Chris Carlin, one-third of the “Carlin, Maggie and Bart” show on Entercom sports “The Fan” WFAN-AM/FM New York (660/101.9), has been let go from the station. Carlin, along with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, was hired as the replacement for Mike Francesa in afternoons when the latter entered retirement at the end of 2017.
However, Francesa famously un-retired and returned to his usual afternoon spot in May 2018, bumping CMB to 1-3pm. The trio had success in their abbreviated daypart, but reportedly were still making salaries negotiated when they took on PM drive. Those contracts are set to expire at the end of 2019.
“I’m sad to say today [Wednesday] was my last day at WFAN,” Carlin posted to Twitter. “I want to thank CBS Radio and Entercom for giving me an incredible opportunity for the last 2 years.”
Sources tell the New York Post that Gray and Scott will continue as a duo and both are in the future plans for the station. It was Carlin, however, who was the radio veteran and served as the lead of the program. He came up through the ranks of WFAN, working as a producer for the former “Mike and The Mad Dog Show.” Prior to re-joining “The Fan,” Carlin was in afternoons at sports sister WIP-FM Philadelphia (94.1).
“I’m proud to count Bart and Maggie among my closest friends… I’ll always know we had a chance to do something special, but sometimes things just don’t work out the way you hope,” Carlin added. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished by finishing in the top 3 in four consecutive ratings books. I can’t wait to see them take the show to the next level and finish what we started.”
The Post previously reported that with Entercom’s purchase of Francesa’s “Mike’s On” app, the host could devote more time to the Radio.com platform and less time on air, with speculation that Gray and Scott could wind up back in afternoons as “The Fan” returns to a traditional three-show workday lineup. Post reporter Andrew Marchand believes Francesa was behind the dismissal of Carlin, saying the two had a falling out when Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo left WFAN for SiriusXM and Francesa felt that Carlin sided with Russo.