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WFAN Welcomes Back Past Voices For Anniversary

“He’s surely to be mentioned during the weekend, but there is no “Best Of” hour listed for the late Don Imus, who is widely recognized for helping bring credence to WFAN in its early years.”

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WFAN is celebrating their 33rd anniversary this weekend, having debuted its sports radio format July 1, 1987. From Friday, July 3 through 5, WFAN will feature a list of throwback talent including audio from iconic voices Chris Russo and Craig Carton. 

It won’t be live, but less than two weeks after Carton was released from prison, WFAN listeners will be able to hear his voice on the station again this weekend. WFAN is offering pairings with a mix of current and returning hosts, as well as “Best Of” hours for Mike and the Mad DogBoomer and Carton, and current morning show Boomer and Gio. It’s the first time WFAN will feature programming that involves Carton since his arrest and departure in Sept. 2017. 

In addition to the “Best Of” hours, former weekday hosts Dave Sims and Tony Paige will also be part of the 33-year anniversary celebration. Sims, a play-by-play voice of the Seattle Mariners will reunite with his midday co-host Ed Coleman on WFAN Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tony Paige, who retired from his overnight post on WFAN last year will return for an hour on Sunday, co-hosting with Steve Somers. Somers will also join his former 10am – 1pm partner Russ Salzberg over the weekend.

Other longtime WFAN personalities such as Howie Rose, Richard Neer, Bob Papa and Carl Banks will be live on-air during the anniversary celebration. He’s surely to be mentioned during the weekend, but there is no “Best Of” hour listed for the late Don Imus, who is widely recognized for helping bring credence to WFAN in its early years. 

Full July 4 and 5 programming:

July 4

6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET:Richard Neer, WFAN weekend host 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET:Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, current afternoon show co-hosts 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET:Howie Rose, original WFAN evening host and current New York Mets broadcaster on sister station WCBS-880 (WCBS-AM) 
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:Bob Papa and Carl Banks, WFAN radio broadcast team for New York Giants football games 
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET:Ed Coleman and Dave Sims, former WFAN midday show co-hosts 
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET:Sweeny Murti, WFAN Yankees beat reporter, postgame show host and part-time station host 
11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Sunday) ET:Jody McDonald, original WFAN host, current weekend host 

July 5

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. ET:Bob Salter, WFAN Public Affairs Director since 1994 and current weekend on-air host 
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. ET:Ann Liguori, original WFAN host now covering golf and tennis 
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET:“Sports Edge” with Rick Wolff, airing in current timeslot since 1995 
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET:“Sunday Baseball Show” with Suzyn Waldman, longtime WFAN personality and the first-ever voice heard on WFAN; current WFAN Yankees Radio Network announcer 
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET:Steve Somers, original WFAN host, current overnight host and only host who has remained full-time since station launch; and Russ Salzberg 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:Steve Somers and Tony Paige, former WFAN overnight host (2003-2019) 
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET:Ed Coleman and Dave Sims 
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET:“Best of Mike and the Mad Dog,” WFAN’s legendary afternoon team for nearly two decades (1989-2008) 
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET:“Best of Boomer and Carton,” former WFAN morning show (2007-2017) 
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET:“Best of Boomer and Gio,” current WFAN morning show 
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET:Sweeny Murti 
11:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. (Monday) ET:Jody McDonald 

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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