Joe Benigno

joe benigno Joe BenignoJoe, a.k.a. Joe from Saddle River, got his big break in radio in 1994, when he won WFAN’s Fan Appreciation Day contest and was awarded a guest host spot on the station. He parlayed his one-shot spot into an early evening host job at a small station in Elizabeth, New Jersey before being offered a full-time spot on the FAN.

Funniest On Air Experience:

The day Bernard McGuirk called me masquerading as a caller; Antoine in the Bronx. I tried cutting him off and was unable to do so.

Favorite Caller:

Lenny in Manhattan, even though he is a Cowboy and Celtic fan…two teams I despise. He is the most knowledgeable caller I have.

Best Moment On Air:

Doing my first Tomorrows Children/SIDS Radiothon back in March of 1996.

Biggest Moment in New York Sports Since the FAN Has Been on the Air:

The Rangers Stanley Cup in 1994.

Attributes the FAN’s Success To:

The fact that if you are a sports lifer like I am, there is nothing better than a 24-hour sports call-in station like WFAN. Obviously, the great Imus in the Morning program has made a tremendous impact, as have Mike Francesa and Chris Russo.

Benigno’s Best: Week 10 NFL Power Rankings And Awards

It’s no surprise that the Packers top Joe’s list — but only one New York team makes the Top 10. Also, check out Joe’s mid-season awards, featuring a surprise MVP.


Benigno’s Best: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings

The Giants continue to climb Joe’s list. But wait… “who dey” and “who dat” behind Big Blue?


Benigno’s Best: Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

It’s no surprise that the Packers top Joe’s list — but one New York team has re-emerged in the Top 10.


Benigno’s Best: Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

A Buffalo loss in Cincy brings the Bills back to Earth.


Benigno’s Best: Week 3 NFL Power Rankings

The Packers showed championship mettle coming back from 13-0 to Carolina Cams to pull out win, but face a big test this week in NFC championship game rematch in Chicago.


Benigno’s Best: Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

Every week during this NFL season Joe Benigno will rank and present his Top 10 teams. This is Week 1 of Benigno’s Best: NFL Power Rankings.