WFAN’s “Fantasy Phenom Challenge” finals were held on Friday at Bar A, in Lake Como, New Jersey. Five finalists vied for the Grand Prize of a chance to host a once a week air shift on WFAN for one year.
The “Fantasy Phenom” finalists are all local to the New York Metropolitan area and were chosen from over 2,000 fans and loyal listeners who showed up at the auditions. Tryouts were held at area malls this July, as well as at local Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurants throughout New York and New Jersey. The opening round of candidates were narrowed down to 50 semi-finalists and eventually to the five finalists. The semi-finals were also held at area Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurants.
WFAN wants to thank the thousands of listeners and potential broadcasters who participated in our “Fantasy Phenom Challenge“.
Voting for the “Fantasy Phenom” is now closed. Our grand prize winner will be announced by Mike Francesa at 5 p.m. today.
Here are the five finalists:
1. Otis Harper, Roselle, New Jersey
2. John Shea, Wantagh, New York
3. Patrick Creighton, Bethpage, New York
4. Gregg Sussman, Manalapan, New Jersey
5. Al Renauto, White Plains, New York
“It’s been quite an exciting summer as we’ve heard from so many people who are looking to be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity to host a weekly radio show on New York’s pre-eminent sports station, WFAN,” says Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO New York and WFAN Operations Manager Mark Chernoff.
“We’ve seen a lot of talent in the New York area and hope that everyone who participated enjoyed the experience, and also found that it’s not as easy as it might seem to be a sports talk show host. Our own Joe Benigno began his radio journey through a WFAN contest back in 1995 and we’re excited at the prospect of finding another star in the making. We thank Buffalo Wild Wings and all of our sponsors for their participation in the WFAN Fantasy Phenom challenge.”