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Chris Carlin Launching Night Show On ESPN New York

“Carlin will host nightly from 7 – 10pm, taking over for Alan Hahn who moves to early afternoons on the station.”

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Four months after being let go by WFAN, Chris Carlin is returning to the New York sports radio scene. 

While filling in on ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show Tuesday afternoon, Carlin announced he’s officially joining the station as their weeknight host beginning Jan. 2, 2020. 

Carlin was paired with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott on Entercom’s WFAN two years ago to replace Mike Francesa in afternoon drive. When Francesa abruptly returned four months after his departure, Carlin, Maggie and Bart were squeezed into the station’s 1 – 3pm timeslot.

As WFAN began preparing for Francesa to leave afternoon drive for a second time in two years, the station let Carlin go prior to the start of the fall ratings book. The former Mike and the Mad Dog producer and longtime New York sports radio personality will now join ESPN New York in a full-time capacity.

Carlin will host nightly from 7 – 10pm, taking over for Alan Hahn who moves to early afternoons on the station.

With Stephen A. Smith departing his nationally syndicated 1 – 3pm show, ESPN New York will fill the void with local content featuring Hahn. The station has not officially announced the new 1 – 3pm show, but while welcoming Chris Carlin to the station via Twitter, Michael Kay also confirmed Hahn’s move to early afternoons.

https://twitter.com/RealMichaelKay/status/1207091673026707456

The addition of Carlin and shift of Hahn were both previously reported by The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand. Marchand also stated Carlin’s old radio partner, Bart Scott is departing Entercom and WFAN for ESPN New York where he’ll join Hahn daily from 1 – 3pm in 2020. 

Scott is still under contract with Entercom through the end of the year and remains on WFAN’s schedule for two days this week, Dec 18 – 19. ESPN can’t announce Scott will be joining the station until he’s no longer with Entercom, but Hahn not so subtly confirmed the former Jets’ linebacker will be his new co-host.

https://twitter.com/alanhahn/status/1207088837698166785

While ESPN New York has caught WFAN in the ratings race during afternoon drive, they’ll now attempt to do the same with their other weekday shows. Beginning next month, ESPN New York will now be local from 10am – midnight.

10am – 1pm – Humpty, Canty and Rothenberg
  1pm – 3pm – Alan Hahn and Bart Scott
  3pm – 7pm – The Michael Kay Show
  7pm – 10pm – Chris Carlin

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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Craig Carton: AppleTV+ Shouldn’t Have Answered The Phone For YES Network Trade

“This is when I get to bring new people and new eyeballs to my streaming service. And I’m sure they’ll have more signups than they’ve had almost any other day of the week.”

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Craig Carton

A report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post claimed YES Network, owned in-part by the New York Yankees, made several offers to AppleTV+ in regards to its scheduled broadcast of the Yankees and Boston Red Sox as Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. WFAN host Craig Carton was dumbfounded by the proposals.

Carton originally blamed the Yankees greed for the game airing on AppleTV+, before co-host Evan Roberts set him straight.

“Because the New York Yankees sold their rights to everybody with a blank check in front of them, they are now faced with the reality that their greed is gonna result in a momentous, historical moment not being broadcast by their broadcast team,” Carton said.

“If you wanna blame every owner, and say ‘Hey, you all signed off on it’, I understand where you’re coming from on this. But Major League Baseball made the decision to cut a deal with AppleTV+,” Roberts countered.

Carton then pointed out how preposterous the idea was for YES Network to either air the game in conjunction with AppleTV+, or for Yankees television play-by-play announcer — and New York afternoon radio competitor — Michael Kay to call the game for the streaming platform.

“Memo to YES, and the New York Yankees, who own a piece of the YES Network: If I’m AppleTV+ — and whatever that check was that I wrote, it was big — this is the moment for me,” Carton said. “This is when I get to bring new people and new eyeballs to my streaming service. And I’m sure they’ll have more signups than they’ve had almost any other day of the week. If you’re AppleTV+, why would you even answer the phone if the YES Network calls?”

“Sometimes a guy calls you in Fantasy sports and says ‘I want your best player’, and you don’t even make a counter offer because you’re like ‘There’s literally nothing on your roster that would make me agree to this trade’,” Roberts hypothesized. “If I’m AppleTV+ — let’s play the negotiation game — is there anything that could be offered to you that would make you give up the exclusivity?”

“No! That’s what you paid for!”, Carton exclaimed. “Great luck! It worked out where you’re most likely gonna have a game on AppleTV+ where something historical is might happen!”

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