‘The FAN’ Turns 20

It’s been 20 years since the first all-sports U.S. radio station went on the air.
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It’s been 20 years since the first all-sports U.S. radio station went on the air.

WFAN(AM) in New York is celebrating the anniversary, which is coming up on July 1 at 3 p.m. “The FAN” claims 1.2 million listeners weekly.

The CBS station plans a “WFAN Reunion Weekend” at the end of the month of former hosts and anchors Howie Rose, Ian Eagle, Jim Lampley, Russ Salzberg, Bill Mazer, Spencer Ross and others. Listeners can vote online for their top sports moments.

The station broadcasts from Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens and is the flagship for the Mets, Giants, Nets and Devils pro teams.

The format moved in 1988 from 1050 to 660 kHz, which had been WNBC. Don Imus was named morning host at the same time.

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