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Craig Carton was ‘a cancer’ on New Jersey 101.5 — Jim Gearhart

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Longtime New Jersey 101.5 morning host Jim Gearhart had a “singular relationship” with former New Jersey 101.5 host Craig Carton, recently arrested on federal fraud charges.

“Singular” is a kind word. Jim’s not foul-mouthed enough to use the words he’d really like to.

Jim couldn’t have been happier the day in 2007 that Judi Franco told him Carton was leaving. “This guy is a cancer on the radio station,” Jim recalls thinking in the latest installment of the Jim Gearhart Show podcast, available here as well on iTunes and Google Play.

When Jim was on New Jersey 101.5’s air, most days, he left by noon. Carton wasn’t in until the afternoon. The two men just about never had direct interaction.

But “for some reason he singled me out for just a blind hatred. He would get on the air and insult me every day,” Jim says.

He remembers Carton making up a story about Jim insulting women with breast cancer: “Nothing like that ever came close to happening.”

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He remembers Carton going around yelling that he had the highest ratings in radio — when Jim’s own morning show was doing better. So were current afternoon hosts Deminski and Doyle, then on another station.

Jim remembers Carton having an outsized sense of his own importance. He remembers Carton driving Franco to tears “over his harassment.” He remembers Carton screaming at brand manager Eric Johnson, “treating him as if he was a dog” because the station had the gall to promote some of its other hosts.

Jim says it took him a long time to get over his anger at Carton. News of Carton’s arrest has all those feelings bubbling back up.

“There’s a little angel on my shoulder saying. ‘Let it go,'” Jim says.

There’s a devil on the other side hoping they bury the guy below the jail.

That’s it’s just part of what Jim takes on in the latest installment of his podcast. Check out the full episode below to hear the rest. Email Jim at

The Jim Gearhart Podcast is available every week on New Jersey 101.5 and in the New Jersey 101.5 app. You can also subscribe with your favorite podcasting app for iPhones, Android devices or your computer:

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Love podcasts? Also check out Forever 39, Annette and Megan’s new podcast about turning 40 — and loving life along the way. This week, they wonder: Is there any hope for dating after 40?

Also: The New ‘Jersey’ Guys, Chris and Dan, wonder what’s next as the MLB trading season winds down with some big names in play. In Speaking Millennial, Bill, Jay and Jessica take on Snooki, Ann Coulter and Yoga.

— Townsquare Media staff

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