Craig Carton, the former 610WIP weekend host who has spent the last 10 years doing morning drive-time radio in New York with Boomer Esiason on the Boomer & Carton Show, resigned from the station today, one week after his arrest on investment-fraud charges. Carton is accused of bilking investors out of millions in a ticket-broker scam, reportedly to pay off gambling debts.
Carton denies the charges. His attorney, Robert C. Gottlieb, said Carton would be vindicated.
Carton released a statement Wednesday night:
“For 10 years I’ve had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job. I have nothing but love and respect for my cohost, the show, and the entire CBS Radio family, and I’ve always tried to represent them in the best possible light.
“Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station, and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being, and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.
“I’ve always felt a personal connection to our listeners and want to thank them for making me a part of their daily routine. I hope they can respect the fact that as much as I want to talk about the allegations against me, I can’t at this time. There will come a time when I will be able to speak directly about the case, and I hope our listeners will be there.
“From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank my family, friends, listeners, and especially the executives at WFAN and CBS Radio for their continued understanding and for giving me the most amazing platform to do what I love to do the most, besides being with my family.”