EXCLUSIVE: Craig Carton opens up to Scott Shannon

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Craig Carton’s first official day back at WFAN has created a buzz all around the building, and this morning, Craiggy had a chat with another New York radio legend, Scott Shannon from our sister station WCBS-FM.

Thanks to executive producer Louis Pulice, Scott Shannon, and the CBS-FM crew for this write-up:

He was the co-host of the highly successful “Boomer & Carton” show on WFAN for a decade, and after a tumultuous 3 year period, Craig Carton is getting second chance.

He’s back on the FAN starting today with a new afternoon drive show “Carton & Roberts” airing weekdays from 2-7pm. Craig is teaming up with long-time WFAN host Evan Roberts, who co-hosted with station legend Joe Benigno for almost 14 years.

We asked the New Rochelle native to sum up the past three years of his life, and he was quick to explain.

“Self-inflicted pain,” he says, “and an opportunity to kinda figure out my life and who I am and what I was doing. I’m blessed to have this new opportunity to come back to the only station I’ve ever wanted to work at.”

Carton was arrested in September of 2017 on charges of securities fraud and wire fraud while trying to feed a gambling addiction. He was released from prison on June 23, 2020, and WFAN announced his return on October 29th, 2020.

Craig was the center of the HBO documentary “Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth,” which aired in October and showed Craig’s rise and fall and potential comeback.

In the documentary we learn just how bad his blackjack addiction consumed his life, and he talked to us about it: 

“When it came to playing blackjack, while I thought that it drove me to these great successes it was my downfall because I thought I couldn’t lose. When you go into a casino with that mindset ultimately that only ends one way and it’s not good.”

Craig and his wife Kim have since reconciled and he gives her all the credit for helping him get back.

“She’s the rock in my life, and without her I wouldn’t be back on the radio,” he said. “Without her, I don’t know where I’d be, but I know for a fact I wouldn’t be in as good of a place as I am today that’s for sure.”

Listen to Craig’s entire interview with Scott Shannon courtesy of WCBS-FM below!

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