Joe Benigno was supposed to return to WFAN on Monday. But that plan has changed according to the New York Daily News.
After being named in a sexual harassment suit by an ex-employee, Benigno is taking a leave of absence from the radio station while his employer, Entercom Communications, works to resolve the case and clear his name.
Lauren Lockwood, a former WFAN sales executive, has filed a five million dollar lawsuit in Brooklyn Civil Court. She claims Benigno would brag about having threesomes with his wife and prostitutes, suggesting she consider joining them.
Lockwood further alleges that Benigno would rub her back, rank women in the office based on their appearance, and show explicit photos of his naked wife and a prostitute.
A statement released by Benigno’s lawyer Arthur Aidala claims the accusations are false.
“He’s denying everything she alleged,” said Aidala. “Joe never showed a naked picture of his wife. That’s absolutely insane. He never propositioned her in any way, shape, or form.”
The former salesperson also accuses the station of conducting inappropriate business by allowing alcohol to be consumed in the workplace, knowingly permitting the practice of taking prospective clients to strip clubs, and creating an uncomfortable environment at events.
During an evening with clients at the Barclays Center, Lockwood claims she was punched in the face while trying to break up a fight between two radio representatives and a guest she had brought to the event. She says the incident resulted in her being the only one suspended.
Time will tell what comes of this situation but for now, one of Entercom’s crown jewel sports radio brands has a huge stain on its image.
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.
Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf
“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.
The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.
During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.
“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.
“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”
Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.
“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.
ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record
“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”
The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.
ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.
As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.
FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week
Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.
FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.
Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.
The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.
FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.