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Craig Carton Tells Critics ‘Figure Out How To Deal’ With Return

“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.”

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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.”

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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