WFAN Officially Reveals New Morning & Afternoon Shows
CBS Radio (about to be Entercom) Sports 660 WFAN/101.9 WFAN-FM New York has set its replacements for retiring afternoon host Mike Francesa and morning co-host Craig Carton.
Gregg Giannotti will assume the morning co-host spot next to Boomer Esiason. He joins WFAN from the adjacent studio of CBS Sports Radio where he was co-hosting mornings at CBS Sports Radio with Brian Jones. He began his career as an intern at WFAN in 2005 and later produced the midday show with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts. He then joined sister “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM Pittsburgh at its launch in February 2010 as night host and quickly rose to mornings six months later. He then moved to CBS Sports Radio in 2015.
The trio of Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray will take over the afternoon slot from 2-630pm.
Carlin, who began his career at WFAN in 1995 as an intern and later served as executive producer of Mike & The Mad Dog, overnight host, and as update anchor on Don Imus’ and Boomer & Carton’s morning shows. In 2008, Carlin joined SportsNet New York where he co-hosted Loud Mouths, SportsNite, and New York Mets pre and post-game shows while continuing to occasionally fill-in at WFAN. Carlin has spent the past year at CBS Radio Sports 94.1 WIP Philadelphia hosting afternoons with Ike Reese. He has also served as the play-by-play voice for Rutgers University football since 2004.
Bart Scott played eleven years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. Following the completion of his playing career he joined CBS Sports in 2013 as an analyst on That Other Pregame Show and then the NFL Today through the end of the 2016 season. He had currently been serving as an NFL analyst for “ESPN 98.7” WEPN-FM New York.
Maggie Gray joins WFAN from Sports Illustrated where she serves as a digital video host and podcaster. She also co-hosts a weekend show on CBS Sports Radio with WFAN’s Mark ‘Moose’ Malusis. She has also worked as a host, reporter, and play-by-play voice for MSG Network, MSG Varsity, ESPNU, and MLB.com.
The current midday show hosted by Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts will expand an additional hour to air from 10am-2pm. The new schedule will take effect on Monday, January 2.
The number one sports talk radio station in the country, New York’s legendary WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM and Sports Radio 66 AM, today announced a fresh new line-up and distinctive new voices to coincide with the launch of the New Year. Gregg Giannotti, currently co-host of “Gio & Jones” on CBS Sports Radio, has been named co-host of the newly renamed WFAN Morning Show, “Boomer & Gio,” alongside the incomparable Boomer Esiason. Later in the day, SportsRadio 94WIPs Chris Carlin, former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott and CBS Sports Radio and Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray host a long-awaited new afternoon program, “The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Bart and Maggie.” Further bolstering The Fan’s weekday line-up, longtime audience favorites Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts will now host a fourth hour.
The new shows and programming updates take effect Tuesday, January 2, 2018. “Boomer & Gio” airs weekdays from 6:00 to 10:00 AM, ET, and is simulcast on CBS Sports Network. Now with a refreshed three-anchor format and a diversity of voices, “The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Bart and Maggie” will air weekdays from 2:00 to 6:30 PM. “Joe & Evan” remain at 10:00 AM and extend from three hours to four, closing at 2:00 PM. Steve Somers, an original WFAN host and heard before and after evening games, picks up at 6:30 PM and runs till 1:00 AM. Overnight hosts Tony Paige and Marc Malusis are on-air from 1:00 to 5:40 AM and then Al Dukes and Jerry Recco host “The Warmup Show” from 5:40 to 6:00 AM to help busy NY’ers start their day.
Beginning January 2, 2018, the new WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM and Sports Radio 66 AM weekday line-up will be as follows:
1:00 – 5:40 AM Tony Paige & Marc Malusis
5:40 – 6:00 AM “The Warmup Show” with Al Dukes & Jerry Recco
6:00 – 10:00 AM “Boomer & Gio”
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM “Joe & Evan”
2:00 – 6:30 PM “The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Bart and Maggie”
6:30 PM – 1:00 AM Steve Somers
“Today’s announcement helps solidify WFAN’s rank as the #1 sports talk radio station in the U.S. for years to come,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO New York. “The mix of distinctive new voices and line-up changes alongside perennial on-air favorites ensures a continuously remarkable listening experience for the passionate New York sports fans we proudly serve.”
Added Mark Chernoff, VP of Programming, WFAN and CBS RADIO New York, “With the addition of Gregg to the WFAN morning show alongside Boomer, and with Chris, Bart and Maggie joining us in the afternoon, we’ve assembled a stellar line-up that we’re proud to showcase on WFAN. New York sports fans are about to be entertained, challenged and engaged like never before.”
