Craig Carton movie hits HBO 10/7/2020 | Bob's Blitz

Craig Carton movie hits HBO 10/7/2020


The well titled Craig Carton rise & fall movie hits HBO Wednesday October 7th, 2020 at 9 PM. Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth docu will feature Carton talking about his gambling problem as well as, much like the book Loudmouth, his childhood and radio career.


Executive Vice President of HBO Sports Peter Nelson said in a statement, “Craig Carton’s radio persona gained him a public following, while his private struggles lost him everything one casino run at a time. Many knew Carton, but never knew his secrets, as we learn from Carton himself in this documentary about success, self-destruction, lies and blackjack.”

Boomer Esiason at the Borgota (Craig Carton rear behind his right shoulder)

WarnerMedia said in a release, "Carton talks openly about his upbringing in New Rochelle, New York, detailing the childhood trauma he never truly dealt with. He discusses his rise to fame in talk radio that turned him into a star in every market he worked in, culminating back home in New York where he was hired to helm the coveted 'drive-time' morning show in the wake of the downfall of Don Imus."

“Craig gave us unprecedented access to his world as it was crumbling around him,” says Marie McGovern. “We see Craig in real-time as he weathers public scrutiny and endures private pain. The emotion is real and raw.”

“Craig is a fascinating and complex character,” says Martin Dunn. “He knows that people either love or hate his on-air persona. But as his close friends and former colleagues reveal, there are many more facets to his life.”

From Carton’s glamorous Tribeca apartment and multi-million dollar New Jersey mansion to a top bunk in a crowded prison camp barracks; from interviewing sports stars and celebrities to befriending mobsters and criminals; from organizing celebrity softball games at Yankee Stadium to playing for the Lewisburg Yankees, one of the prison camp’s softball teams; from earning millions to waiting for $100 payments to drop into his commissary account, WILD CARD: THE DOWNFALL OF A RADIO LOUDMOUTH details – in Carton’s own words – the sudden demise of one of the most popular and irreverent radio personalities in the country, whose secret gambling life transformed him from a star into a prisoner.

Carton talks openly about his upbringing in New Rochelle, New York, detailing the childhood trauma he never truly dealt with. He discusses his rise to fame in talk radio that turned him into a star in every market he worked in, culminating back home in New York where he was hired to helm the coveted “drive-time” morning show in the wake of the downfall of Don Imus. Paired with former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason, Carton’s love-him-or-loathe him approach supercharged the ratings and spring boarded him into a household name in the Big Apple and across the country.


In addition to speaking with Carton, the docu includes revealing interviews with many of those who were closest to him, including his former co-host Esiason, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and the Boomer & Carton crew, WFAN boss Mark Chernoff and several of the journalists who covered his downfall.

Dunn, an award-winning print journalist, and McGovern, a former city desk editor for the New York Daily News, executive produced the recent documentary “Seaver,” a poignant portrait of the life of Tom Seaver, one of the most brilliant and enigmatic pitchers in baseball history.




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