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Mike Francesa Makes WFAN Return Official

Entercom Sports 660 WFAN/101.9 WFAN-FM New York made the return of Mike Francesa official. Francesa will return to a shorter afternoon slot or 3-630pm on Tuesday, May 1, and will be accompanied by an app based platform that will include a live video stream of his show, archives from his career at WFAN, and be the exclusive home of his Sunday morning show during the football season. The partnership with CAA Sports will also include a variety of live events as well. Entercom, Mike Francesa and CAA Sports on Friday announced a partnership spanning broadcast radio, digital and live events. The partnership includes the debut of the “Mike’s On” radio show, featuring Mike Francesa, airing Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM, beginning Tuesday. The partnership...[Read More]

WFAN Officially Reveals New Morning & Afternoon Shows

CBS Radio (about to be Entercom) Sports 660 WFAN/101.9 WFAN-FM New York has set its replacements for retiring afternoon host Mike Francesa and morning co-host Craig Carton. Gregg Giannotti will assume the morning co-host spot next to Boomer Esiason. He joins WFAN from the adjacent studio of CBS Sports Radio where he was co-hosting mornings at CBS Sports Radio with Brian Jones. He began his career as an intern at WFAN in 2005 and later produced the midday show with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts. He then joined sister “93.7 The Fan” KDKA-FM Pittsburgh at its launch in February 2010 as night host and quickly rose to mornings six months later. He then moved to CBS Sports Radio in 2015. The trio of Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray will take over the afternoon slot from 2-630...[Read More]

WFAN/CBS Sports Radio Adds Legal Analyst

CBS Sports Radio and 660/101.9 WFAN New York has added Amy Dash as a legal analyst. Dash has previously worked for WCBS-TV and currently is an anchor for Law Newz Network and a correspondent for the syndicated “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen”, while contributing to multiple blogs. She will guest on WFAN and CBS Sports Radio network programming to discuss legal issues pertaining to sports. Emmy Award-winning Legal Correspondent Amy Dash will begin contributing to CBS Sports Radio and WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM and Sports Radio 66AM as a legal analyst. Amy will be a featured guest across the popular shows on CBS Sports Radio as well as The Fan to offer her expert legal opinion and analysis of news stories at the intersection of sports and the law. CBS Sports Radio and WFAN-F...[Read More]

Chris Carlin & Ike Reese To Host Afternoons At WIP

CBS Radio Sports 94.1 WIP Philadelphia will name Chris Carlin and Ike Reese as its new afternoon team. The New York Daily News reports that Carlin will join WIP from Sportsnet New York where he has served in multiple roles including co-hosting the network’s SportsNight highlights program, Loudmouths debate show, and previously pre and post-game shows for the network’s New York Mets coverage. He also has served as the radio play-by-play voice for Rutgers University football since 2004 and did basketball from 2008 until the end of last season. He also works part-time for SiriusXM and CBS’ 660/101.9 WFAN New York. Prior to joining SNY, Carlin worked at WFAN as producer for Mike & The Mad Dog, morning sportscaster on Imus In The Morning and Boomer & Carton, and as w...[Read More]

WTOP Reclaims #1 Biller Status For 2015

A year after being knocked off their perch by iHeartMedia CHR 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles, Hubbard News 103.5 WTOP Washington DC has reclaimed the spot as the nation’s top billing radio station in BIA/Kelsey’s annual report. WTOP and its suburban simulcasters had its revenue rise from $63.5 million in 2014 to $65 million in 2015 to regain the lead, while continuing to be the only station outside of the top three markets to appear in the top 10 list. WTOP has now been the top billing station for five out of the past six years. KIIS-FM’s slight drop from $65.9 million to $64.7 million placed it second, while iHeart CHR sister “Z100” WHTZ New York placed third at $48.4 million. Sports helped two of the biggest gainers as CBS’ WFAN New York rose from seventh t...[Read More]

Boomer & Carton Go National On TV

660/101.9 WFAN New York Morning Hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton will be seen nationally in 2014. Their 6-10am Eastern program will be simulcast on the CBS Sports cable network starting in January 2014. Boomer & Carton had been previously simulcast on MSG Network in the New York market until earlier this year. The CBS Sports Network is not the same as the CBS Sports Radio Network co-owned by CBS and Cumulus Media Networks. “TBD In The Morning” hosted by Tiki Barber, Dana Jacobsen, and Brandon Tierney will continue to be heard on the national radio network.

