WFAN to be FM only?

New York Mets radio team Wayne Hagen and Howie...
New York Mets radio team Wayne Hagen and Howie Rose on WFAN-AM (Photo credit: Marianne O’Leary)

I had to stop watching this cat video to tell you about WFAN.  It looks like WFAN just might disappear from 660 AM in 2014:

WFAN has become a sports radio institution since moving to 50,000 watt clear channel 660 on the AM dial in 1988. Tuned In has learned exclusively that station brass have decided to put upstart CBS Sports Radio on 660 in January. A person close to the situation cautions the switch is tentative.

While this is not a new rumor, it seems to be getting closer to reality.  It’s bad news for anyone who can’t pick up 101.9 FM easily at home or in their car, especially those in remote sections of New Jersey, Long Island, or the Hudson Valley.

There’s another issue of listeners preferring the sound of baseball games on AM over FM.  It may be because that’s what they’re used to, and for the last several decades the tri-state area knows that Mets and Yankees games are carried on AM radio.  I still remember when the Yankees were on WABC radio, and the Mets were on the old WHN (1050 AM).  The same WHN that played Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton records would stop the music to broadcast the ball game.

We’ll see what happens in January, but it looks like WFAN’s days on AM are numbered.


Author: Chuck

I started out as a child, then things kind of grew from there.  I spend way too much time around computers and radios, but I do like to take a break once in a while.  I'm not a real doctor, but I played one on the radio in college. A bit later on, I wrote an article that was published in COMPUTE!'s Gazette (Commodore 64/128 magazine). I also think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

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