They did not revolutionize sports activities speak radio.
Chris Carlin, Maggie Grey and Bart Scott solely changed a man who did that.
Their new WFAN present, “The Afternoon Drive With Carlin, Bart and Maggie,” has a clumsy title and the unattainable job of following Mike Francesa, who left the station and the legendary time slot final month.
Their first present was as exceptional as a bowl of oatmeal, and after a lot fanfare about how a three-person group and this new group of various personalities was going to be such a departure from all the pieces else that is on the market, ultimately, “Afternoon Drive” sounded identical to each different sports activities present on each different station.
That is to not say “Afternoon Drive” was unhealthy. It simply wasn’t exceptional.
Tuesday was formally the primary present for the three, and Carlin, a former “Mike and the Mad Canine” producer, instantly addressed the elephant within the room as a part of his opening.
“No person replaces Mike Francesa,” Carlin stated. “He’s an unimaginable expertise who helped carry this radio station for a very long time, and none of us can be right here doing this if not for what he completed.
“Look, we’re coming in, we’re not attempting to be Mike. We’re not attempting to repeat him in any method, as a result of you possibly can’t. We’re simply attempting to hold on the custom of excellence that has been established in our personal method. We’ll stay and breathe New York sports activities with you. We’ll ask the questions that you just need to ask. And we’ll get to know you; you are going to get to know us. And hopefully we’ll have just a few laughs alongside the best way.”
Hopefully that day comes quickly. As a result of in a phrase, their first present was meh. It was boring. It was cookie-cutter. It might have been on in another metropolis like Philadelphia or Boston.
Day One was unremarkable when it comes to sports activities speak radio. There was no viral rip of an area group, no shouting down of a caller, no bombastic boast from the brand new trio, all of the issues we have been spoiled by over time. The most important information any of their friends made was should you learn between the traces of what Giants GM Dave Gettleman or Eli Manning stated, and that is not essentially the fault of the brand new hosts, both. Probably the most memorable factor that occurred throughout these two high-profile interviews was Gettleman’s cellphone rang within the background and his ring tone is extra attention-grabbing than something both of the three information hosts have stated but.
It was refreshing, although, to listen to somebody ask questions and anticipate a response with out speaking over them on WFAN within the afternoon.
CMB, as they’re calling themselves on Twitter which additionally occurs to be the acronym for Money Cash Brothers, the drug-dealing crew led by Wesley Snipes within the film New Jack Metropolis, was merely four-and-a-half hours of straight-up sports activities speak, largely centered on the Giants, some on the Jets, and little or no of the rest. It is not an thrilling medium, which is why what Francesa and Russo did was so unimaginable. It is why what Craig Carton did within the morning was so particular as a result of should you take heed to the present present, you recognize it is nothing in comparison with what it was once.
And for the second, the afternoon present can be a shell of what it was once, too. There might not have been a single point out Tuesday on WFAN of the Knicks or the Rangers or their Winter Traditional win at Citi Subject day earlier than. That’s the fault of the hosts, who’re going to must work to endear themselves with their viewers; the extra Grey talks about her love of the Buffalo Payments and Scott brings up rising up in Detroit, it makes you notice how a lot work they’ve in entrance of them to get folks in New York to care about what they must say about something.
They’ve the unattainable process of not solely filling the footwear of a radio legend, additionally they should fill the air with one thing new and recent and magnetic that can maintain folks from leaving WFAN for ESPN Radio or satellite tv for pc and even Spotify whereas they drive or shut out the work day within the workplace.
For 30 years, both alongside Chris “Mad Canine” Russo or alone, Francesa was a relentless. For a lot of of these years, 1 p.m. was appointment listening on WFAN each day, particularly when there was a giant sports activities story brewing.
CMB has had precisely a type of days to this point while you simply needed to hear, and Tuesday was it. As a result of they’re new.
It stays to be seen if Carlin, Grey and Scott can proceed to provide listeners a motive to return again many times.