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WFAN New York Continues 25th Anniversary Celebration

Fun Facts About Sports Radio 66


Sports Radio 66 WFAN

Sports Radio 66 WFAN

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WFAN-AM signed on the air at 3:00 p.m. on July 1, 1987. This July the station has been celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a sports-formatted radio station. Initially serving the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and southern Connecticut it now streams across the Internet as so many other traditional radio stations and is heard worldwide by fans.

To commemorate the 25th year milestone, WFAN in New York is celebrating this during the summer of 2012 with special programming and highlights.

In honor of the station's 25th year, it has released a list of "fun facts" about the station's history and personalities.

  • • Suzyn Waldman, the first voice heard on WFAN in 1987, still works for CBS RADIO New York, as Yankees announcer for sister station WCBS 880

  • • Morning show co-host Craig Carton interned for WFAN in 1988

  • Morning show co-host Boomer Esiason was a frequent guest on WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog program

  • Midday co-host Evan Roberts got his start in radio broadcasting doing updates on WFAN at the age of 10

  • Midday co-host Joe Benigno was a frequent caller to the station prior to being on-air and initially won a fan contest in 1994 to guest host a show on WFAN

  • Afternoon host Mike Francesa worked for CBS Sports prior to joining WFAN

  • Evening show host Steve Somers has been with WFAN in different timeslots since its launch in 1987 and John Minko and Ed Coleman were also part of the original on-air staff at the station

  • Lead Mets announcer and WFAN’s original 7:00PM - 12:00AM host, Howie Rose's daughter Alyssa Rose is an actress who has appeared on the soap opera “One Life to Live”

  • Boomer and Carton have twice appeared as guest judges on "Iron Chef"

  • WFAN was originally heard at 1050AM before moving to 660AM on the dial

  • WFAN’s original morning show was hosted by Greg Gumbel, who still works for CBS

  • CBS 2 Sports Anchor Otis Livingston also anchors WFAN’s 11:00PM weeknight sportscast and CBS 2 Sports Anchor Lisa Kenney anchors the 5:40AM sports update

  • Boomer has hosted the "Miss America Pageant," in addition to co-hosting a weekly WFAN football show called “In the Huddle” along with former host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo

  • Long Island native Jerry Seinfeld is a staunch supporter and friend of Steve Somers and WFAN…and they met in the cereal aisle of a bodega

  • Until 2009, WFAN broadcast from the basement of the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, home to classic television shows and movies such as Sesame Street, Hair and The Wiz

  • Steve Somers won a San Francisco Press Club Award for his work at KPIX-TV

  • Producer Dov Kramer, who’s been with the station since 1987 is an ordained Rabbi

  • Roberts was in the film Private Parts starring Howard Stern

  • Francesa can be heard on the radio in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite

  • Boomer had a cameo in the 2007 film The Game Plan starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

  • Steve Somers appeared as a reporter in the horror film The Visitor

  • Francesa is the proud father of fraternal twins, as well as a son

  • WFAN is simulcast via the HD band in several Florida cities, as well as Washington, D.C..

  • Boomer has written two children’s books

  • Carton has walked the Brooklyn Bridge in a Speedo...twice

The WFAN website offers a listen stream, sports blogs, sports news, WFAN audio, more information on its personalities and ways to interact with the radio station.

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