Loudmouth

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

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From one of radio's former 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 hosted 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.

Photograph © Michael Cogliantry

Craig Carton is the former cohost of the Boomer and Carton radio show on Sports Radio 660 WFAN and the former host of "MMA Uncensored Live" on Spike. He has hosted shows at WGR Radio in Buffalo, WWWE in Cleveland, 610-WIP in Philadelphia, KKFN and KBPI in Denver, New Jersey 101.5 in New Jersey, and WNEW in New York City.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 4, 2013)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781451645743

"After working with Craigy for six years, I have seen all 50 shades of him. It is my job to not only keep him in line on the air, but to also keep us from killing each other. And it is one of the best jobs I have ever had. So now, I welcome you to the 50 Shades of Craig Carton."

– Boomer Esiason, The Boomer and Carton Show

“I listen to this guy every morning. Why I want more of him and in book form… I don’t know. But I do. Hilarious.”

– Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

"Craig Carton is funny, insightful, tough and a great family man and friend. You are going to love him even more after you read this book!"

– Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey

“[Carton] is a veritable and imposing encyclopedia of sports arcana.”

– Hunter Atkins, Men's Journal

"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."

– Publishers Weekly

It’s been said that someone in Craig’s business needs to have “POKE” – meaning they must have “Personality, Opinion, Knowledge and provide Entertainment.” Well, Carton’s got all that – and then some...a very funny read – full of juicy stories and view-points."

– WasWatching.com

"Loudmouth delves deep into what drives a 'fucked up kid' like Craig Carton to eventually strive to be number one in radio....CC let's it all hang out... [Loudmouth] surely will be a bestseller."

– Bob'sBlitz.com