Bob's Blitz named official WFAN cataloger

WFAN NAMES BOB'S BLITZ OFFICIAL STATION CATALOGER AS PART OF 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

BOBSBLITZ.COM has cataloged the on goings of Mike Francesa, Boomer & Carton, et al. since 2008

Do you know how many pictures on the internet there are that are all phony pictures that don't even exist?


CBS Appreciates no Tapes or Photographs Lost

CBS announced today that in concert with their 30th anniversary celebration, media website BobsBlitz.com had been named WFAN's official cataloger. “Boomer & Carton” debuted on Sept. 4, 2007, and features local sports talk, news headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, league personnel, and a variety of national celebrities from the entertainment and music industries. The show originates from CBS RADIO’s WFAN studio in New York City. The show's relationship with Bob's Blitz began shortly thereafter. And from that time on, The Blitz, Matthew Funtime, and SamSpinChat have helped to chronicle the station's growth. The Blitz with the outlet, Funtime with the photography, and SamSpinChat with the tapes. Morning show co-host Craig Carton proclaimed, "Bob's Blitz is a must read, everyday."

SVP/Market Manager Marc Rayfield said, “WFAN has been setting the standard for sports talk and information since its inception. As we celebrate 30 years, we are so very proud of our entire on-air and behind-the-scenes teams both, past and present, who have worked tirelessly to deliver live and local sports content that continues to make a difference for our advertisers and listeners."

CBS VP of Sports Programming Mark Chernoff added, “We are proud to be a part of the fabric of New York sports. WFAN has wonderful, appreciative and engaged listeners who are the backbone of the station, as well as leading talent, that together allow WFAN to achieve groundbreaking success and have helped the station become an institution in the Big Apple. It is no coincidence that the station is nicknamed ‘The FAN,’ acting as a mouthpiece for die-hard sports enthusiasts.”

Mike Francesa famously stated in 2013 that, "You can't trust the internet because people 'shop photos' there."

WFAN personalities went on to share their favorite cataloged moments, interviews, callers and more with Bob's Blitz.

Mornings, the Boomer and Carton Program

Boomer Esiason's Bio:

Boomer Esiason quarterbacked the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals during a 14-year NFL career, and reached many career milestones, including being named Most Valuable Player, earning two Pro Bowl bids, becoming an all-time passing leader, and winning an AFC Championship, as one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the league.

Upon retiring after the 1997 season, Esiason headed straight for the broadcast booth. He made his debut as a commentator for ABC’s NFL “Monday Night Football,” and called “MNF” games for two years. He also co-hosted, with WFAN’s Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, Westwood One’s weekly NFL preview show, “In the Huddle” (1998-2002), and was the host of the Boomer Esiason Show on WLW in Cincinnati (1999-2002). He currently serves as studio analyst for THE NFL TODAY, the CBS Television Network’s NFL pre-game show. He joined the show in 2002 and is heard weekly along with James Brown, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher.

In 2007, Esiason joined WFAN alongside co-host Craig Carton to anchor the morning drive program. The show has helped WFAN to reach all time highs in the Arbitron ratings and is consistently the No. 1 rated show in its target demographic.

Throughout his career, Esiason, along with his wife, Cheryl, has been a committed and very active participant in many charitable causes, including the Boomer Esiason Foundation, founded in 1993 to fight cystic fibrosis after his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease. He also has a lovely daughter, Sydney.

Best On-Air Moment: “I have a long history with the station - I’ve been a guest, I’ve been a fill in host, I’ve been a contributor and now I’m a morning show host, which is unbelievable. There have been so many great moments with Imus, Chris [Russo] and Mike throughout the years. One time, I was being interviewed by Chris and Mike toward the end of a very bad Jets season (as a player), and we got into a downright snippy argument on the air. After I hung up the phone, the amount of people who called me saying it was the greatest radio they had ever heard, the fact that we were fighting back and forth like that, was amazing.

Overall, Craig and I have had so many great times over our five years and I’ve never left disappointed – the laughter is uncontrollable. You never know what to expect; today he’s in a chicken suit interviewing Johnny Bench.”

Favorite Interview: “Jose Canseco and Hank Haney - both of the subjects hung up. They knew they were coming into a hostile environment, but couldn’t handle our direct line of questioning.”

Favorite Caller: “Lou from Staten Island – got a good heart, really loves the show, plays a lot with us as much as we play with him.”

