Rosenberg has gone thru his own personal challenges due to addiction. As a result he had to resign from WFAN and was terminated by 560 WQAM in Miami. Given those prior experiences, Sid says he thinks Carton was involved in something much deeper.
“If you’re going to do something as serious as this, and dupe people out of 4-5 million dollars, and go to the length that he did to create a company that didn’t even exist, and I know some of his associates here in New York, and they’re bad guys, but this is above casino gambling.
“Maybe they threatened him. He’s got a wife and four kids. But his actions say to me that this guy was a lot more desperate than paying a casino. The casino is going to charge you interest but they’re not going to hunt you down and shoot you at your front door. The way he acted tells me he was a lot more desperate than owing a casino some money.”
Rosenberg and Carton have history together, previously working on the “The Sports Guys’’ on WNEW. Their relationship started strong but eventually faded. Rosenberg said most of their issues stemmed from differences of opinion about the direction of their show.
“The guy had the best job in the world, morning show host on FAN,’’ said Rosenberg. “He’s finished. Trust me. I look at him as a sick guy. I know what this disease does. If this is not the scariest tale of all, I don’t know what is. If in fact he’s guilty, he’ll never work again. If he’s exonerated he’s got a chance, but my fear is not getting back on the air at FAN is the least of his problems.’’
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.
The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.