Talkin’ Baseball

Quick, name as many songs as you can about baseball.  You have ten seconds.  Time’s up!  How many did you come up with?  If you have a copy of the CD Baseball’s Greatest Hits, you could probably rattle off a couple dozen (and that’s without including “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”).

Songs about baseball are about as old as baseball itself, and there are new songs being written about baseball today.  The Baseball Project is a band that’s been around since the mid-2000s.  You might have heard of some of its members: Peter Buck, Mike Mills (both formerly R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (formerly Dream Syndicate) and Linda Pitmon.  They’ve just released their third CD with songs about baseball.  A few days ago, I heard the song “They Played Baseball” and dug it.  It’s hard to go wrong with lyrics like “John Rocker was a dumbass” and its Dylan-esque vibe.

I should probably remind you that it’s time to adjust your radios to hear your favorite team play.  Yankees fans can hear the games on 660 AM or 101.9 FM WFAN.  Mets fans will need to tune into 710 AM WOR.

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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.

What the heck is WFAN up to?

It would appear that something might be going on:

A report is swirling today that the upstart network is about get its much needed New York home–at the venerable 660 AM. That would mean, according to the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman, WFAN would no longer be a simulcast, just the 101.9 FM signal.

It’s been speculated that 660 AM could be the full-time CBS Sports Radio affiliate as soon as Monday, February 4th.  That’s a bit too soon.  They’ve only been on 101.9 FM since October.  I don’t think that’s enough time for the audience to migrate from AM to FM.  Radio is habitual, and many listeners are (still) in the habit of punching up 660 AM for their sports fix.  Maybe they should wait until baseball season starts.  WFAN is a big moneymaker for CBS, and they can’t afford to risk losing their audience.

Speaking of Sports

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CBS Logo Light (Photo credit: watchwithkristin)

Now that 2013 has finally arrived, you might be wondering where you can hear the new CBS Sports Radio.  The affiliate list includes WFAN (660 AM, 101.9 FM), but The Fan isn’t carrying the full network.  It’s been reported that the full network can be heard on WCBS-FM 101.1 HD3.

HD3?  Really?  I understand that CBS doesn’t want to compete with itself by putting CBS Sports Radio on a powerful AM or FM, but putting it on HD3 is kind of like putting the network in a closet.  Perhaps after the WFAN listeners have been “converted” from AM to FM, the network will pop up on 660.

In the meantime, we’re still wondering what’s going to happen on 94.7 FM

Picking Up The Pieces

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You’ll need a device like this to listen to newrock1019.com (Radio Icon in iPod – Photo credit: Zacky Ma)

These past few weeks have been interesting, to say the least.  We’ve been hit with a hurricane, early snowfall, not to mention island wide power outages and never-ending gas lines.  Today, the gas lines are almost nonexistent, and power has been restored to most of the Island, but we’re still in recovery mode.

Back on November 2, WFAN took over the 101.9 FM frequency.  This ended the alternative rock format… at least on terrestrial radio.  WRXP is now available as an online-only station.  So, if 101.9 was planning on going to go online-only, why were they playing ads for 94.3 The Shark?  I’ll admit to tuning into The Shark once in a while, but it’s not the same as RXP online stream.  Plus I can’t get the stream in my car, anyway.

Meanwhile, we’re all waiting to see what 94.7 WFME will turn into at the end of the year…