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).