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Mike Francesa Named Most Influential Sports Talker

For several years, Talkers magazine has compiled the “Heavy Hundred” talk radio hosts. With sports such a huge radio genre, the magazine is unveiling its first list of 100 Most Important Sports Talk Hosts in America.

Numerous New York personalities dot the survey. But you can start right at the top, as Mike Francesa (left) is selected as the best. The WFAN afternoon host has been in the driver’s seat alone since 2008 when Chris Russo (a.k.a. Mad Dog) bolted for SiriusXM.

Russo failed to get the same support from Talkers, landing at number 39. He was surpassed by WFAN’s morning team Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, in the high rent district of number 4.

Other WFAN hosts on the inaugural list include: Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts at 42, and original host Steve Somers at 56.

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The Chernoff Chronicles: Celebrating 25 Years of WFAN

The nation’s first all-sports radio station is about to celebrate 25 years, and FishbowlNY is joining in the accolades.

Beginning today, we start a special, week-long series commemorating WFAN’s silver milestone July 1.

There are interviews with two charter members of the station, the first person on the air, and the signature voice a quarter-century later.

But we begin with a look back through the eyes of operations manager Mark Chernoff, who joined WFAN in 1993.

WHN owned the frequency at 1050 when Emmis suits, led by Jeff Smulyan, decided country music had run its course.

Smulyan, sales manager Joel Hollander, and others flipped the battle-tested country format in 1987 to sports. It was a mixed blessing, as WFAN was an untouched canvas on the radio easel.

“Its earliest incarnation was very different from what the ‘FAN eventually became,” Chernoff says.

Specifically, the programs were national in flavor, with many short-form features interspered within the shows. Original programming also consisted of 4 sports updates per hour, as opposed to today’s “20-20″ version. The Mets and WFAN have been perfect together since the station’s inception.

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WFAN/MSG’s Boomer and Carton Skate for Charity

Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason have injected plenty of enjoyment into listeners’ and viewers’ mornings. Next week, the WFAN hosts, seen on MSG Network, are providing enjoyment for charity.

On Wednesday afternoon, March 21, The duo will lace their skates and hit the Madison Square Garden ice as they host their second annual Garden of Dreams Boomer and Carton Shootout. This year, fans compete against the morning hosts for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a penalty shot against Carton at the World’s Most Famous Arena.

Fans can take part in the action at to set up a fundraising page for the shootout. Taking it to the next level, the four participants whose fundraising pages raise the most money for Garden of Dreams by March 16th will become members of Team Boomer. As such, they will join Esiason at the event on the Garden ice next week.  

The shootout is at intermission for the final game of the Rangers Skate of the Garden adult hockey tournament. Alumni players include Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves, Ron Greschner, and Brian Mullen.

The Garden of Dreams works tirelessly to fulfill its mission by creating unique and unforgettable events and activities–often involving unprecedented access to MSG celebrities, events, and venues–that have brightened the lives of thousands of special children and their families.

WCBS/Channel 2 Wraps Super Bowl Coverage with Best Parade Ratings

WCBS/Channel 2 put the finishing touches on another New York Giants Super Bowl season with special coverage of yesterday’s parade along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan.

The parade, of course, was a celebration of the Giants upending the Patriots for another championship.

But the parade could also have a been a victory lap for Channel 2. The station had expanded coverage since last week from Indianapolis, and fittingly drew the most viewers for the ballyhoo up Broadway.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., WCBS attracted an estimated 244,000 viewers to the parade and subsequent City Hall celebration, according to Nielsen. Among the other stations providing live coverage, WNBC/Channel 4 came  closest with 239,000 people tuned in, while WABC/Channel 7 had 219,000 viewers. WNYW/Channel 5 also on hand for the festivities notched just 186,000 viewers during the three-hour window.

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Stations Prepare for Giants’ Super Bowl Winning Parade

With another Super Bowl title for the New York Giants, now comes the celebration! Several stations are planning to televise the ticker tape parade tomorrow up the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan.

WCBS/Channel 2 begins its live coverage at 11 a.m. with the celebrations at two venues –New York City and at the Giants’ home, MetLife Stadium.

WCBS will have cameras along and above the parade route and will feature reports by news anchors Maurice DuBois, Chris Wragge and Don Dahler, sports anchors Otis Livingston and Lisa Kerney, reporter Jennifer McLogan, and WFAN morning co-host Craig Carton.