Craziest Stunt on Air/Most out of Character: “The time I had the Hoodie Footie pajamas on. It was a breakthrough for me and I finally let my hair down on-air.”

Biggest Story Broke: "Selena Roberts - that was a tough interview for her.”

Favorite Team: “New York Rangers”

Favorite Personality: “Eli Manning – watching him grow from what he was in the past to what he is now.”

What WFAN Means to Me: “This is the biggest sports radio station in the world and to have the morning drive seat, and to have one of the microphones is not something either one of us take lightly, and it is an extreme honor to be sitting there and taking it seriously even though it doesn’t sound like that every single day.”

And we know Boomer Esiason is always a man who enjoys talking into a microphone.


Craig Carton Bio (Above, enjoying his favorite website):

Craig Carton began his broadcasting career in 1991 in Buffalo, NY. He moved from Buffalo to WWWE in Cleveland in 1992, and to Philadelphia sports leader WIP-AM a year later. After much success in Philadelphia, Carton hosted a syndicated sports talk show on the Sports Fan Network and was then recruited to join KKFN, The Fan, in Denver, Colo. as morning show host. In his first year with the station, he became the highest rated show in KKFN’s history. He was later hired by cross-town rival KBPI and followed that position with a stint at WNEW-FM in New York City, before joining WKXW New Jersey 101.5, where Carton had been hosting “The Jersey Guys” broadcast in afternoon drive for his five years prior to WFAN.

Since 2007, Carton has hosted the WFAN morning show with Boomer Esiason. The show has helped WFAN to reach all time highs in the Arbitron ratings and is consistently the No. 1 rated show in its target demographic.

Carton was born in New Rochelle, NY. and graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1991. He interned at WFAN prior to his graduation. He is married to his wife Kim and has four children, Mickey J, Sonny D, Lucky T, and Anthony I.

Best On-Air Moment: “Our very first show. We got through it, we didn’t kill each other, and we both came back the next day.”

Most Memorable Moment: “The personal stuff is the most memorable: losing a bet and walking the Brooklyn Bridge in a Speedo. The first Brooklyn bridge walk when the Giants beat the Cowboys, a few hundred people walked across the bridge with us. When we did it a year later for the Jets, there were thousands of people walking the bridge – the turnout proved that we had arrived in a certain level of the work."

Favorite Interview: “Hank Haney - Tiger Woods’ Swing Coach, Dan Rather, Hall of Famer Johnny Bench”

Favorite Caller: “Lou from Staten Island”

Biggest Story Broke: “Being a part of Brett Favre coming to the Jets.”

Favorite Sports Team: “New York Knicks, New York Mets, New York Jets”

Favorite Sports Personality: “Howard Cosell. Guys that were different, stood out, and weren’t afraid to be who they were, without worrying who they offended.”

Great Accomplishment: “Getting to take over for a legend, that’s what Imus was and is, and to be successful doing so. I was an intern when WFAN celebrated its 1st anniversary in ‘88, so to be a host 24-5 years later and to achieve number 1 is a major thing that no one can take away from us. As an intern, even the thought of getting the opportunity to do mornings, would have been a pipe dream.”


Middays, Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts


Joe Benigno Bio (photo via AMAZnyc):

Joe, a.k.a. Joe from Saddle River, got his big break in radio in 1994, when he won WFAN’s Fan Appreciation Day contest and was awarded a guest host spot on the station. He parlayed his one-shot spot into an early evening host job at a small station in Elizabeth, New Jersey before being offered a full-time spot on the FAN in 1995.

Best On-Air Moment: “The most fun show I ever did was called Backyard BBQ – it was a contest for our audience. We hosted the show from a listener’s pool in NJ, wore bathing suits, and kept jumping in and out of the pool during the show. It was hilarious.”

Most Memorable Moment: “The different interviews I’ve been able to do, especially at the two Super Bowls of the New York Giants versus the New England Patroits. Interviewing all the different players like Jimmy Brown, Mean Joe Green and Joe Montana was definitely a highlight. Whenever I get to interview guys I grew up watching, especially being a football guy, is really a thrill.”

Favorite Interview: “Jimmy Brown was the most intimidating and Dennis Rodman was the craziest/funniest interview I’ve done. He had his hair dyed, although he wasn’t playing ball anymore.”

