Friday, January 8, 2021

NYC Radio: WFAN Launches Gambling Addiction Show

Entercom announced the launch of “Hello, My Name is Craig,” a new Saturday morning program featuring WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM afternoon show co-host Craig Carton. In the thirty-minute show, presented by 1-800-GAMBLER, Carton will drive candid conversations with listeners about different aspects of gambling, and provide resources and outlets to those seeking help or looking for ways to help their loved ones. “Hello, My Name is Craig” will be heard on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. ET on WFAN, and will also be available as a podcast on RADIO.COM and the station’s website.

The show will welcome former New Jersey governor Chris Christie as a regular contributor, as well as various guests to share stories of indulgence, falls from grace and the fight to overcome gambling addiction. Guests will include medical and therapy experts, members of the 1-800-GAMBLER team, founders of rehabilitation treatment centers, and more.

“Legalized gambling is a growing part of the modern sports experience and the everyday fans’ conversations,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “Our obligation and commitment are to serve not only the audience that can responsibly enjoy these gaming elements, but also in a meaningful way help those, like Craig, who have an addiction. With Craig’s voice and unique perspective, along with outstanding partners and the influence of the WFAN platform, we will do just that.”

“Each week, we will tackle different aspects of what for some is a fun recreation but for others is an addiction that forever alters and sometimes ends lives,” said Carton. “The show will be a raw and revealing look into the fastest-growing vice in the country and I look forward to providing my first-hand perspective for both those dealing with the grip of their gambling compulsions as well as the loved ones in their lives.”

“We are excited to both sponsor and partner with Craig on this endeavor and shed light on this often-overlooked topic,” said Neva Pryor, Executive Director, The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ (800-GAMBLER). “Gambling addiction is hidden and silently impacting both the family members as well as the individual who struggles. Through this show and podcast, we hope to start the conversation and reduce the stigma around gambling addiction while heightening awareness as to the warning signs and resources available for both the problem gambler and loved ones.”

Carton recently rejoined WFAN as afternoon show co-host in November 2020 after previously serving as co-host of the station’s morning show “Boomer & Carton” from 2007 to 2017.

Listeners can tune in to WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM (WFAN-FM/AM) in New York on air, as well as nationwide on the RADIO.COM app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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