SBD/May 2, 2013/Media

Source: WFAN To Drop Local Format On AM Signal In Favor Of National CBS Feed

WFAN-AM execs have "decided to put upstart CBS Sports Radio on 660 in January," according to a source cited by Jerry Barmash of N.Y.-area media blog TUNED IN. There has reportedly been an "internal struggle between ‘FAN execs and the network honchos regarding what to do with WFAN," which since November simulcasts on 101.9 FM. A source "cautions the switch is tentative." The source said that "removing WFAN from its popular AM spot is a no-brainer, but everyone needs to tread lightly." The source said, "No one at the corporate level is stupid -- WFAN is the voice of sports in New York City and you don’t want to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. But there is a place for an alternative voice.” Barmash reported WFAN's Mike Francesa was "apparently one of the lead voices in opposition to WFAN no longer living on AM." Long Island-based media specialist James Piccoli said that the "idea of trying to bring ball clubs on board at WFAN-AM ... is hardly the best selling point." Piccoli: "CBS Radio is in discussions with the Mets (WFAN) and Yankees (WCBS) to keep their radio rights and not lose them to ESPN NY. If the games are not broadcast over clear signal 50,000 watts, WFAN becomes less attractive.” Both teams’ radio contracts "expire after this season" (NEWYORKMEDIA.WORDPRESS.com, 5/1).
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