Afternoon Host Chris Carlin Leaving WFAN After Less Than Two Years
WFAN's Chris Carlin has made an "abrupt departure" from the N.Y. sports radio station after having been there less than two years, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. Carlin yesterday "declined to comment on the timing of the move and whether it was his decision for him to leave immediately or the station's." His contract was "due to expire at the end of the year, and he already had been told that his option under the existing contract terms would not be picked up." However, until this week, it "appeared the station might let things ride until December." Today marks the "start of the autumn ratings book." An Entercom spokesperson said that Carlin's partners, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, "will continue" in the 1:00-3:00pm ET time slot for now. Carlin, Gray and Scott came to WFAN to "succeed Mike Francesa in afternoon drive time, but four months after leaving the station, Francesa returned, displacing the show known as 'CMB.'" Since then, it "widely has been assumed" that by late '19 the station would "alter a roster that had it paying eight hosts over four shows" from 6:00am-6:30pm (NEWSDAY, 9/12). In N.Y., Andrew Marchand cites sources as saying that Gray and Scott are "expected to remain with WFAN for the rest of this year and beyond." Carlin has had a "pattern of success in his career," but had a "falling out with Francesa" (N.Y. POST, 9/12).
TWITTER REAX: Carlin received some kind words, both from WFAN colleagues and other voices. Maggie Gray: "Working with Chris Carlin has been as fun behind the scenes as it was behind the mic. Chris has been our rock, and as talented as he is as a broadcaster, he’s an even better friend, with an incredible heart." WFAN's Sweeny Murti: "His next landing spot is getting a winner." NBC Sports' Peter King: "You are the best, @ChrisCarlin." Loud Communications President Lou D'Ermilio: "Well, this news stinks. Good luck, Chris. CMB was a breath of fresh air!" CBS Sports' Adam Schein: "Illogical. Terrible loss for NYC & WFAN. You don’t make em better than Chris Carlin." Upstate Courier's Leslie Monteiro: "He deserved better from WFAN. The man worked his tail off."