Favorite Caller: “The most prominent caller to our show is definitely Bruce in Bayside – he’s consistent, knows his sports and tries to be funny.”

Biggest Story Broke: “Cole Hamels calls the Mets ‘choke artists’ on our show.

Favorite Sports Team: “New York Jets”

Favorite Sports Personality: “Ike Davis”

What WFAN means to me: “I’m very fortunate, being a caller; I never thought there would be an opportunity to do it from this side. It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years, I’ve been able to make the transition from the caller to show host, It’s almost a little overwhelming that things have worked out this way.”


Evan Roberts Bio:

Evan Roberts, who was first heard on WFAN when he was just ten years old (he did updates on the Imus in the Morning program), is the co-host of the Midday Show with Joe Benigno.

Past work experience includes frolicking in Tromeo and Juliet, hosting shows on Maxim Radio for Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, sports updates on Diamond Vision for the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, sideline reporting for ABC during the Little League World Series and hosting a show for the New Jersey Nets called “Slammin Planet.”

Evan is a diehard Mets, Nets and Jets fan. He loves Pro Wrestling, 90210 re-runs, and lives in New York with his cat Freedom.

Best On-Air Moment: “My first moment on-air, July 17, 2004. The day was surreal - it was 4 am because they didn’t trust me during the day yet. At 4:05, I talked about the Mets. It was like, wow, this is my dream come true to be on the FAN.”

Most Memorable Moment: “Seeing quotes from the Cole Hamels interview Joe and I did on the back page of a paper and to know that interview had such a big impact on local sports. It really made me realize people listen to us! I have a copy of that paper somewhere, and I did save it.”

Favorite Interview: “Doc Gooden”

Favorite Caller: “I like Frank in Massapequa. He calls up to complain about something Joe and I did or didn’t say. He’s passionate, he’s listening, he’s fair, he’s feisty.”

Favorite Sports Team: “New York Mets”

What WFAN Means To Me: “It is the greatest place on earth. I used to dream and pretend I worked here as a kid. To get to work here and express anger and happiness on the radio on a daily basis, it’s like psychiatry – I get to unleash my emotions good and bad about my teams.”

Funny Memories: “When I was ten, I had the opportunity to do a radio segment here at the station. I wrote WFAN a letter applying for a job when I was 10 years old, because I loved the station so much! When I got to the studio, I met Don Imus. He gave me advice about succeeding in the business and told me to read as much as you can. From then on, I stayed in touch with the station and sent them demos and sought advice until they gave me a shot to host a show.”


Afternoons, Mike Francesa


Mike Francesa Bio (photo by Matthew Funtime):

Now in his third decade in afternoon drive, Mike Francesa has firmly established himself as the most popular and influential sports-talk show host in the history of radio. In addition, his show regularly ranks among the top spots in its target demographic.

For 19 years Francesa teamed with Christopher Russo on the iconic Mike and the Mad Dog program, widely recognized as the most successful sports- talk program ever. As the cornerstone of WFAN’s all-sports format, they revolutionized an industry. Since 2008, Francesa’s afternoon program, heard daily on WFAN and simulcast on the YES Network, has grown to even greater heights. In addition to being recognized as one of the most important personalities in sports radio by Talkers Magazine, The Marconi and Emmy Award winner also hosts the top rated NFL Now on Sunday Mornings.

The St John’s University graduate resides on Long Island with his wife Roe and their three children- Jack, Emily, and Harrison.

Best On-Air Moment: “I’ve been lucky to be on the air 6 days a week for 24 years. [Chris Russo] and I had the opportunity to do so many interviews.”

Most Memorable Interviews: “Sid Luckman and Sammy Baugh. I got them to talk to each other.”

Favorite Caller: “I try not to choose one over the others. I have a lot of very passionate, good callers who have branded themselves as the listeners who have built their own reputations. Most are linked to a specific team. I always say, when you call into the show, you are now a part of the show. Callers want to participate and you have to challenge and question them. You can’t treat them as an audience member once they call in and become a part of the show.”

Transition from TV to Radio: “I like TV, the difference with TV and radio is, people like when they’ve done a TV show, but they might not enjoy the actual process of it. With radio, you enjoy it while you’re doing it - the process is personal. TV is a producers/directors medium, where radio is a talent driven medium. It is about you and your audience. On TV you filter your performance through a producer/director and they make you good - not in radio.”

