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Tales (and Fantasies) of Sports, Sex, and Salvation from Behind the Microphone

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From one of radio's loudest, orneriest, most beloved, and highest-rated sports radio personalities, a bold and hilarious memoir of sports, manhood, and what it is to be a fan.

In 1991, fresh from college, Craig Carton drove a crappy 1980 Buick to Buffalo, New York, to interview for a job at WGR radio. The station manager who hired him was the first to recognize his considerable on-air talent, and helped start what has become a legendary radio career. Often compared to Howard Stern, Carton has hosted a series of highly rated shows, and in 2007 he joined WFAN, where he and Boomer Esiason host an eponymous show every morning for four hours out of a studio in New York City.

In this debut book, Carton invites the reader to join him as he recounts tales from his suburban youth, defends his long-held love affair with the New York Jets, reminisces about the shenanigans of some of the highest paid and most celebrated athletes playing today, and reflects on his work as one of radio’s craftiest, most hilarious personalities ever to get behind the microphone.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 06, 2013 – Since 2007, Carton and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason have kept New Yorkers company every morning on their Boomer and Carton radio show. In the same loud, irreverent style of his radio show, Carton broadcasts the story of his life in sports and radio through a series of vignettes on topics ranging from his father's intolerance and authoritarian manner to the night he lost his virginity, his encounters with hookers, and his ascent to radio stardom through various stints in Buffalo, N.Y.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Philadelphia. Along the way, Carton entertains us with his take on life, sports personalities, radio, and Howard Stern. "A number of people have referred to me as the Howard Stern of Sports Radio... I view this as a huge compliment." On his less-than-stellar school days: "I was as clueless as Snookie taking her SATs." He candidly admits that "radio is my salvation; it's my escape from reality... Radio is my drug. I need a microphone and an audience, even if I can't see them, to release my demons."

Customer Reviews


If you listen to him or watch the show on tv this book is for you I can't stop reading's a really good book

Entertaining Read

The book left me wanting to read more. I hope a second book comes out soon.

Good book

Im an avid reader and definitely enjoyed this book! Great stories and well laid out. Gets a little choppy toward the end but for sure a very highly recommended book. I listen to the show daily and am a huge fan. Ive even called in a few times. Putting that aside, even if you've never heard the show, Carton writes well and keeps you entertained. 4.5 stars

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  • $16.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
  • Published: Jun 04, 2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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