Audio: 66 WFAN Starts On 101.9 FM

This aircheck consists of the end of the alternative music format on WRXP (“New Rock 101.9”) – the final song being Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” – and the start of the simulcast of Sports Radio 66 WFAN, via a CBS Radio local marketing agreement with Merlin Media.

Trivia: The first voice heard on WFAN on FM was… Steve Somers, at three minutes to midnight, bringing Suzyn Waldman on the phone, so that she can be the first official voice of the station on the FM dial. “Didn’t we do this once before?”, she joked. After a drumroll, she gave the first ID of the simulcasting stations (the legal ID would follow later). Afterward, Somers asked Waldman, the color commentator of New York Yankees radio broadcasts: “I haven’t heard you on the radio since October; I wonder what happened.” Waldman says that she, like many others in Westchester, have no power as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which the two went on to talk about for a few minutes. So the first topic discussed on the new 101.9 FM WFAN was – not the Yankees, not the Giants, but Hurricane Sandy – which forced the postponement of what would have been the first-ever game played by the Nets in Brooklyn. It does not, however, appear to deter the running of the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Waldman called the thought of people “celebrating… with little numbers on your chest” during the race “appalling.” By the way, “Mo from Brooklyn” was the first WFAN caller in frequency modulation. (As you’ll hear, two out of the first five calls taken on FM are dropped calls.) And toward the end, you’ll hear the first new WFAN jingle.

More trivia: The songs preceding “Last Goodbye” on the old format were Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”, Semisonic’s “Closing Time” and the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” (which may have been a good song to enter the new format with, had the Nets won their home opener – had it been played on Thursday night).

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One comment on “Audio: 66 WFAN Starts On 101.9 FM

  1. Larry S says:

    I thought the format change from WRXP to WFAN-FM was poorly handled.

    First, the flip was supposed to take place at 12:01 AM on Nov. 2. It occured earlier at approximately 11:58 give or take a few seconds.

    Second, unless I missed it and if I did I stand corrected, it seemed that WRXP didn’t bother to thank the audience for listening and announce that the change to the Fan was coming. This is pretty poor in my opinion.

    WBBR the station owned by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, does not have many listeners. I think if the Mayor decided to either sell or change the station’s programming, he would inform the audience and say good-by. This wasn’t the intention of WRXP or the former owners.

    I realize that they did not have a staff but this could have been done. After all they had a female voice programmed into the automation to announce the title and artist of some songs.

    I don’t care if you have millions of listeners or a couple of hundred. The listeners should have been treated better.

    Although I am less of a sports fan than I was when I was a kid, I wish CBS Radio and the Fan success on 101.9 FM.

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