Biggest Story Broke: “Just covering stories and dealing with the aftermath of situations such as the world crises of 9/11, the death of Bart Giamatti and even Magic Johnson with his AIDS announcement. When Mickey Mantle died, WFAN was the place to go to pay your respects – we spent a week on the story.....It’s the times where sports and real life intertwine; illness, death and catastrophe, like the earthquake of San Francisco and the Penn State [Jerry] Sandusky story.”

What WFAN Means To Me: “WFAN filled a void, changed the way sports is handled, changed the way sports is viewed and watched and how fans participate. It changed the way fans react.”

Mike and the Mad Dog reunited on-air for a segment from Yankee Stadium Friday October 11, 2009 and will do so again this Friday, June 29, 2012.


Nights – Steve Somers

Steve Somers Bio:

Steve Somers, a.k.a., “The Schmoozer”, is truly a FAN original, having been an on-air fixture since the station debuted on July 1, 1987.


Somers’s path to sports talk radio began in his hometown, the Bay Area, where he delivered sports reports while he was in high school. Upon graduating the University of California at Berkeley in 1969, Somers began hosting a news talk show on KNEW in San Francisco for which Time Magazine ran a story naming Somers the youngest talk show host in the country at that period of time.

Television beckoned and Somers joined CBS’ KPIX-TV as a weekend sports anchor in 1970. He then moved on to KOVR-TV in Sacramento as the full time sports anchor as well as serving as Sports Director, and served in the same capacity at ABC-TV affiliate WXIA in Atlanta. Somers then headed back west to Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV in 1979 before venturing back into radio, hosting his own sports talk show on KMPC.

Somers, who has won numerous awards for his work, is a die-hard Rangers and Mets fan, and currently resides in Manhattan.

Best On-Air Moment: “Probably the most memorable moment was being on-air in June 1994, when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup. And also, when they beat the Devils in game 7 to get into the Stanley Cup Finals. There were callers that were crying on the air they were so happy. Beating the Devils in one of the more memorable Game 7’s, in double overtime, at Madison Square Garden. It was their first championship in over half a century, so it really meant something to the city and to the fans.”

Most Memorable Moment: “Another great time in the history of the station, more memorable and historically important than that – it touched the heart and soul of New York City and transcended sports – was ten days after 9/11, September 21, 2001. Amidst the loss of family, friends and innocence, Mike Piazza hit one of the more dramatic home runs to win the game. Yeah, the Mets won and beat the Braves, but it was a small first step for a city grieving and mourning over this really important loss. It was the first baby step for the city to feel joy and happiness again – moving forward – not forgetting anything, but toward recovery and in the right direction. Even though the game and home run were insignificant in the big picture, whether we were Mets fans or Yankees fans or sports fan, it was something the city needed.”

Favorite Interview: “Jerry Seinfeld, by far and away is the most notable caller I’ve ever had. We actually met at a bodega at 1:30AM when I was going in on a hot Saturday night to buy a pint of ice cream. There were two people aside from the attendant in the store, and I saw him and George Wallace, a fellow comedian, in the cereal section! He was wearing a Mets cap, as was I, and because I recognized him, I had to walk over and say “hello.” I didn’t want him to walk away or think I was a nut, so I took a business card out of my wallet – we didn’t make eye contact – and I gave him the card and said ‘I’m a big fan,’ without ever looking directly at him. He took the card, looked at it, then looked me directly in the eye and said ‘You’re Steve Somers?! I listen to you all the time.’ That Monday, he came on my show, and the rest is history.”

Favorite Caller: “I’ve had Charles Grodin, Tony Roberts, Andrew Dice Clay, Steven Wright, Bruno Kirby and even Lawrence Ritter – the finanace professor from NYU who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning book on Baseball, The Glory of Their Times.”


Update Anchor - John Minko

John Minko Bio:

John Minko is a 1971 graduate of Bergenfield High School in New Jersey and a 1975 graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At Butler, he broadcast Butler basketball and football games on the 37,000 watt FM student station WAJC. His first professional position was at WSAL Radio in Logansport, Indiana in the summer of 1975. Minko was the morning drive disc jockey and play-by-play broadcaster for their high school sports schedule.