Giannotti currently co-hosts CBS Sports Radio’s morning show with former NFL linebacker, Brian Jones, weekdays from 6:00-9:00 AM, ET. Giannotti began his sports broadcasting career in 2005 as an intern at WFAN. He worked part-time for the station following the completion of his internship and joined WFAN full-time in 2007. He first served as a board operator and took on producing responsibilities a short time after that. In 2008, he hosted his first show for the legendary station.
When CBS RADIO was launching a new all-sports radio station in Pittsburgh in 2010, Giannotti was named as Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan’s night host. Just six months later he was promoted to host of the station’s morning show – a program that has perennially been the No. 1-rated sports talk show in the market.
While in Pittsburgh, Giannotti also served as the sideline reporter and pregame host for Pittsburgh football during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In addition to his duties at The Fan, he also hosted a weekend show on CBS Sports Radio.
Chris Carlin joins WFAN with nearly 20 years of experience in radio and television, currently as the co-host of “Carlin & Reese” alongside Ike Reese on CBS RADIO’s Sportsradio 94WIP in Philadelphia. He first broke into the business at WFAN, where he became the producer of the legendary “Mike & The Mad Dog” program, a role he held for seven years while gaining experience as an on-air host.
In 2004, Carlin transitioned to a permanent on air-role, as host of the daily morning pre-show from 5-6am at the FAN before joining “Imus in the Morning” as the show’s sportscaster in 2005. In 2007, he joined the “Boomer & Carton” morning program in a similar role, while hosting “The Morning Warmup.”
In March of 2008, Sportsnet New York launched “Loud Mouths,” a New York sports debate show, featuring Carlin and co-host Adam Schein. At the end of 2008, Carlin left WFAN and joined SNY full-time, where in addition to Loud Mouths, he hosted the New York Mets Pregame and Postgame shows for five years alongside former Mets pitcher Bob Ojeda. In 2013, Carlin left the network’s Mets coverage to host “Geico Sportsnite,” a nightly sports highlight show.
Now in his 14th season, Carlin has served as the play-by-play announcer for Rutgers University Football and Men’s Basketball. He joined the football coverage in 2001, first as a sideline reporter, where he worked with Phillies play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy along with future Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti. When McCarthy departed in 2004, Rutgers named Carlin his successor. In 2008, he added men’s basketball to his duties, which he called for eight seasons prior to joining WIP in 2016.
Bart Scott most recently served as a host and guest on ESPN New York 98.7FM, where he appeared four times a week on New York’s Game Day, The Michael Kay Show, Humpty & Canty, and Inside the Jets.
Prior to joining ESPN NY 98.7FM, Bart was a studio analyst for the CBS Television Network’s NFL pre-game show, The NFL Today, from 2014-2016. He elevated his role from 2013 where he was a studio analyst on CBS Sports Network’s weekly Sunday pre-game show, That Other Pregame Show (TOPS).
In addition to The NFL Today, Scott contributed to Inside the NFL on Showtime and appeared in weekly segments on TOPS.
Scott joined CBS Sports Network in August 2013 as a studio analyst during the 2013 NFL season on That Other Pregame Show. Before joining CBS Sports, Scott’s NFL career spanned 11 years playing with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-08) and New York Jets (2009-12).
In 2006, he was a Pro Bowl selection and earned All Pro honors. Scott graduated from Southern Illinois University and was named to the All-Gateway Conference (now Missouri Valley Conference) First Team during his senior year. He is now a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.
Maggie Gray is the lead anchor for all Sports Illustrated digital video productions and the co-host of The Moose & Maggie Show on CBS Sports Radio, which is distributed to more than 200 stations across the country. After becoming SI’s first digital sports anchor in 2010, she has become a pioneer in digital sports broadcasting and sports social media.
Maggie has covered a wide range of sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, college football and basketball, horse racing, NASCAR, UFC, and boxing and many major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, Final Four, and Mayweather-McGregor. Her talents as an interviewer have been showcased in her work with transcendent sports including Mike Tyson, Mario Andretti, Russell Westbrook, Ernie Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Alex Rodriguez. Maggie has also shown a dynamic ability to interact with the world outside of sports, covering Academy Award-winning actors and directors as well as comedians and musicians.
Maggie also worked as a producer for Westwood One’s coverage of the Athens and Turin Olympics.
Prior to joining SI.com, Maggie was a host, reporter and play-by-play announcer for the MSG Network, ESPN-U and MLB.com
*All times are Eastern. Schedule is subject to change.