Chris Carlin, one of the hosts of “The Afternoon Drive With Carlin, Maggie and Bart” rejoined WFAN in December 2017 with nearly 20 years of experience in radio and television, most recently as the co-host of “Carlin & Reese” alongside Ike Reese on CBS Radio’s Sportsradio 94WIP in Philadelphia. He first broke into the business at WFAN, where he became the producer of the legendary “Mike & the Mad Dog” program, a role he held for seven years while gaining experience as an on-air host.
In 2004, Carlin transitioned to a permanent on-air role, as host of the daily morning preshow from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. at the FAN before joining “Imus in the Morning” as the show’s sportscaster in 2005. In 2007, he joined the “Boomer & Carton” morning program in a similar role, while hosting “The Morning Warmup.”
In March 2008, Sportsnet New York launched “Loudmouths,” a New York sports debate show featuring Carlin and co-host Adam Schein. At the end of 2008, Carlin left WFAN and joined SNY full-time, where in addition to “Loudmouths,” he hosted the Mets pregame and postgame shows for five years alongside former Mets pitcher Bob Ojeda. In 2013, Carlin left the network’s Mets coverage to host “Geico Sportsnite,” a nightly sports highlight show.
Carlin also has served as the play-by-play announcer for Rutgers University football and previously called Rutgers basketball games. He joined the football coverage in 2001, first as a sideline reporter, where he worked with Phillies play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy along with future Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti. When McCarthy departed in 2004, Rutgers named Carlin his successor. In 2008, he added men’s basketball to his duties, which he called for eight seasons prior to joining WIP in 2016.
“I went to Philly last year with the thought that I was going to do this for 20 years down there,” Carlin said after being hired to do “The Afternoon Drive.” “I was completely thrown off by it. I learned a lot. That was incredible experience and such an underrated town, but this is the only thing I’d ever leave there for. I can’t believe. I used to drive around delivering for Hassler’s pharmacy in New Jersey listening to ‘Mike & the Mad Dog’ and now I get a chance to be in that slot.”