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Craig Carton was ‘a cancer’ at our radio station.

Craig Carton’s enemies are coming out, even the one who never met him. Jim Gearhart, a morning host on 101.5 in New Jersey, remembers Carton’s presence at the station as a “cancer” for him and his colleagues. “The man caused all sorts of trouble, there was constant turmoil and trouble,” Gearhart said on his podcast....
Time: 10:17     Date: 13.09.2017
Last US Sport News: Craig Carton was ‘a cancer’ at our radio station. NY Post 24 - US News

Jim Gearhart, a morning host on 101.5 in New Jersey, remembers Carton’s presence at the station as a “cancer” for him and his colleagues.

“The man caused all sorts of trouble, there was constant turmoil and trouble,” Gearhart said on his podcast. “One day, I remember Judi Franco (another host at the station) was in tears over his harassment. Carton had the program director in a chair yelling and screaming and cursing at him, treating him as if he was a dog over the fact that a station promotion [wasn’t about him].”

Carton is facing 45 years in prison for his alleged role in a concert-ticket Ponzi scheme and allegedly defrauding investors of $5.6 million. Carton spoke for the first time since his arrest on Tuesday, proclaiming his innocence and promising to come back “stronger than ever.” The feds believe Carton’s involvement started over a $3 million gambling debt.

Gearhart works the mornings at 101.5, while Carton worked the afternoon as part of the station’s “Jersey Guys” show with co-host Ray Rossi. Gearhart claimed that despite the two never meeting, he was a constant victim of Carton’s on-air abuse.

“I never met the man, but he hated me…” Gearhart said. “For some reason he singled me out and just had a blind hatred. He would get on the air and insult me every day. I don’t think he missed a day. He made up a story about me insulting women with breast cancer and talking very disparagingly about them. Nothing like that ever came close to happening, but that’s the kind of thing he did.”

Carton has made his enemies at WFAN, as well, most notably his running feud with Mike Francesa. But he also has inspired loyalty from those who work closest with him. Boomer Esiason said he was “heartbroken” over Carton’s arrest and talked to him this weekend. Esiason described the station to be “a morgue” on Sept. 6, when Carton did not show up to work because he was in custody.

Gearhart remembers the day in 2007 when Carton got the job at WFAN and was leaving 101.5.

“[I was the] happiest man in the world,” Gearhart said. “A fiesta nearly broke out in the station. He conned his way to New York and a very good job, I wouldn’t care if it’s “The Tonight Show,” just get him out of here because this man is a cancer on the radio station.”

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