WFAN host Craig Carton is leaving the network with his radio show ending June 30 – as he ‘focuses on the lucrative TV program FS1’
- Craig Carton confirmed his exit by starting his afternoon show an hour early
- The 54-year-old will now only focus on his show which debuted last September
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Longtime WFAN New York radio host Craig Carton is leaving the network.
The 54-year-old is focused on his cable TV role on FS1, where he is expected to earn seven figures, according to the New York Post.
Carton confirmed his exit by starting his afternoon show an hour earlier than normal to give himself time for a lengthy monologue about his career before his announcement.
“Good day and a very sad day for me, this is one of the hardest days I’ve ever had on radio as I’m leaving WFAN,” Carton said.
He will now focus solely on his show which debuted last September, known as “The Carton Show”.
Longtime WFAN New York radio host Craig Carton is leaving the network to focus on the FS1 show
Carton, whose last day at the local radio station will be June 30, is said to have debated the lucrative offer at length because of his loyalty to FAN.
In November 2020, the station gave Carton a second chance to work for FAN.
He was sentenced to 42 months in Manhattan in April 2019 for his role in a $5.6 million ticket fraud scheme.
The former radio co-host of NFL MVP Boomer Esiason in 1988, Carton was convicted of conspiracy as well as wire and securities fraud and faces up to 45 years in prison.
Carton quit his radio show after he was arrested in 2017 when he was accused of defrauding investors in a ticket resale business.
Carton reportedly earned around $2 million when he was paired with former NFL quarterback Esiason on popular WFAN radio show “Boomer and Carton” before his 2017 arrest forced him out.
During his 2019 sentencing, Carton said memories of sexual abuse he suffered when he was 11 were triggered by revelations of sex crimes by Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach from Penn State who was convicted of child sexual abuse in 2012.
He said he turned to blackjack and became addicted to the game, unaware of winning and losing.
“I didn’t celebrate winning $4 million in three days…in the Bahamas. I didn’t lament losing $700,000 in less than 24 hours a few weeks later in Atlantic City” , did he declare.
He called his arrest a “bolt of realization” that led him to Gamblers Anonymous and therapy.
A native of New Rochelle, New York, Carton attended Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1991 and began working in Buffalo, eventually moving on to radio jobs in Cleveland, Philadelphia, and eventually New York. .
Carton suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome and was previously involved in charitable efforts to fight the disease.
FS1 is said to be confident in Carton and his abilities, and despite the fact that “The Carton Show” has not had high ratings since its inception, the network believes it will improve once it no longer splits the attention between television and radio.