Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton were paired in mornings on WFAN for a decade, so it’s safe to say the pair know each other quite well. After Carton took offense to something Esiason said earlier in the week, the former NFL quarterback pointed out his former co-host has a history of remembering things.
A phone caller asked Esiason if he had any thoughts about what Carton said about him, and Esiason went to the offensive.
“Just so you know, we listen to them and they listen to us,” Esiason said. “Well I don’t know if Craig listens to us anymore. He’s doing some show somewhere — I’m not really sure where it is — but he’s doing a show somewhere in the morning. Anything that’s said here on the radio station gets to us…we love Craig, and we want Craig to do well.”
The question from the caller came after Gregg Giannotti was late to the morning show earlier in the week, and Carton & Roberts were surprised Boomer Esiason didn’t say the last time his co-host was late, he never saw him again, alluding to Carton being “late” for the show after his 2017 arrest for securities and wire fraud.
“He’s keeping receipts, he’s got a long memory,” Esiason said.
“People who have wronged him, he remembers,” Al Dukes said.
“How did I wrong him?,” Esiason countered. “Didn’t I do his documentary? Didn’t I give him nice quotes when he was away? Didn’t I give him nice quotes when he came back? Didn’t I call them up on their first day and say ‘You guys will be number one before you know it? I guess we don’t remember those things.”
“Nothing but support,” Giannotti quipped.
“I mean, I bought him mackerel when he was in prison. I tried to continue to do that but they wouldn’t take my credit card anymore,” Esiason revealed.
“What, is there like a mackerel quota?”, Giannotti asked.
“You could only give — I think — you could only give $300 a month,” Esiason said.
“And you were exceeding that in mackerel?”, Giannotti countered.
“I don’t know what all it entailed, all I know is that for the first three or four times there was no problem and then the next time I went on it kept declining, declining, declining. I have no idea why,” Esiason said.
“Maybe he didn’t want your mackerel,” Giannotti pondered. “Maybe he was like, ‘I don’t need this mackerel anymore. You’ve wronged me. That’s probably what he was saying. Holding a grudge.”
“That’s the thing. He likes to hold grudges,” Esiason concluded. “Then he has to go see his therapist to talk about all that stuff. And I wouldn’t say that, unless he had said that on the radio. And he’s said that on the radio.”
KNBR’s Brian Murphy Speaks for First Time After Paul McCaffrey Laid Off
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’.”
Earlier this week, KNBR underwent a round of layoffs, affecting a pair of programs on the Bay Area sports station, including the departure of longtime morning host Paul McCaffrey. His longtime partner — Brian Murphy — has taken to X to share his thoughts.
In a thread to X, Murphy shared his admiration for McCaffrey, whom he hosted Murph and Mac with for 18 years.
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’,” wrote Murphy. “So much love.”
He then shared that everything listeners and fans of the program have shared on social media has been read by the duo, and thanked them for the outpouring of love and support.
Finally, Murphy addressed his future. Fill-in host Dieter Kurtenbach shared on Thursday he did not have a definitive answer about Murphy’s future with the Cumulus-owned station.
However, Brian Murphy has shared he will return to the airwaves on Monday morning.
“I’ll be back Monday morning on KNBR with our guy Markus (Waterboy) Boucher,” Murphy wrote. “Come on. It’s Niners-Eagles. Wouldn’t miss it. As Paulie Mac’s board itself would say: The show goes on.”
Mike Mulligan: Sports Radio is More Difficult Than Other Formats Think
He shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
On Friday morning’s edition of Mully & Haugh on 670 The Score in Chicago, co-host Mike Mulligan outlined the difference with music radio that hosts are not continuously talking to the audience, instead taking mic breaks and then interspersing commentary with different songs.
Filling in for David Haugh on Friday’s edition of the program was Gabe Ramirez, who used to work in the format with B96 as the host of its morning show. Mulligan’s assertion about the differences between the two formats resulted in a conversation about the differences between the grenres, with Ramirez explaining the difficulties that music radio hosts face on the air.
“The music station’s still creating content,” Ramirez said. “You get to have a guest – since I am going to defend my music stations – you get to have a guest and toss them a softball question and listen to them rant for five minutes.”
Mulligan disagreed with this perspective, conveying that he does not feel their program provides guests with easy questions. Additionally, he shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
“As a former sportswriter, we sit around and we talk about sports,” Mulligan said. “We talk about the sports we cover and we talk about other sports.”
“You have to talk about Justin Fields seven days in a row,” Ramirez replied. “As a morning show for music, you have to come up with new content every day.”
Rather than taking umbrage towards the response, Mike Mulligan explained that the key to effectively performing his job is being able to discuss important stories of the day even when they are not the headlines. Furthermore, he expounded on the commitment that it takes to watch the amount of sporting events and to be properly informed on the action so he is able to take the air.
“That I will agree with,” Ramirez said. “I’ve told people this – they ask me, ‘What’s the biggest difference?’ The prep, without question, is way more difficult in sports radio because everyone that’s listening to you already knows the answers and you have to be equally if not more informed in all of those things.”
Minnesota Twins Set to Tab Cory Provus as New TV Voice, Kris Atteberry as Lead Radio Announcer
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012.
After Dick Bremer exited the Minnesota Twins TV booth in October, the search began for his replacement. The MLB franchise didn’t have to look far, though.
Twins radio voice Cory Provus is reportedly set to become the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the club, according to a report from Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012. Many immediately tabbed him as the club’s replacement for Bremer, who retired after 40 seasons as the lead television voice of the American League club. Before joining the team in 2012, Provus worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as the number two broadcaster after spending two seasons as the radio pregame host for the Chicago Cubs.
Meanwhile, Kris Atteberry has been signaled as the person set to replace Provus inside the franchise’s radio booth. He has served as the pregame and postgame host for the Minnesota Twins Radio Network since 2007. Atteberry joined the club after spending five years calling games for the then-Independent St. Paul Saints from 2002-2006.
While the television and radio broadcast crews appear set, questions remain about where the team will televise its games in 2024. The club’s contract with Bally Sports North has reportedly expired, and it has yet to sign an agreement with the bankruptcy-laden RSN, or with a local over-the-air television station.