Back in 1987 when Emmis launched WFAN everyone questioned whether an all-Sports format would work on the radio. Today, CBS owns WFAN in New York City and it’s the gold standard when it comes to Sports Talk stations. In honor of 30 years on the air, WFAN will celebrate this Thursday with a special day of live broadcasts from Vanderbilt Hall inside Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The day will include many of the station’s celebrated on-air personalities.
WFAN Operations Manager and CBS Radio VP of Sports Programming Mark Chernoff said, “We are proud to be a part of the fabric of New York sports. WFAN has wonderful, appreciative, and engaged listeners who are the backbone of the station, as well as leading talent, that together allow WFAN to achieve groundbreaking success and have helped the station become an institution in the Big Apple. It is no coincidence that the station is nicknamed ‘The Fan,’ acting as a mouthpiece for die-hard sports enthusiasts.”
The day begins with a special broadcast of Boomer & Carton from 6 to 10 a.m. with the show also being simulcast on CBS Sports Network; Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts host from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Mike Francesa and ‘Mike’s On’ will take over from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Special guests, including past and present WFAN hosts and sports anchors, will appear throughout the day on the various shows, including representatives from many of New York’s pro sports teams. WFAN hosts will be signing autographs in designated areas of Vanderbilt Hall and station giveaways will be distributed throughout the day on-site and on-air.