WRITTEN BY JUSTIN WORSLEY
Radio personality Evan Roberts was able to accomplish his dream at an early age.
Roberts, 28, currently co-hosts “Joe and Evan in the Midday” on WFAN with Joe Beningo. Though he is young, Roberts, however, is not new to the radio business.
The Long Island native got his big break at age 10, when he did sports updates during WFAN’s morning show “Imus in the Morning.”
“I always loved the Fan [WFAN] and sports radio,” said Roberts in a phone interview. “As a kid, I imitated [former WFAN radio personality Don] Imus and other announcers.”
As Robert grew older, he continued to make an impression in the radio community, hosting a number of shows, including a late-night gig on WFAN before being promoted to his current show in 2007.
“I can’t imagine working in any other city,” said Roberts. “New York is the best sports town because we support the most teams. When you go to Pittsburgh, everyone is a Steelers or Penguins fan but in New York they are split.”
WFAN also struck lightning in a bottle with Beningo and Roberts as the two broadcasters developed chemistry almost immediately on the radio, something that Roberts credits to the two of them both being fans of the New York Jets and Mets.
“It helped us at first since it gave us a common bond,” said Roberts. “The Mets are my number one team and the Jets are Beningo’s. I have never seen the Mets win the World Series, and Joe last saw the Jets win the Super Bowl 43 years ago.”
Though the two may have similar interests on the football field and on the baseball diamond, they differ in the other two major sports. While Roberts is a fan of the New Jersey Nets and the New York Islanders, Beningo prefers the New York Knicks and Rangers.
Roberts also hopes the Nets, who move to Brooklyn next season, will have a change of fortune along with the move, but he knows that changes need to be made.
“I think if they added Dwight Howard or someone, their identity changes,” said Roberts. “If they come here without any stars and are a lousy team, they will be the same old Nets.”
On the midday show, Roberts has had the opportunity to interview several athletes, including weekly interviews with New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle. Last season, Roberts also interviewed former Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery.
“Rolle can say anything on any given week,” said Roberts. “I never know what [Rolle’s] going to say and he can get angry at times.”
While Roberts may interview a variety of athletes on a weekly period, there is one person who’s brain he would love to pick.
“A guy I would love to speak to is [former Nets forward] Jayson Williams,” said Roberts. “When I was a kid, I loved the guy, I thought he was a great player and a great rebounder.”
His talent on the court, however, is not the only reason why Roberts would like to interview him. In 2010, Williams pled guilty to an assault charge stemming from the death of his limousine driver in 2002. Williams is currently serving a six-year sentence.
“He had major issues in his life,” said Roberts. “The shooting, the cover-up, the fallout and him being in prison. I think it would be fascinating.”
Beningo and Roberts airs every weekday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 660 AM in New York.