In 1977 he was hired fulltime by WART Radio in Plainfield, Indiana and at the same time hired part-time by WIRE Radio in Indianapolis. The part-time position would later turn into a full-time position. Minko was the afternoon drive sportscaster and did play-by-play for their high school sports football and basketball schedule. He was part of the Indiana Pacers broadcast team for two years and did lap-by-lap coverage of the Indianapolis 500 time trials.

Minko was hired by WFAN in the summer of 1987 and currently completing his 25th year. As one of the originals, he has done updates in afternoon drive for 24 of the 25 years. In addition, he has broadcast Knicks and Nets basketball games on a fill in basis throughout the years on the `FAN'. He has also done play-by-play for Army Football, college basketball for Westwood One and is currently the voice of St. John's University basketball.

Best On-Air Moment: “Being able to be here for the entire 25 years of The FAN. Being on the air in New York City and getting a chance to come back home, from Indiana - to live here and be here.”

Most Memorable Moment: “The first year was the biggest in my memory. It was my first year working where my family could listen to me on the air. For all of us who started at the station, it was a dream of ownership to see if something like this could even happen- 24 hours worth of sports on the radio- and it has happened big time.”

WFAN Means to Me: “The station is my professional life, my heart and I put everything I have into what I do. Putting the family aspect aside, FAN is my life.”


Funny Memories: “Before working at Hudson Street, we worked in Astoria, Queens for 23 years. The office was a dump, but it was our dump and the history of sports radio was born and is still in that dump. One beautiful 90 degree day, down in subbasement in Astoria, the ceiling began to leak and it was raining in the newsroom. We had our umbrellas up while gathering and reporting the news!”


25 years of WFAN will be celebrated Friday and Sunday.

**Update, we caught up with Len Berman and asked him for his Best On-Air Moment: "Marvin Hamlisch (a big Yankees fan) called in at my request. When I started to say something like, "He's written some good stuff...," he said "Uh yeah like, The Way We Were.....and Chorus Line."

**Al Dukes, Producer Boomer & Carton Program, Best On-Air Moment: "Hmm...I guess I would say one of my songs...My first song ever was I Wanna Lick My Hands after seeing Pelfrey lick his hands on opening day a few years back...Beat Tom Brady is my favorite, and the rendition I did with Joe Klecko on backing vocals before a big game against the Pats was pretty cool...And singing the entire parody of Billy Joel's Scenes From an Italian Restaurant about the Mets right in front of Jeff Wilpon in studio was also a great moment."

**Jerry Recco's Best On-Air Moment: "When Boomer and Carton forced us to show our loyalty to the show by running into the studio wall back in 2010. Al was fine but I wouldn't be surprised if Eddie Scozzare wasn't concussed."

**Original Fanny Jody McDonald, a.k.a. Jody Mac, (currently on 610 WIP) had a few Best / Memorable On-Air Moments: Was on the air when we learned that Billy Martin was killed in car accident. Very tough show to do. Knew Billy through my dad. He was a very complex person. Caller reaction was great. Still believe his was first or second best manager of his generation.

Second, I truly appreciated the regular callers I built up over the years. Jerome from Manhattan, Doris from Rego Park, Miriam from Forest Hills,(legally blind) Bushmill Martin, The Bruces from Bayside and Flushing, Ira from Staten Island, Joe D from Brooklyn, Val from Brooklyn, Benny from the Bronx, Sal from Yonkers, etc... They truly were the fabric that runs throughout my show and the station as well. Thanks for asking. It's an honor to have been a 17 + year part of 'FAN's 25 year history!!"

**Joey Wahler sends along his Best On-Air Moment: "In 2004, I’d been working at WFAN less than a year, when I had my first shift coinciding with a Net game on our air. So during the first half I’m in the newsroom holding court, cracking jokes, breaking balls - in other words, for me it’s just another day at the office.

Halftime arrives, when suddenly that night’s board operator, Eddie Robinson, rushes into the newsroom and asks, “You ready Wahler?”

Me: “Ready for what?”
Eddie: “For your halftime update.”
Me (suddenly turning very pale): “Uh…what halftime update?”
Eddie: “The one you’re doing when this minute of commercials is over.

I hadn’t known I was responsible for a halftime update! So I run into the studio, and feverishly grab my scripts from earlier that night out of the garbage. And this was in Astoria, so suffice it to say God only knows what was in that garbage basket.

