WFAN Sports Radio's Boomer & Carton Show: Always Entertaining in the Morning

Andrew BailerContributor IJune 23, 2009

If you listen to New York radio stations in the mornings between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and are looking for sports analysis garnished with a topping of bathroom humor and pop-culture, look no further than WFAN Sports Radio 66 or 660 on your AM dial.

Here, you will find the Boomer & Carton radio program, which features radio personality and perpetual funny-man, Craig Carton, and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who has been great for the New York community in the fight against cystic fibrosis.  Here is the show’s website.

If you are a feminist who believes that all men are evil pigs, then this radio program is probably not the best choice. However, if you are a casual fan of New York sports and can stand the occasional display of utter chauvinism and testosterone-filled quips you probably wouldn’t want your 7-year-old to be hearing, perhaps you have come to right place.

What is somewhat ironic about this radio program is that Mark Chernoff, executive producer at WFAN, had to make a replacement decision after embattled radio personality, Don Imus, had his show removed by CBS Radio in 2007 for racist and sexist comments.  Chernoff decided to take Esiason, the former quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets, and pair him up with a proven talk radio personality, Carton, who was previously heard crossing the line with comments about gender and ethnicity on 101.7 FM in New Jersey as part of the "Jersey Boys" program at that station.

So far, Chernoff’s decision has paid off, especially for the young adult audiences (ages 18-25), who would probably rather watch re-runs of "I Love Lucy" than listen to Imus.  As far as for Esiason and Carton, it seems like Carton has got the better end of the deal here in terms of his recent rise to a semi-celebrity status in the New York metropolitan area. There is no doubt that Carton is good at what he does, but it is his pure narcissism and his border-line inappropriate treatment of women that could potentially stir up controversy and also continue to aggravate the good-natured humanitarian, Esiason.

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