Source: Boomer & Carton to blame for Sterling & Waldman remaining Yankees broadcasters | Bob's Blitz

Source: Boomer & Carton to blame for Sterling & Waldman remaining Yankees broadcasters

The Yankees reached a multiyear agreement last September for their games to be broadcast on WFAN. The deal was completed between the club and CBS Radio, which owns 660. The Yanks had been broadcast on WCBS-AM since 2002. John Sterling had done play-by-play of the Yanks' games since 1989 when they were aired on WABC while Suzyn Waldman joined Sterling in the booth in 2005. There was speculation at the time that either, or both, would not return.

This past February it was announced that, unfortunately, both broadcasters would return. “We’re extremely honored to bring Yankees baseball to the FAN,” Don Bouloukos, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO New York said at the time. “We look forward to many successful years with the team, and are very excited about their offseason player acquisitions.”

Bouloukos added, “After nearly a decade of calling play-by-play, John and Suzyn have established themselves as New York’s most recognizable broadcast team. We’re pleased to welcome them back to the booth.”

A source indicated to the Blitz exclusively over the weekend that a major driving force for bringing the duo back was the morning crew of Boomer & Carton. No, not the support Esiason & Craig gave to John & Sterling...but rather the mind of Mark Chernoff. (Chernoff is CBS Radio’s vice president of sports stations and vice president of programming for CBS Radio New York, which includes WFAN.)

Bob -- I can reveal now that a driving force for bringing back John & Suzyn was Craig Carton. No, not behind the scenes pushing or his on the air support. Chernie became a Yankees broadcast decision maker when we [WFAN] got the rights. He thought long and hard about change. Of course keeping the sound the same on a baseball radio broadcast, no matter how bad, is preferred in most cases but here? He also felt that they would be excellent fodder for Carton's daily morning imitations.

And they have been...

Reached for comment, Carton replied, "I am special."

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