Those unable to get to a television can watch the festivities streamed live on

WNBC/Channel 4 is providing live coverage as well, starting with Today in New York at 4:30 a.m. Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo then join sports anchor Bruce Beck for live coverage at 11 a.m.  Several reporters will be staked out along the parade route, including Andrew Siff and Katherine Creag.

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And the Winner of New York’s Best Radio Team…

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This week we asked you to select your favorite radio teams spanning the decades in New York. FishbowlNY gave you several to choose from in the news field, primarily at Newsradio 880, where anchor teams are their bread and butter. Other categories represented were talk, sports, and music morning show.

Here’s a look at the winners, starting at number 5.

The WCBS-AM anchor team of Wayne Cabot and Harley Carnes— 6 percent (parts of 1992 – 2004)

Number 4. WPLJ’s Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill — 7 percent    (1991- present)

At number 3. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on the WFAN morning show — 8 percent   (2007-present)

Number 2. WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog — 17 percent  (1989-2008)

And the number 1 pick for favorite radio team, after the jump

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‘Odd Couple’ of Sports Radio, WFAN’s Boomer and Carton Celebrate One-Year Simulcast on MSG Network

Boomer Esiason, the famed quarterback, who found a second career in broadcasting, and Craig Carton, have been having fun as morning show hosts on WFAN for four years. However on September 14, 2010, the duo took the show to the MSG Network for a daily simulcast.

This week, the cable network threw a party for the personalities to mark the one-year anniversary.

“We knew it would be successful, and it’s been every bit as successful as we kind of dreamt,” Carton tells FishbowlNY. “We couldn’t be any happier where we are going into year five.”

Esiason, who already has many years on TV, primarily with CBS’ The NFL Today, knew he was going to be part of a special partnership.

“I felt there was something very unique about our relationship from the first time I met Craig,” Esiason admits. “Four years ago when we met, I’d like to think that I told the powers that be at CBS [Radio], “You’re going to have a number one show,” Esiason says. 

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ESPN 1050 and WFAN Battle for Ratings and Advertisers

As we told you last week, WFAN had some modest gains in the overall April Nielsen PPM ratings, while ESPN 1050/WEPN saw no change.

However, the upstart sports talker did see a gain in a key demographic. 

The Daily News reports in April WEPN’s syndicated morning show Mike and Mike beat WFAN’s Boomer and Carton for the first time among Men 18 to 34.

Meanwhile, the team of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton was tops in an important demographic.

“WFAN continues to be first by a wide margin in Men 25 to 54 in morning drive,” WFAN operations manager Mark Chernoff, tells FishbowlNY.

Boomer and Carton were put together following the dismissal of Don Imus in 2007.

Among Men 25 to 54, weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m., ‘FAN held a 5.9, while rival WEPN was 10th with a 3.5.

As for the start of May, WFAN is third with a 5.8 and WEPN was 16th with a 2.7, in numbers obtained by FishbowlNY.

Delving into the 18 to 34 male demo, according to WFAN, only the first week of May has been released. WFAN was number two with a 7.6 rating. WEPN took ninth with a 4.4.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Co-Hosting WFAN’s Boomer and Carton Show Tomorrow

You’ll recall last month we spoke with former New York Governor David Paterson about his latest work in radio, including fill-in hosting at WFAN.

Now, it’s the current New Jersey governor’s opportunity. Governor Chris Christie will co-host Friday’s Boomer and Carton morning show at WFAN in Manhattan.

Christie will sit in for Boomer (Esiason) from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. as he joins Craig Carton. The governor is no stranger to the program, having frequently called in to the show in the past. 

The top-rated sports radio station in the nation, Boomer & Carton consistently rank number one in the station’s target demographic of Men 25-54, according to Arbitron.  The show is also simulcast each morning on the MSG Network.

MSG Network ‘Excited’ by Boomer and Carton Simulcast

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It’s only been 10 days since WFAN’s popular morning show of longtime NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton became part of the MSG Network family as well.

But the simulcasting of Boomer and Carton is already proving to be a success for MSG Network.

“MSG is thrilled with [the] show.” A MSG Network spokesman told FishbowlNY. With 20 hours a week of live programming, “we’re excited we have the show, and more people are watching now at the time then what we had on in the past–way more.”

The program airs live on MSG from 6-10 a.m. from WFAN’s studios in New York. MSG broadcasts a one-hour Boomer and Carton highlight show each night.

Boomer and Carton, on WFAN, is tops among the highly sought after 25-54 male demographic.

Of course, there is a precedent for taking WFAN shows to TV. Just look no further than afternoon host Mike Francesa, who has been the YES Network’s main daytime programming (when the Yankees aren’t in action).