Craig Carton

Craig Carton
Birth name Craig Harris Carton
Born (1969-01-31) January 31, 1969
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Show Boomer and Carton in the Morning
Station(s) WFAN, New York City
Time slot 6 a.m. - 10 a.m., Monday-Friday
Style Sports radio
Previous show(s) The Jersey Guys
Sports Guys
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Boomer and Carton in the Morning Homepage

Craig Harris Carton (born January 31, 1969) is an American radio personality who currently co-hosts the Boomer and Carton in the Morning radio program.


Craig Harris Carton was born on January 31, 1969 in New Rochelle, New York. While in his teens, he was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.[1] He graduated from New Rochelle High School and the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1991. He was also a member of the Pi chapter of Psi Upsilon fraternity during his time at Syracuse University.[2]

While in school he worked on the cable television show Views From the Bridge.

On June 4, 2013 his first book, Loudmouth: Tales (and Fantasies) of Sports, Sex, and Salvation from Behind the Microphone, was released.[3]

On June 6, 2013, Carton launched the Tic Toc Stop Foundation, aimed at wiping out Tourette syndrome. Fundraising includes a bowling event known as "Strike Out Tourettes."[4]


Carton began his broadcasting career in 1991 at WGR Radio in Buffalo, New York. He moved from Buffalo to WWWE in Cleveland, Ohio in 1992, and later to 610-WIP[5] in Philadelphia. He was a brash weekend host known as "The Kid". He had filled in on WIP's Morning Show and was familiar with the Sports Talk/Guy Talk format. He was the first person to break the news story that the Philadelphia Eagles had been sold to Hollywood producer Jeffrey Lurie.[6]

Carton left the East Coast for Denver, Colorado, working mostly at KKFN 950 AM, "The Fan". His morning show took off immediately despite never getting along with the program director, Tim Spence. He was the highest rated host in the station's history which resulted in his being offered the morning slot on KBPI Radio. He quickly became the #1 rated local morning show in Denver radio.[7] Eventually he resigned and left Denver to care for his wife, Kim, who was pregnant with their first child, a girl, named Mickey.

In late 2000, Carton became Scott Kaplan's replacement on WNEW-FM's "Sports Guys" morning radio program in New York City. He was a "Sports Guy" for one year. He worked with Sid Rosenberg and Blain Ensley (and briefly with Eddie Ifft) and then just Ensley when Rosenberg left. Carton took the show in a new direction, adding stunts as an on-the-air cockfight and "Pastapalooza". Carton was also broadcasting live with Ensley on WNEW during the September 11th attacks in 2001.

Carton, a New Yorker, then became a "Jersey Guy" on New Jersey 101.5. The afternoon show was the highest rated FM afternoon talk show in America for a full 5 years.

In 2007, Carton departed for a morning opening at WFAN as Boomer Esiason's co-host when Esiason was hired as the permanent replacement for Imus in the Morning. One year after Esiason and Carton started the Boomer and Carton show, they reached #1 (Men 25-54) in the Arbitron Ratings, something that Don Imus had not achieved since 1993.[8] The show was simulcast on MSG Network from September 14, 2010 until September 11, 2013. Starting in January 2014, the show has been simulcast on the CBS Sports Network.[9]

In 2012, he was the host of SPIKE's MMA Uncensored Live.[10]

On March 8, 2013, Carton and Esiason were the radio announcer and color analyst, respectively, for the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Washington Wizards.[11]

Controversy and stunts


New Jersey 101.5




  1. "WFAN Radio personality Craig Carton joins NJCTS leadership as honorary board member ",, February 27, 2013.
  3. "Craig Carton wrote a book and they're publishing it". Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  4. "Support Craig Carton's 1st Annual Strike Out Tourettes Bowling Event". Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  5. News story
  6. Books
  8. Mallozzi, Vincent M. (September 12, 2010). "WFAN's Craig Carton Gets Ready for MSG Network". The New York Times.
  9. "Boomer & Carton 'Joining' CBS Sports Network in Simulcast Form". Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  10. Carton
  11. Devils Keep Zooming Ahead, Hoping to Pass Flyers - New York Times
  12. Article
  13. Can’t Stop The Bleeding » NJ Governor Defends Wife’s Microwave Contemplation
  14. "Case Studies: What Happens When Shock Jocks Go Too Far?".
  15. "Protest przeciwko zniesławianiu", (retrieved February 19, 2013)
  16. Vacchiano, Ralph (2008-01-16). "The whole world's going nuts over Giants-Packers". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  17. Boyle, Christina (2008-01-19). "WFAN host Craig Carton's long march after losing bet with Boomer Esiason". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  18. Radio Host Baring All for Jets
  19. Bob's Blitz (2013-05-28). "Exclusive: Here's the Entire Explosive Prologue to Craig Carton's book 'Loudmouth'". Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  20. Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton to Host Morning Drive on WFAN-AM in New York All American Patriots
  21. Power List 2007 Politicker NJ
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