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Craig Carton Off FNTSY Sports Ahead of Trial

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When will former number one rated New York radio host Craig Carton return to the airwaves?  Earlier this month, Carton, whose federal trial begins October 29th, quietly signed off from his daily FNTSY Sports Radio Show for the foreseeable future.

On September 6th, 2017, Carton’s WFAN tenure came to an abrupt ending when the radio host was arrested on charges of wire and securities fraud amid accusations of running a multi-million dollar Ponzi-like scheme.

Carton has pled not guilty to the charges, but last month his co-defendant in the trial, New York City strip club owner Michael Wright, admitted guilt in exchange for a lighter sentence.  Carton is now the only person involved in the case to plead not guilty.

In March, Carton returned to hosting a daily radio show for the first time since leaving WFAN, partnering with the FNTSY Sports Network.  While the show was picked up in markets around the country, Carton & Friends did not find a home in New York.  On September 28th, Carton signed off from his new show to prepare for his upcoming federal court case.

“Anyone that has followed my travails for over a year now knows what I’m dealing with on the legal front.  This is going to be my last show here for the foreseeable future, at least for the next two months,” said Carton during his final broadcast before trial.

Carton was thankful to Sports Grid, the owners of FNTSY Sports Network, and spoke about wanting to return to his show in two months.  Still, Carton recognizes the reality of his pending litigation, which might make a return to radio this year impossible as he faces jail time.

“I wanted to take a moment to let you know what is going on,” said Carton.  “To again reaffirm that I am fighting it, that I am innocent, that I plan to fight with everything I got on October 29th and then I’ll cross my fingers and say a prayer that the truth comes out and I’m exonerated based on what truly took place, as opposed to the nonsense that’s out there.”

Originally partnered with Michelle Serpico and Corey Parson, Carton & Friends added Gabe Morency to the program last month after Labor Day.  While Morency joined Carton on the show for a few weeks, his addition was made to help anchor the show in Craig’s absence.  The daily show has maintained their terrestrial affiliate partnerships and title, Carton & Friends, since Craig left the program.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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