Craig Carton’s name came up about a month ago when Andrew Marchand at the New York Post reported that the former WFAN host, who recently got out of jail, had an offer to take over the morning show at 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia.
It seemed fishy at the time, like an agent’s attempt at leveraging a better monetary offer from another station. Carton reportedly has interest from WFAN, who would bring him back into the fold following his incarceration.
“The Post has previously reported that WFAN is figuring out if it will make an offer to Carton to do an afternoon-drive show. Though WFAN is not in a rush to make a deal, the expectation is still that it will make the time slot available to Carton if he wants it. If not, Carton already has a firm offer to work mornings at Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic, sources have told The Post.”
This is interesting to me, since I’ve been told that 97.5 is looking at a different host to possibly work the morning show. Not Craig Carton. There’s been a lot of chatter and a lot of noise surrounding that particular time slot, which is currently manned by Marc Farzetta and Bob Cooney following the departure of Tra Thomas a few months ago.
Carton does have Philadelphia connections. He worked at WIP in the mid-90s and worked for ex-Fanatic Program Director Eric Johnson at New Jersey 101.5 before leaving for WFAN. Sources tell Crossing Broad that Johnson spoke with Carton while serving as 97.5 PD, but obviously nothing materialized from that. Chuck D’Amico is the new PD, working under Joe Bell, while Johnson took a new Beasley gig at MIX 99.5 down in Wilmington.
Stand by for RADIO WARS news in the coming weeks. There’s movement on the radar, a lot of scuttlebutt. When we’ve got something concrete to report, we’ll do so.
It’s coverage you can count on.