It was a sad day the morning that Boomer & Carton co-host Craig Carton was not in his regular seat next to ex-NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Boomer Esiason and it was only a short while after that when Carton resigned in order to deal with his personal issue, which still has not been resolved.
However, on March 29, Carton was back on the air in the same chair, but with a different crew on a different network.
I, like many of his fans tuned in to the Fantasy Sports Network (I, through TuneIn) to hear the voice of the person we invited into our lives for the last 10 years on the WFAN, and more, for those who knew him from New Jersey 101.5, and it was like he didn’t miss a beat.
I didn’t mind having to increase my mobile phone data plan (my company does not have a wi-fi for their workers to use) to hear his take on the Mets, Yankees (even though I am a Mets fan and think the Yankees’ broadcasters are annoying homers who know nothing about the real game of baseball), Giants, Jets and the Knicks. Not to mention his impressions and thoughts on non-sporting issues (I am in 100 percent agreement with his thoughts on pets in ballparks). I was still thoroughly disgusted that Carton continued to announce “no one cares about hockey” because I do (die-hard New York Rangers’ fan). I do not care about basketball, at all, at least, not watching it. As a spectator sport, basketball is boring, interrupted too much by commercials and petty fouls that no real man would ever be caught calling in the neighborhood park. The reason why I was able to ignore his statement while on WFAN was because Esiason was there to bring up hockey and prove to Carton that people do care for the sport. Is it as popular with the American audience as basketball, no it is not, but hockey does have a global reach that the NBA cannot match.
The problem I started having a week in to listening was that hockey was not even acknowledge as being a professional sport. It is one thing to be funny, but it is another thing to actively ignore it and when his co-host Michelle Serpico mispronounced hockey player names, Carton said “no one here is going to correct you” and “no one even knows what network the NHL is on”, which was utter disrespect to a professional athlete and the sport he plays. I know what the channel number is and the network it is on. It is NBCSN and NBC (a top 4 broadcast network, which caters mostly to international viewers in America. It has soccer, rugby, horse racing and it used to have F1 racing as well, not to mention, the Olympic games). I have no idea what channel TNT is on because I do not care about basketball, nor do I watch any shows on that network.
On the flip side of the coin, putting the hockey disagreement I have to the side, the show was and is still very entertaining. I tune in every 9-1 and am happy listening to Carton. The interaction Carton has with Serpico and the rest of his cast is typical Carton, with some similarities and certain differences to the WFAN show, which is to be expected.
I do believe that Serpico cannot be that daft and it is an act when she doesn’t know the answers to Carton’s basic history and trivia questions throughout the show. Though, if she really is that daft, it doesn’t say much for the American education system. I also believe the show can be better with time. The segment when Serpico brings in a friend to compete in the Carton & Friends “Do You Know More Sports Than Michelle’s Hot Friend” game is not to be missed, and with their recent syndication announcement, it will be must hear radio. The inter-show trivia contest is another must see segment.
I am glad Carton is back on the air and I will follow him wherever he goes next and hope that all of his personal issues are solved quickly with a “not guilty” verdict.
However, my biggest problem is with his other choice of co-host, Corey Parson. He does not belong in the same studio as Carton nor Serpico.
From the first time I heard him speak with his slang vocabulary, I knew this would not be very fun for me. I wish I had a mute button, that way, I could tune out the bad and keep the good in.
If he has a real education, it does not reflect in what he presents. What the hell are “the dubs” or “the boogie”. I do not think I heard him speak a single sentence in english yet. Yes, I know Carton has an urban side to him and he wants to cater to an NBA-fan crowd, but seriously, Carton is an education person with real experience in the business, who is this guy?
The Wrap said Parson is “a veteran radio host”. Carton said he used to work for Sports Illustrated. How? Maybe, Sports Illustrated hoped he would bring in the the African-American crowd? I have no idea and, in the words of former WWF/WWE broadcaster Bobby “the brain” Heenan, I didn’t care to find out.
He calls himself the “Mayor of Harlem”, I wish he would stay in Harlem and let real professionals run the show. Every time Carton talks about doing an interview or going out to eat for meetings, Parson begs to tag along to “broaden his brand”. Newsflash, you do not have a brand. If it weren’t for Carton no one would know who you or the network you are on is.
It is a real shame because I think there are other programs that are good on the network. One commercial that runs on a loop is with 2 guys and a girl talking everything from sports to social, I have no idea what it is called, but I wouldn’t mind listening. Too bad, thanks to Parson, I have a bitter taste in my mouth when it comes to the network when Carton and Friends goes off the air.
All I know is that I have never heard of him since this showed aired and listening to the show daily, just to listen to Carton, I am so happy I never heard of him before this show.
He said “before Carton I was running the network”, and I couldn’t help but laugh in a bewildered sadness. Do not even get me started on his “let me kiss Carton’s behind” laughter at almost everything the Carton says throughout the show. I have not heard a more annoying laugh in my life.
I could go on an on, but the bottom line is that Carton and Friends is a great show. Having Carton to listen to for 4 hours (soon to be 3 hours) makes my work day go by a lot faster and be more enjoyable.
It is just disappointing that Carton does not see how much better the show would be with some specific talent tweaking.