Mark Chernoff is back. Kind of.

The former WFAN program director retired a year ago. But Chernoff returned to the industry last month, joining “107.1 The Boss” WWZY Monmouth-Ocean, NJ as a morning sports anchor. By indoor radio:

Chernoff will file reports on the show “Robby & Rochelle” and will also serve as a backup host on the station, which is simulcast on WBHX Tuckerton, NJ (97.1). … “I can’t wait to get back to radio at 107.1 The Boss and be able to live in both the world of sports and rock,” added Chernoff. “A big thank you to Robby and Rochelle for inviting me into their world.”

News of Chernoff’s retirement broke a year ago in February. His resume leads like a who’s who of talk radio. Chernoff worked with Howard Stern at 92.3 K-Rock, then joined WFAN in the early 90s during the heyday of Mike Francesa and Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and the late Don Imus. Chernoff then paired Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton after Imus was fired for racist comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

Chernoff went on to play a central role in the post-Russo and post-Francesa eras at the station, and helped pave the way for Carton’s return to the station after his federal fraud conviction.

In May of last year, WFAN announced that Chernoff would be replaced by WIP’s Spike Eskin in Philadelphia. Eskin is the son of Philadelphia sportscaster Howard Eskin.

To honor his three decades of work, the station dedicated “The Mark Chernoff WFAN Newsroom” with a plaque that reads:Program Director 1993-2021. Influenced the sound of New York sports for four decades while nurturing the careers of many who have traveled this space. Dedicated June 30, 2021.”

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