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Craig Carton Admits To Suicidal Thoughts In HBO Doc

“Riding a ski lift by himself during a vacation with his wife in Whistler, British Columbia just one month before his Sept. 2017 arrest, Carton described the desire to jump.”

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Set to premiere in less than a month, Newsday and The New York Post revealed details of what will be depicted in HBO’s Craig Carton upcoming documentary, Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth.

In the doc, Carton discusses his personal demons, which included having suicidal thoughts. Riding a ski lift by himself during a vacation with his wife in Whistler, British Columbia just one month before his Sept. 2017 arrest, Carton described the desire to jump. 

“I now have a desire to jump off the lift chair and down to the mountain,” Carton said according to The New York Post. “I lifted the bar up and I’m now inching closer to the edge of the seat. I got very upset and started crying.

“I had this out-loud conversation with myself, ‘Don’t do it! Don’t do it! You are better than this. You are not jumping.’

“As I’m telling myself not to do it, I’m inching closer and closer to the edge of the seat because I’m going, there is no doubt in my mind that I’m jumping off this chair lift, it is just a matter of when.”

Desperate, Carton called his former producer from NJ 101.5 Charod Williams who helped calm his friend down. 

Weeks later, Carton was arrested and charged with four counts of fraud by the FBI. But even at the time of the described suicidal thoughts, Carton hadn’t yet realized his gambling addiction or that he did anything illegal by taking $950,000 from an investment into his ticket business and using it for gambling debts. 

In fact, just four months before Carton was sitting on that ski lift in British Columbia, he expressed his lack of understanding for addiction while interviewing former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf. Leaf had a drug addiction which led to his own incarceration after stealing prescription pills.

“Boomer and I don’t have a lot of connection to the world of addiction so we’re kind of talking out of our ass a little bit about it,” Carton told Leaf during an interview with WFAN in April 2017. “Although I worked on the radio with someone who had a number of addictions, so I’ve seen it firsthand,” he added, seemingly referring to Sid Rosenberg. 

The HBO documentary, set to debut Oct. 7, features journal entries from Carton during his time in prison which ended this past June, as well as interviews with the former WFAN radio host since his release. HBO began working on the documentary months before Carton was released from jail, with Boomer Esiason and WFAN producer Al Dukes acknowledging in January they were already interviewed by the network. 

According to Newsday and The Post, the HBO documentary closes with “Craig has negotiated a radio comeback. He vows to be as outrageous as ever on air.” 

Although no return to the airwaves has been announced, that could change by the time the documentary airs. Joining Jason Barrett’s BSM podcast last month, Entercom New York market manager Chris Oliviero who oversees WFAN, acknowledged he’s spoken with Carton and is interested in a potential reunion, but no job offer was made yet.  

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Phoenix Suns Radio Voice Al McCoy Retiring At Season’s End

“Well I don’t think it’s any big thing because I think everybody knew this was probably going to wrap it up for me obviously.”

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Longtime Phoenix Suns radio play-by-play announcer Al McCoy has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the current NBA season.

The 89-year-old McCoy has been the voice of the Suns for the past 51 years.

After joining the team in 1972, McCoy called games on both television and radio for the franchise until the NBA outlawed the practice in the early 2000s.

He scaled back his schedule in 2010, and called road games from a remote studio in Phoenix during the 2020-2021 season. The club’s road contests are currently broadcast by Jon Bloom.

“Well I don’t think it’s any big thing because I think everybody knew this was probably going to wrap it up for me obviously,” McCoy told KTAR News’ Gaydos & Chad on Friday.

McCoy was honored with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2007.

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Adam Schein Signs Extension at SiriusXM

“I truly appreciate the platform, power and prestige of hosting Schein On Sports every weekday on Mad Dog Sports Radio.“

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SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio Host Adam Schein has inked a four-year extension to remain with the satellite provider.

“I am so incredibly elated and fired up to re-sign another long-term deal with SiriusXM, my radio home for the last 18 years,” said Schein. “I love working with the amazing people at SiriusXM. I truly appreciate the platform, power and prestige of hosting Schein On Sports every weekday on Mad Dog Sports Radio. It’s my passion.

“And I am thrilled to host our rebranded Rise and Scheinpodcast, a show to remind people why they love sports while interviewing the people in sports and entertainment that fascinate me the most and share that excitement and joy.”

Schein joined SiriusXM in 2004 and was the first voice ever heard on SiriusXM NFL Radio. He moved to SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio in 2019.

“Adam is an exceptional talent with a passion for sports that is obvious every time he cracks open the mic,” said Eric Spitz, VP of Sports Programming, SiriusXM. “SiriusXM has been his home since 2004 and it has been a thrill to see his star rise over these last two decades. We’re thrilled to extend our great relationship with Adam, keep him as a mainstay on our Mad Dog Sports Radio channel, and ensure our listeners continue to get his one-of-a-kind brand of sports talk on a daily basis.”

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Doug Gottlieb: I Would Give Up Radio For Coaching Job

“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”

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Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.

“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.

“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”

He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.

“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”

He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.

Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.

The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.

Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.

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