So long, bro, we couldn't have done it without you!
Joe Benigno announced Wednesday afternoon that he is retiring full-time from WFAN. His final show with Evan Roberts from the Town Fair Tire studio will be next Friday, Nov. 6, from 2-6 p.m., ending a 13-year partnership that began as “Benigno & Roberts in the Midday” on Jan. 2, 2007.
“It’s time,” Joe said at the show open. “It’s been a great run, a stellar 25 years here, almost 14 for us. We’ve had a stellar ride, all the things we’ve done, we’ve had a lot of fun and some memorable moments, but it’s time for me to go.”
Benigno, who last month both turned 67 years old and celebrated his 25th anniversary as a full-time WFAN, will continue in a part-time role on WFAN into 2021, with scheduling to be determined.
“We’ll see what happens,” Benigno said.
A former regular caller to the station, Joe won a contest to guest host a show in 1994, and a year later, his quarter-century as a full-time host began when he was named overnight host in 1995. However, everyone’s favorite bro and long-suffering Jets fan has decided that it’s time to go back to being Joe from Saddle River for the most part (or, perhaps, Joe from Florida).
“I’ll be taking some time off, heading down south and playing some golf, and as you know, eventually, my plan is to be in Florida full-time,” Joe said. “I want to thank everyone who has already reached out to me once the cat came out of the bag.”
If your reaction is “OH, THE PAIN!,” – kind of like Joe’s was when he mentioned that in 25 years on-air, none of his teams won a title – then call in to the final episodes of Benigno & Roberts leading up to Nov. 6 to let Mr. B know how much you love him – and, show your love (all the love!) on social media using the hashtags #ThankYouJoeB and #AllTheLove.
Great job, Joe, as always, we couldn’t have done it all these years without you – but as the page turns, stay tuned to WFAN and WFAN.com as news about any schedule changes surrounding Joe’s retirement become available.