New York Mets Join Clear Channel’s 710 WOR

Update 11/4: Clear Channel and the New York Mets have made their five year contract official making 710 WOR the new flagship station for Mets broadcasts. Additional team content and promotions will air on Clear Channel’s five FM stations in the market as well as working together to enhance the music and entertainment during games at Citi Field and to promote concerts at the stadium. The New York Mets and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any radio or television outlet, today announced the launch of a five-year landmark multimedia marketing partnership. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s 50,000-watt AM powerhouse 710 WOR will become the flagship radio station of the Mets, broadcasting Spring Training,...[Read More]

CBS Adds National Concert Element To Local Sports Deal

CBS Radio and the Brooklyn Nets announced a wide-encompassing deal today between the two organizations. On the heels of CBS moving the New York Yankees broadcasts to 660/101.9 WFAN New York, the station has renewed its deal to remain flagship station of the Brooklyn Nets NBA franchise. As part of the deal the team will have a weekly Brooklyn Nets Report on WFAN’s midday show and expanded pre and postgame coverage. The deal will also see WFAN air select Boxing events and college and high school basketball events that take place at the Nets’ Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The most unique part of the deal will see CBS and the arena develop and program a live concert series that will be promoted nationally on CBS owned radio stations. The series will be co-produced by both entities a...[Read More]

New York Yankees To Move To WFAN

Update 9/11: WFAN and the Yankees have made it official. The Yankees will move to 660/101.9 WFAN beginning in 2014. No terms have been disclosed for the multi-year agreement that will see both frequencies carry all Yankees regular season and postseason games, Yankees pregame and postgame shows, and select spring training games. CBS will also acquire the Spanish language radio rights that will air on a station to be determined (though not necessarily a CBS owned station). The New York Daily News reports that the contract is for ten years and worth $15-$20 Million per season. The contract will also see WFAN air broadcasts of the Major League Soccer expansion team co-owned by the Yankees that will debut in 2015. INSTANT INSIGHT: Yankees Owner Hal Steinbrenner summed up the reason for the move...[Read More]

The Other Side Of Moving Brands From AM To FM

Last night I came across a Twitter discussion that shows some of the difficulties faced by AM brands that have made the move to FM over the past few years. Am I weird that I like the way the game sounds on AM better? — metspolice.com (@metspolice) April 30, 2013 The topic was in regards to New York Mets radio broadcasts which are in their first season being available on FM since the 1970’s in addition to their longtime home on 660 WFAN. Since the launch of the FM simulcast in November, WFAN has been attempting to move its audience to the new signal. Currently the station is running an “FM Means Free Money” contest. The responses to the original Twitter shared similar sentiments. @pedrobeatofc @metspolice Much warmer sound on AM. Sports on FM sounds like college radi...[Read More]

Mike Francesa Extends WFAN Contract

Longtime “Sports Radio 66 & 101.9” WFAN New York afternoon host Mike Francesa will remain with the station a little bit longer. Francesa, who has hosted the afternoon drive show on the station since 1989, has signed an extension with CBS Radio to remain in that spot for the foreseeable future. His existing contract was set to expire in February 2014. The deal was first reported on Twitter by John Ourand of Sports Business Journal. Newsday’s Neil Best adds that the contract runs until 2017 and pays $5 Million per year. As part of the deal his Sunday morning “NFL Now” program will be distributed nationally on CBS Sports Radio. Both programs are simulcast on television’s YES Network. Francesa is best known for his longtime partnership with Chris “...[Read More]

CBS Aquires 101.9 WRXP New York for WFAN

CBS Radio has announced it has purchased Alternative 101.9 WRXP New York from Merlin Media for $75 Million. Update 11/2: WFAN began its simulcast on 101.9 around 11:57pm as Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” gave way to Suzyn Waldman, the first voice to be heard on WFAN in 1987 kicked off the new format on FM. The final hour of New Rock 101.9 consisted of: MGMT – Kids AWOLNATION – Kill Your Heroes Linkin Park – Waiting For The End Dirty Heads W/ Rome – Lay Me Down Black Keys – Little Black Submarines Killers – Mr. Brightside Jack White – Freedom At 21 Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over Little Huricane – Haunted Heart Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark Pearl Jam – Last Kiss Beastie Boys...[Read More]

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