Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Most Slight Cleveland Connection

Those who keep track of the Cleveland radio market know that former WFAN/New York-Westwood One morning host Don Imus did his time in Northeast Ohio radio, before ending up establishing a long-time beachhead in New York City.

(Well, until he got bounced recently for on-air comments.)

With word that Imus has settled with WFAN owner CBS Radio, the Other Shoe Dropped, and the popular New York sports radio outlet has hired a new morning team with Ohio connections.

"Boomer and Carton in the Morning" features former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason - who is best known these days for doing the radio broadcast of "Monday Night Football" - and Craig Carton.

Most people know Boomer's time in Cincinnati, of course. He even once hosted a show on now-Clear Channel talk WLW/700.

But it took an OMW reader to remind us that Carton has an Ohio connection, too. And even a Northeast Ohio connection.

WFAN's announcement for the new show cleared it up for us.

Though we don't remember it at ALL, Carton was at the station then known as WWWE/1100 "3WE" in Cleveland, as a host for the station's evening "Sportsline" show - in 1992. He left the station now known as Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100 for iconic sports station WIP/610 in Philadelphia.

We seem to recall that the rotation of hosts post-Pete Franklin was pretty active, until 1100 hired current afternoon driver Mike Trivisonno to do the evening show that defined Cleveland sports radio for decades.

Carton, if you care after that, comes to the WFAN morning slot from an afternoon drive co-host gig at successful Trenton NJ-based FM talker"New Jersey 101.5"...

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