A final goodbye to ‘Schmoozer’ as Steve Somers hosts his final hour on the WFAN

“That’s enough already!” said Steve Somers on Monday as he averted one last attempt at praise. “After 34 years, this guy’s enough. Out with the old, in with the new!”

Well, that has been part of the point for the last two years, as WFAN has undergone a generational change, with most of the station’s remaining originals from the late 1980s abandoned.

But as Somers’ farewell time-plus illustrated, this process can be emotionally charged given the bonds many longtime employees have with each other, and more importantly with the listeners.

That was just as true with Somers, 74, as anyone else, given his unique style and empathetic approach, especially in the small hours that were his specialty.

Longtime fan Jerry Seinfeld opened the farewell show’s call by thanking Somers on behalf of “all sports fans who enjoy your rhythms, your humor, and I especially want to say your kindness and humanity. You always try to be decent in your shows, and I always thought , it was very refreshing. “

Somers’ last full show was Friday night, but the WFAN gave him an extra hour to say goodbye from Monday at 7 p.m. 13:00, which bled into the first 20 minutes of “Carton and Roberts.”

Those who participated in the finals included Seinfeld, former Yankee Bernie Williams and WFAN driver past and present, including Mike Francesa, Mark Chernoff, John Minko, “The” Eddie Scozzare, Rich Ackerman, Steve Levy and Paul Arzooman – who worked with Somers on his elaborate sound creations.

Francesa praised the “incredible impact” Somers had on the station. He called Somers as much a part of the WFAN “as anyone who’s ever stepped in the door.”

Afterwards, Somers joked: “I’m surprised Mike did not refer to me as a ‘compiler’ for 34 years.”

Minko said Somers’ influence was “immeasurable.”

“The attention has been overwhelming, certainly surreal,” Somers said of recent weeks’ huge support. “You can also make the argument over the top.

“But by this: So much, absolutely, appreciated. For those I did not get to sleep late at night, heart goes and thank you. With love and lots of respect, always, I will never forget you for making the last 34 years the happiest in my life. “

Seinfeld called in from Hollywood, where he said he was making a movie about the invention of Pop-Tarts. Somers got Seinfeld to comment on his beloved Mets:

“You must give [owner] Steve Cohen a chance. I’ve met him, I like him, I think he’s very clever. I think he’s motivated, but this is a new world for him, so you have to give him a chance. “

Scozzare made a wise layer about Somers now joining the “involuntary retirement club for FAN” with Minko and Chernoff. Somers had hoped to continue working, but not on the night shift he was offered.

Eventually, Somers decided that the tribute stone had started to sound too much like a tribute. He tried to give the baton to Craig Carton, but Carton insisted that he say goodbye alone in the studio one last time.

Somers thanked his listeners, wished them “the best of everything” and encouraged them to continue “listening to the best talk radio station in New York City and in America.”

So, as he did early Saturday, he ended it with Vera Lynn’s classic recording of “We’ll Meet Again.”


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