Craig Carton felt plenty of love from fans and colleagues as he began his comeback tour on Thursday. But it wasn’t all bouquets and well-wishes for WFAN’s new afternoon host, who had plenty of shade thrown his way too.
Not just listeners, who joked on social media about Carton’s criminal history, but also from others in the industry who aren’t keen on the idea of WFAN returning to a host who already had his golden opportunity and threw it away. Carton had a message for those people during his first hour back on WFAN Thursday evening. Get better.
“There’s also people I noticed in the business, people who are talk show hosts, and radio guys and gals who don’t like the fact that I got this chance and maybe they didn’t. And they wanted the chance,” Carton said. “What I would say to every one of you, whomever you may be – I was away for three years, I have not been on the radio in three years. I think Boomer said today, 1,150 days. You have had plenty of time to get better at what you do. You didn’t. That’s on you. That’s not on me. Got it? Good.”
There are people in sports radio who have pushed for the industry to move past recycled talent. Pushed for the industry to exemplify equality and fairness in its hires, by highlighting sports radio’s failure to display an inclusive roster of talent throughout the country.
Despite the faults of the sports radio industry in welcoming women and minorities into what is sometimes perceived as a white-male dominated fraternity, Carton was going to get an opportunity. He was one of the elite hosts in the country when he threw it away more than three years ago, and brands weren’t going to ignore that.
“Those of you that don’t want me to come back – I’m back,” said a defiant Carton before signing his first show back to WFAN. “That’s on you to figure out how to deal with it.”