Me: “Eddie, can you play another minute of spots?”
Eddie: “Will do, Wahler.”

Then I frantically try pulling up scores to read live off the computer, but believe it or not, in the Astoria studio you couldn’t see the computer while talking into the mic – they were too far apart.

Eddie: “Thirty seconds, Wahler.”

So now I’m desperately trying to write scores down at the last second, by hand. But obviously it’s an exercise in futility.

Me: “Eddie, can you give me another thirty seconds?”
Eddie: “I think not, Wahler.”

And the rest is just a blur. I don’t remember what I said during that update, but I’m sure it was neither very long nor very comprehensive. And fortunately, no recording of it exists. Because if one did, the guys in the newsroom would have been playing it all these years to make sure I never forget – like I could anyway."

**Gregg Giannotti, Producer Benigno & Roberts (now, host of The Fan Morning Show on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM).), Best On-Air Moment: "There are so many, I guess I would have to go with being asked to do impressions of Mike and Benigno when the two of them were doing a show together. At that point I hadn't hosted a show yet so being on the air was a huge deal. Add to that I'm on with Mike and Joe and I'm making fun of them to their faces and you have a moment I will never forget."

Us either.



**Anchor Erica Herskowitz just thought up her Best On-Air Moment...and it was worth the wait: "Hard to believe I'm working at WFAN for well over half its existence! I think my favorite moment was when I was working part-time running the board as a Senior at Rutgers. I was doing play-by-play of the Men's Big East tournament and the team miraculously advanced to the semifinals. Mike Francesa must've thought it was interesting that I was doing play-by-play (for a girl it was extremely rare at the time) so he simulcasted my broadcast from the Rutgers student station on to WFAN. Then, he sent Chris Carlin in to the city to pick me up and take me for a celebratory dinner. Yes, Mike paid. The next day I found a note in my mailbox from Mark Chernoff asking me for demo anchoring tapes. Arguably, the best moment of my career and definitely my most memorable moment on the fan."

**Host Chris Carlin (now, co-host pre and post-game telecasts for the New York Mets on SNY.), sends in his Best On-Air And Funniest Moments: "Producing Mike & Chris the week Mike Piazza was traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins. They pounded Steve Phillips in an interview and the fanbase got as fired up as I've ever seen when he said they weren't going to pursue him. People can say or believe what they want -- I will always believe they were responsible for Piazza ultimately becoming a Met.

Funniest moment -- Hosting a show late one night. Yankees are playing the A's in Oakland. It's a tie game, bottom of the 9th. Jerome from Manhattan calls in. We're discussing Yankees potential trades when Miguel Tejada hits a walkoff HR. As the ball comes off his bat, Jerome yells out, "Awwwwww shit!!!"

I don't know why that made me laugh as hard as it did, but it was pretty damn funny."

Us too. Did just that.

Former traffic, weather, and 'news chick' Tracy Burgess (who later became traffic and weather person...) shared a Funniest moment that included Imus before she worked at WFAN: "I was a caller to the "Imus in the Morning Show." I had always been an "Imus" person and religiously listened to his show. This was probably still in his "vodka" days, but he was on the air, asking for someone to do an impression of Pat O'Brien to win tickets to the finals for the US Open at Flushing Meadow. I had no interest in the tickets, but wanted to play with Imus on the air...I called and got through, so I became my alter ego, "Deborah from Massapequa." I got through, and did my impression, making believe I was inhaling through one nostral, and Imus said, "Karen, you won." I said, "My name is Deborah." He told me not to get all huffy and replied,"what am I, "ho du jour?" That killed Lou, Charles and Bernard and the next day, I heard myself as a bumper for the show. I knew at that moment, somehow, I would work at the 'FAN.'"

So it's not only Joe B who got his FAN start as a caller...

Boomer & Carton button pusher THE Eddie Scozzarie's Best WFAN Moment? "My favorite, the most memorable, & clearly the most important moment in the entire history of WFAN was when I heard in late August of 2007 -- the news that Boomer & Carton were going to be our new morning show...Like white knights, I knew that they would ride in & save the radio station, as they indeed have...the fact that they allowed me to join their show at Thanksgiving of that year was a ridiculous bonus..."

Nice job Eddie. Must be review time.

