WFAN names Fantasy Phenom finalists


Sports Radio 66, WFAN’s “Fantasy Phenom Challenge” has narrowed its field to five finalists who will vie for the Grand Prize of a chance to host a once a week air shift on WFAN for one year.  The finals of the first annual “Fantasy Phenom Challenge” will take place on Friday, August 27, at Bar A, Lake Como, New Jersey.  The event will be broadcast live on the Mike Francesa program between 1:00-6:30 pm, on-air, streaming online at, through mobile devices and simulcast on the YES television network.  WFAN listeners are invited to Bar A to attend the event and watch the competition live.

The five “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., Auditions 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.

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.”