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Chris Carlin Launching Night Show On ESPN New York

“Carlin will host nightly from 7 – 10pm, taking over for Alan Hahn who moves to early afternoons on the station.”

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Four months after being let go by WFAN, Chris Carlin is returning to the New York sports radio scene. 

While filling in on ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show Tuesday afternoon, Carlin announced he’s officially joining the station as their weeknight host beginning Jan. 2, 2020. 

Carlin was paired with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott on Entercom’s WFAN two years ago to replace Mike Francesa in afternoon drive. When Francesa abruptly returned four months after his departure, Carlin, Maggie and Bart were squeezed into the station’s 1 – 3pm timeslot.

As WFAN began preparing for Francesa to leave afternoon drive for a second time in two years, the station let Carlin go prior to the start of the fall ratings book. The former Mike and the Mad Dog producer and longtime New York sports radio personality will now join ESPN New York in a full-time capacity.

Carlin will host nightly from 7 – 10pm, taking over for Alan Hahn who moves to early afternoons on the station.

With Stephen A. Smith departing his nationally syndicated 1 – 3pm show, ESPN New York will fill the void with local content featuring Hahn. The station has not officially announced the new 1 – 3pm show, but while welcoming Chris Carlin to the station via Twitter, Michael Kay also confirmed Hahn’s move to early afternoons.

https://twitter.com/RealMichaelKay/status/1207091673026707456

The addition of Carlin and shift of Hahn were both previously reported by The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand. Marchand also stated Carlin’s old radio partner, Bart Scott is departing Entercom and WFAN for ESPN New York where he’ll join Hahn daily from 1 – 3pm in 2020. 

Scott is still under contract with Entercom through the end of the year and remains on WFAN’s schedule for two days this week, Dec 18 – 19. ESPN can’t announce Scott will be joining the station until he’s no longer with Entercom, but Hahn not so subtly confirmed the former Jets’ linebacker will be his new co-host.

https://twitter.com/alanhahn/status/1207088837698166785

While ESPN New York has caught WFAN in the ratings race during afternoon drive, they’ll now attempt to do the same with their other weekday shows. Beginning next month, ESPN New York will now be local from 10am – midnight.

10am – 1pm – Humpty, Canty and Rothenberg
  1pm – 3pm – Alan Hahn and Bart Scott
  3pm – 7pm – The Michael Kay Show
  7pm – 10pm – Chris Carlin

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Craig Carton: Adam Schefter Was Used By the Broncos

“Based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team.”

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Tuesday was a frenzy for NFL insiders as the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans nearly simultaneously announced the hiring of new head coaches, and WFAN host Craig Carton believes one NFL insider was used.

Reporting from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport at 4:44 PM ET claimed the Broncos tried to hire DeMeco Ryans — who was hired by the Texans — at the last minute, but was rebuffed, and Denver hired Sean Payton instead.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter — in no uncertain terms — refuted the validity of that report at 4:55 PM ET.

Carton believes Schefter was used by the franchise to help with damage control.

“So here’s the deal: Adam Schefter — many, many years ago — used to write for The Denver Post, and he covered the Denver Broncos,” Carton said. “He is clearly — to his credit – getting his information directly from the Denver Broncos who figure that that story from Ian Rapoport — and it is — is somewhat embarrassing…the fact that it’s out there is a bad look.

“So they go to Schefter who, along with Rapoport — the two voices of record as insiders — and they say ‘Nonsense. Put out there that that’s nonsense’. Rapoport’s getting his information DeMeco or his agent, saying “Naw, naw, no. He had choices. He could have gone to Houston, he could have gone to Denver. Obviously, the Texans sweetened the deal’.”

“Schefter’s getting his info from the Broncos, who are doing damage control,” co-host Evan Roberts concurred.

“Schefter’s great at what he does, I’m not saying that he’s not,” Carton continued. “But based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team — namely Washington — and again, he’s great at what he does. I wanna be clear at how I state this, he’s great at what he does, but it’s obvious that the Broncos are trying to spin this, and they’re using Schefter to spin it.”

Roberts added that the situation was similar to that of NBA Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, where Wojnarowski “speaks for front offices, where Shams gets his info from players and agents”.

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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