Boomer & Carton Editor / 20-20 Sports Anchor Max Herman's Best WFAN Moment: "Working for the Boomer & Carton show for the last year has already provided a lifetime of memories. But from a personal standpoint, my favorite WFAN memory happened when I was just an intern.

I was a senior at Rutgers where I did some play-by-play work for the student radio station, WRSU. The previous Sunday to one of my intern shifts, I called a basketball game against Seton Hall. The game created a bit of a stir because the head coaches - Fred Hill and Bobby Gonzalez - displayed deplorable sportsmanship during the game (and in Gonzalez's case, in the press conference too).

A few days later I'm at the FAN (we were still in Astoria at the time) and Mike & The Mad Dog are on the air. We can of course hear programming in the newsroom, and at one point when I tuned my ear into the show, I heard them talking about that game. But for whatever reason, there seemed to be some confusion as to what exactly went down.

So I decided to pop my head into the control room and told the producer at the time, Eddie Erickson, "Hey, not for nothing but I actually was there doing play-by-play for the game they're talking about." Eddie pops on the mic and says to Mike and Dog, "You're gonna laugh, but our intern in here did the game." Francesa, without missing a beat says, "Bring him in."

The next thing I know I'm doing a 7 minute spot in-studio with Mike and the freaking Mad Dog. I didn't even have time to get nervous. I just remember stepping out of the studio and thinking, 'Holy crap. That just happened.'"

Eddie left soon after that...

Sid Rosenberg Host Best WFAN Moment: "I have to go back to October 2nd, 2003. I had developed a really good friendship and on-air back and forth with Bernard McGuirk on the Imus in the Morning Show. Back then we were able to say shit without EVERYONE getting offended. Make a long story short, after Bernie and I clawed at each other daily for months I challenged him on air to a boxing match and it all went down on that cold October morning.

I remember showing up at Chelsea Piers at 5 am. It was pitch black outside, raw and I was all jacked up on ephedra. But when I walked in and saw all the tv cameras, seats, and this big beautiful ring I came to the crashing realization that this was no longer a radio bit. I was just moments away from getting my ass kicked on television and radio all over the country!

And that's exactly what happened! But to have Imus, Mike and the Mad Dog, Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Mike Lupica, Mike Barnicle and Teddy Atlas there to call the bout was awesome. To this day Joe Benigno agrees that was the best show ever in the history of WFAN. Certainly worthy of a Sid concussion and a few bruised ribs!"





Fear at the Pier, indeed.

About WFAN

WFAN-AM/FM is the original and longest running sports station in the nation, celebrating its 30th anniversary this July. With more listeners than any other station of its kind, The FAN provides audiences across the tri-state area with live and local programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is home to award-winning personalities Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton, Joe Benigno, Evan Roberts and Steve Somers. The station is the flagship broadcast home for several area sports teams, including the New York Giants, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, and New Jersey Devils. Listen to WFAN on-air, online at www.wfan.com and via the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices.

CBS Radio / WFAN will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a day of live broadcasts from Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall on Thursday.

About CBS Sports Network

CBS Sports Network is available to more than 99 million households across the country. The Network airs more than 400 live games annually, showcasing an array of men’s and women’s sports, as well as in-depth studio shows, documentaries and original programs. NFL programming includes the studio shows NFL MONDAY QB and THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW, the Network’s fan-focused Sunday pregame show. CBS Sports Network also provides extensive shoulder programming around CBS Sports’ Championship events, including the Super Bowl, The Masters, PGA Championship and US Open Tennis Championships. The Network serves as the national television home for the Arena Football League (AFL) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR), and features myriad other sports, including professional lacrosse and AVP beach volleyball. Weekday news and commentary shows include ROME and LEAD OFF.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country to more than 99 million homes through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DIRECTV Channel 221 and DISH Network Channel 158. The Network is widely available throughout the New York metropolitan area on Time Warner Cable channel 457 (SD) and 467 (HD); Cablevision channel 143 or 412 (SD) and 793 (HD); Comcast channel 183 or 274 or 732 (SD) and 854 or 1721 (HD); Verizon FiOS channel 94; AT&T U-Verse channel 643 (SD) and 1643 (HD); RCN channel 380 (SD) and 575 (HD); Mediacom channel 171 (SD) and 762 (HD); Service Electric TV channel 114 or 176 (SD) and 614 or 676 (HD); and Blue Ridge Cable TV channel 204 (SD) and 629 (HD). For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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