Showing posts with label WFAN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WFAN. Show all posts

Thursday, September 07, 2017


Craig Carton

NY DAILY NEWS -- Standing before a federal judge as an accused con man, acid-tongued WFAN morning show host Craig Carton was finally speechless.

The caustic co-star of “The Boomer and Carton Show” said nothing after his early Wednesday arrest for duping investors out of $5.6 million to cover his whopping gambling debts, authorities charged.

“Who do you like in the Pats game tomorrow?” one bystander shouted as Carton, his face hidden by his hoodie, marched mutely from the Manhattan Federal Courthouse to a cab.

Carton and co-defendant Michael Wright redirected some of the funds from their web of deceit to a “Ponzi-like scheme,” reimbursing some investors with money bilked from other victims, according to court papers.

Friday, April 13, 2007


Rutgers Womans Basketball team forgives !

Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer said Friday the team had accepted radio host Don Imus' apology. She said he deserves a chance to move on but hopes the furor his racist and sexist insult caused will be a catalyst for change."We, the Rutgers University Scarlet Knight basketball team, accept Mr. Imus' apology, and we are in the process of forgiving," Stringer read from a team statement a day after the women met personally with Imus and his wife."We still find his statements to be unacceptable, and this is an experience that we will never forget," she said. The team had just played for the NCAA national championship last week and lost when Imus, on his nationally syndicated radio show, called the players "nappy-headed hos." The statement outraged listeners and set off a national debate about taste and tolerance. It also led to his firing by CBS on Thursday."These comments are indicative of greater ills in our culture," Stringer said. "It is not just Mr. Imus, and we hope that this will be and serve as a catalyst for change. Let us continue to work hard together to make this world a better place."Imus was in the middle of a two-day radio fundraiser for children's charities when he was dropped by CBS. On Friday, his wife took over the show and also talked about the meeting with the Rutgers players."They gave us the opportunity to listen to what they had to say and why they're hurting and how awful this is," author Deirdre Imus said."He feels awful," she said of her husband. "He asked them, 'I want to know the pain I caused, and I want to know how to fix this and change this.'"Deirdre Imus also said that the Rutgers players have been receiving hate e-mail, and she demanded that it stop. She told listeners "if you must send e-mail, send it to my husband," not the team."I have to say that these women are unbelievably courageous and beautiful women," she said. Stringer declined to discuss the hate mail Friday. Rutgers team spokeswoman Stacey Brann said the team had received "two or three e-mails" but had also received "over 600 wonderful e-mails."The team's goal was never to get Imus fired, Stringer said. "It's sad for anyone to lose their job," she said.The cantankerous Imus, once named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine and a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was one of radio's original shock jocks. His career took flight in the 1970s and with a cocaine- and vodka-fueled outrageous humor. After sobering up, he settled into a mix of highbrow talk about politics and culture, with locker room humor sprinkled in. Critics have said his remark about the Rutgers women was just the latest in a line of objectionable statements by the ringmaster of a show that mixed high-minded talk about politics and culture with crude, locker-room humor. Imus apologized on the air late last week and also tried to explain himself before the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio audience, appearing alternately contrite and combative. But many of his advertisers still bailed in disgust, particularly after the Rutgers women spoke publicly of their hurt. On Wednesday, a week after the remark, MSNBC said it would no longer televise the show. CBS fired Imus Thursday from the radio show that he has hosted for nearly 30 years."He has flourished in a culture that permits a certain level of objectionable expression that hurts and demeans a wide range of people," CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves said in a memo to his staff. Sharpton praised Moonves' decision Friday and said it was time to change the culture of publicly degrading other people."I think we've got to really used this to really stop this across the board," he told CBS's "The Early Show."Some Imus fans, however, considered the radio host's punishment too harsh. Mike Francesa, whose WFAN sorts show with partner Chris Russo is considered a possible successor to "Imus in the Morning," said he was embarrassed by the company. "I'm embarrassed by their decision. It shows, really, the worst lack of taste I've ever seen," he said. Losing Imus will be a financial hit to CBS Radio, which also suffered when Howard Stern left for satellite radio. The program earns about $15 million in annual revenue for CBS, which owns Imus' home radio station WFAN-AM and manages Westwood One, the company that syndicates the show nationally WFAN.The show's charity fundraiser had raised more than $1.3 million Thursday before Imus learned he had lost his job. The total had grown Friday to more than $2.3 million for Tomorrows Children's Fund, CJ Foundation for SIDS and the Imus Ranch, Deirdre Imus said. The annual event has raised more than $40 million since 1990. Imus' troubles have also affected his wife, the founder of a medical center that studies links between cancers and environmental hazards whose book "Green This!" came out this week. Her promotional tour was called off "because of the enormous pressure that Deirdre and her family are under," said Simon & Schuster publicist Victoria Meyer.The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology in Hackensack, N.J., works to identify and control exposures to environmental hazards that may cause adult and childhood cancers. Imus Ranch in New Mexico invites children who have been ill to spend time on a working cattle ranch.

