After WFAN radio host Craig Carton was arrested Wednesday in an alleged multimillion-dollar ticket scam and suspended indefinitely, his morning show cohost, Boomer Esiason, described the studio as like a morgue.
Esiason, a former Jets quarterback, said he would continue on the four-hour show while the station comes up with a plan. On Thursday morning, he was joined on the air by former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, whose son Chris works at the station.
After announcing the suspension of Carton, who rose to prominence in Philadelphia in the 1990s on 610WIP, Esiason thanked listeners. “I want to thank you, thank you to the people in my life, thank you to all our sponsors that reached out to me yesterday. As you can imagine, my phone blew up as everybody was finding out what was going on and everybody read the complaint.
“It’s shocking, it’s shocking, but the people that reached out to me on Twitter, the people that reached out to me personally, the people sending e-mails and everything else … just blew me away, absolutely blew me away.”
As for Carton, Esiason said, “I just want people to know out there that I’ve loved my partner for 10 years and I still love my partner. I loved his family, loved his kids, and I am praying every single day that, you know, he lands on his feet. There’s nothing worse than having a family going through what they have to go through.”
Carton is accused of operating a discount ticket broker business that didn’t exist, bilking investors out of millions of dollars to pay off debts. He was released on $500,000 bond at a hearing Wednesday afternoon.