When something is taken away, we tend to remember it differently as time passes. I try to remember Patrick Ewing for his ability to consistently carry the Knicks into the playoffs rather than his failed finger roll against the Pacers in 1995.
Similarly, Craig Carton is remembered for his highlights and antics, most of which happen to not involve sports. But Carton has been off WFAN for three years and there’s a sentiment that he’s incapable of talking sports, despite spending a decade on one of the country’s premier sports radio stations. So when Carton and his new WFAN co-host Evan Roberts got started Monday afternoon, sticking to sports for their first segment was met with surprise.
In reality, it wasn’t unlike the way most shows began for Boomer and Carton from 2007-2017. Sports was always the starting point, but where they went from there was anyone’s guess. You might not get a full game breakdown involving sports-metrics and analytics, but discussion on whether Daniel Jones is the Giants quarterback of the future will be in play.
With sports as their launch pad, Carton and Roberts transitioned to celebrity Instagram feeds, Italian deli meats, mob movies, Harry Truman, standing next to Howard Stern at the urinal and also organically came up with the bit of DM’ing new Mets owner Steve Cohen. Roberts deciding what to type was reminiscent of a high schooler attempting to find a prom date.
It was awkward at times, but I’m not sure that aspect of the show needs to be eliminated, instead it can be integrated. Roberts is a self-proclaimed awkward person. His former radio partner Joe Benigno was bad at recognizing his dorkiness, instead leaving it up to WFAN’s morning show to point it out. Carton didn’t avoid poking fun at Roberts and neither did new afternoon show producer Tommy Lugauer. Lugauer is familiar with both hosts and frequently produced Roberts’ Saturday morning show in recent years. He has a good working relationship with Roberts and the pop culture acumen to match Carton.
Carton and Roberts wasn’t a 50/50 split, but a fair divide is not required. They’re not Boomer and Carton, Mike and the Mad Dog or Benigno and Roberts, nor should they try to be. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz needs Stugotz to be successful, but they don’t equally divide airtime for ESPN Radio. Carton and Roberts can similarly succeed with a split that gives Carton 50%, Roberts 40%, and the producers chiming in for the remaining 10%.
Roberts new role can eventually morph into a smarter version of Stugotz’ character. His sports insight, opinions and arguments are intelligent, as is his ability to break down every president in the history of the United States. But Roberts will also undoubtedly leave the door open for Carton to mock him, and he has the self-awareness to let it happen.
Five hours into their partnership, the jury may still be out on Carton and Roberts, but the show created enough intrigue to have listeners eager to check back in.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
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 $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
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.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.