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Joe Benigno is officially retiring from WFAN

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By Andrew Marchand

October 27, 2020 | 7:51pm

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The dream run from caller to drive-time host will come to an end for Joe Benigno on Wednesday when he officially announces his retirement, paving the way for Craig Carton’s return to WFAN to team with Evan Roberts.

FAN previewed that there will be an announcement during the 5 p.m. hour of Wednesday afternoon’s program. Sources told The Post that the news will be Benigno calling it a career.

In recent years, Benigno, 67, has talked repeatedly about putting down his headphones and moving to Florida.

During his best performances, Benigno’s passion, that began as a caller, “Joe from Saddle River,” has always been his calling card. For years, on overnights, his opening rants on a Jets or Mets loss were classic.

He and Roberts had a lot of success in middays, though, their short run in afternoons was not a strong one in part due to the pandemic and because of the popularity of “The Michael Kay Show.”

To combat that, WFAN is bringing back Carton to team with Roberts. Carton was last on the FAN three years ago. He served a year in a federal prison after misallocating loans to pay off gambling debts.

Carton is expected to join the station soon, as Benigno’s exit will become official on Wednesday.

https://nypost.com/2020/10/27/joe-benigno-is-retiring-from-wfan-amid-craig-carton-return/

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Gase got rid of Macc, brought in Joey D, ended Benigno, revoked Mehta’s credentials, ended the deluded dream of Darnold as the savior and has us on the fast trek to Trevor Lawrence all within a span of 18 months...

RIP sweet prince 

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4 minutes ago, Bless you....Thank you said:

2020........

actually have a wfan t shirt he signed for me at a promo at Umbertoooooos Clam House

Sad...

For you and that useless, whiny vagina whose opinions I can hear echoed by every fan on this very board during every given gameday thread.

The wicked, salty bitch witch is finally dead.

Praise be to him

Hallelujah 

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39 minutes ago, Bless you....Thank you said:

2020........

actually have a wfan t shirt he signed for me at a promo at Umbertoooooos Clam House

This would be a hot item on eBay now

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“CROSS ME? SAY HELLO TO MANISH, BITCH!”

SAR I

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Heard he was pissed that WFAN wouldn't pay to fix his teeth 

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11 minutes ago, yvj said:

When does his podcast start?

Soon as he gets his app

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Radio was good about a decade ago maybe more, it was nice to hear Benigno even talk about the Jets.

I remember being in the work truck flipping through the station's back and forth and there was some good talk radio back then.

He's a salty old man now and he barely even knows who's on the team or how they got there.

That being said, I listened to him for quite a few years and he put in his time so good luck Joe.. enjoy your golfing and your wife Terry!

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I might be “retiring” from listening to WFAN.  Always enjoyed Joe B, even though he hasn’t been as good in recent years.  

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6 hours ago, Bronxville Jets Fan said:

Going to miss him.  Hopefully he will call in to discuss the Jets.

Knowing Joe he absolutely will be calling into various WFAN shows and often to scream about the jets

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3 hours ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

I might be “retiring” from listening to WFAN.  Always enjoyed Joe B, even though he hasn’t been as good in recent years.  

I’m done with WFAN.  Unless if it’s a yankees broadcast

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5 hours ago, yvj said:

When does his podcast start?

Not his style.  He likes having listeners

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Joe in Saddle River. Used to stay up listening to his overnights back in the day. He became old and cranky and obviously didn’t keep up to speed with sports, but he was always an enjoyable listen with the Jets, especially when he first got going. 

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Most folks on the site don't know that "Max" is really Joe Benigno.  Sorry if I've said too much and ruined the ruse.

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11 hours ago, Bless you....Thank you said:

2020........

actually have a wfan t shirt he signed for me at a promo at Umbertoooooos Clam House

Haha I remember him advertising that. 

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5 hours ago, Philc1 said:

Knowing Joe he absolutely will be calling into various WFAN shows and often to scream about the jets

I don’t think he will but I guess we’ll see.  He promised he’d call Evan if the Jets ever win a Super Bowl (Prob Mets and Knicks as well. Not sure about the Rangers). Other than that though, I don’t think we’ll hear from him again after today. 

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I remember “Joe from Saddle River” when he used to call Art Rust Jr’s show on WABC in the early to mid 1980’s. I give him a ton credit for what he accomplished. Though I didn’t always agree with him, I am going to miss him.

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1 minute ago, section314 said:

Didn’t WFAN try to poach Bart from ESPN instead of having to resort to Carton? 

They have botched everything horribly since Mike’s first retirement in 2017

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9 minutes ago, section314 said:

Didn’t WFAN try to poach Bart from ESPN instead of having to resort to Carton? 

ESPN is the one who poached Bart from WFAN, because ESPN gigs come with more media appearances.

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A true legend. WFAN won't be the same without him.

BTW I thought he said he wanted to do one more overnight before he retired, I guess that isn't happening.

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7 minutes ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

A true legend. WFAN won't be the same without him.

BTW I thought he said he wanted to do one more overnight before he retired, I guess that isn't happening.

He may announce that he's gonna do an overnight today. 

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