Coming off its silver anniversary celebration, WFAN, the most powerful all-sports station in America, may be positioning itself for a dramatic dial switch to FM.
Several factors are at play for WFAN to make that leap of frequency: First and foremost is last month’s announcement that CBS Sports Radio is being created. Original 24-hour programming will air on stations throughout the country starting in January. But as early as September, CBS Sports Radio will provide updates to affiliated stations.
One of those stations poised to take some of the network content is WFAN.
So, if CBS Sports Radio shows up on AM 660, where would WFAN go? Quite possibly, FM 102.7. Yes, that 102.7, the station that simulcast 1130 WNEW-AM back in the day, the place where rock lived, where Opie & Anthony talked, the station that Blinked, Mixed, then finally got Fresh (for a less abbreviated version of this same history, see Wikipedia). If WFAN goes there, it would be the second time 102.7 hung up the music for talk. CBS Radio has also tried FM talk on 92.3, after Howard Stern ascended to satellite radio. CBS couldn’t make talk work on FM back then, but now that ESPN has popped up on 98.7, it just might work this time.
Yankees and Mets games on FM next year? As they say, stay tuned…