Wasr 10/63 patch numbers to navigation Jump to search This article is about the current New York sports radio station. This article possibly contains original research. 660 AM, also known as Sports Radio 66 and 101.
New York City and is owned and operated by Entercom. As a result of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement of 1941, WEAF became a clear-channel station and could be heard across most of the eastern half of North America at night. WEAF’s call letters were changed to WNBC in 1946, then to WRCA in 1954, and back to WNBC in 1960. During the 1960s, WNBC relied less on network programming and adopted a talk format, followed by a switch to a MOR music sound. The WFAN call sign was suggested by the wife of “The Fan’s” first program director, John Chanin. In early 1988 General Electric, which now owned NBC through its purchase of RCA two years earlier, announced that it would close NBC’s radio division and sell its owned-and-operated stations.
In February of that year GE made a multi-station deal with Emmis and, in New York City the WNBC license for 660 was included in the sale. On October 7, 1988 at 5:30 p. In the complicated switch that saw WFAN move to the 660 frequency, the 1050 frequency that was formerly the home of WFAN became that of Spanish-language WUKQ, owned by Spanish Broadcasting System. As it had before when it took over the frequency formerly belonging to WHN, WFAN inherited broadcast rights from WNBC as WFAN to this day operates under WNBC’s original license. The switch to 660 AM added the New York Knicks and New York Rangers to their lineup along with the Mets, who moved down the dial with the station. As Don Imus had already been the morning show host at WNBC, WFAN left his program in place when they took over the frequency.
These updates, called 20-20 Sports Flashes, are now considered an industry standard. Other programming that WFAN had at its launch included a mid-morning show with Ed Coleman and Mike Francesa, and an afternoon drive time show with Pete Franklin, who in Cleveland had become one of the first polarizing, outrageous talk show hosts. I’m not here to offend you, dammit! In a further drive to boost ratings, Imus instigated a feud with Franklin, much as he had with Howard Stern at WNBC in the mid-1980s. Both Imus and Franklin took shots at each other during their shows, Franklin calling Imus “Minus” and Imus recording parodies of radio commercials where he bashed Franklin as a “dinosaur”, among other things. Ratings did not increase, and Franklin left WFAN in August 1989. The combined success of Mike and the Mad Dog and Imus in the Morning helped WFAN become the number-one billing station in America during the 1990s.
It also proved that the all-sports format worked as a radio format, prompting the explosion of sports talk radio across the country. On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Philadelphia-based Entercom. The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated eight days later. WFAN’s current line-up includes, Boomer and Gio, co-hosted by former National Football League quarterback Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti. On Monday nights during the NFL season, an NFL-based program serves as the lead in to Monday Night Football. In 2017, these broadcasts were hosted by Kim Jones and Carl Banks from Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York.