Monday, April 09, 2007


Al Sharpton is always ready for a good hookout !

American radio talk show host John Donald Imus, Jr., aka 'Don' Imus, is to appear on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show today, Monday, Sharpton and MSNBC announced yesterday.On Wednesday, April 4, he called the Rutgers University women’s basketball team "nappy headed hos" on his "Imus in the Morning." Imus and McGuirk described the black members of the team as "jigaboos and wannabees," making a reference to filmmaker Spike Lee’s movie "School Daze," in which Lee sought to highlight and deconstruct the light skinned-dark skinned tension among black people. Imus was and is constantly offensive to many categories of people. The swift reaction to his comments was also due to the preceding incidents in entertainment which have already irritated the African-American community. Meanwhile, Al Sharpton maintains his position unchanged: He wants Imus fired and intends to write the FCC about the racist remarks. "Somewhere we must draw the line in what is tolerable in mainstream media," Sharpton said Sunday. "We cannot keep going through offending us and then apologizing and then acting like it never happened. Somewhere we've got to stop this." Sharpton has said he will picket WFAN unless Imus is gone within a week."Somewhere we must draw the line in what is tolerable in mainstream media," Sharpton said Sunday. "We cannot keep going through offending us and then apologizing and then acting like it never happened. Somewhere we've got to stop this."The Reverend Al Sharpton, the National Association of Black Journalists and a handful of sports columnists will continue to loudly demand that MSNBC and radio stations fire Imus. Imus apologized on his radio show Friday morning, saying his remarks were "insensitive and ill-conceived." Mr. Imus suggested that everyone needed to relax and should not be offended by "some idiot comment meant to be amusing." He described himself Monday as "a good person" who made a bad mistake."We were kidding around, but that doesn't change it. That doesn't make it any less repugnant," he said Monday."I wasn't drunk. I'm not some angry raving nut on a nightclub stage, and I'm not a bad person. I'm a good person, but I said a bad thing," he said on his radio show."But these young women deserve to know it was not said with malice.""Whatever problem there was, I think that he took care of with his statement of Friday," said Mr. Oliphant, one of the guests scheduled for this morning, to NYT. "It was classic Imus. He said he screwed up and he was sorry. Bang. Bang. It was very much to the point, and did not offer any excuses."Imus in the Morning is a daily comedy, news, and political program produced by WFAN and syndicated by Westwood One in the United States and airs from 5:30 to 10am. Since September 2, 1996, the show is simulcasted on cable television network MSNBC from 5:30 to 9 a.m. (ET). The show's many guests include prominent politicians such as Mitt Romney, John McCain, John Kerry, Dick Cheney, J.D. Hayworth and Harold Ford, Jr., as well as reporters and columnists from Newsweek, NBC, MSNBC, and other media outlets. In 1997, Imus was named as one of Time magazine's "25 most influential people in America"; he was also on the cover of Newsweek in 1999. Imus was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. Imus won three Marconi Awards, two for Major Market Personality of the Year (1992 and 1997) and one for Network Syndicated Personality (1994).