Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Spotlight on WFAN

I have listened to WFAN very irregularly over the years.  Let me briefly trace its history. It is not my intention to discuss the many personalities that have appeared there over the years.  Only July 1, 1987 WHN, a country station at 1050 AM went off the air and became WFAN, America's first all sports station.  It has carried ply by play of the Mets and several other New York/New Jersey sports teams for 21 years.  Risks must be taken in any business including radio.  I think it is safe to say that this risk paid off since WFAN is the number one billing station in New York.  I think every major radio market in the USA has at least one full-time sports station.  In October 1988 WFAN moved to 660 AM on the dial when WNBC went off the air.  The 660 dial position has a much better signal.  I usually listen to WFAN for only 20-30 minutes at a time since after a while the conversations become repetitious.  There are many regular callers such as Bruce in Bayside and Bruce in Flushing (not me!).  The Met games have appeared on WFAN since its inception.  The contract is up at the end of this season and there are rumors that the Mets will move to another station.  Hopefully they will stay at WFAN.

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