Yesterday, CBS announced that WFAN, radio home of the Mets, is following the move of ESPN Radio and moving to the FM dial. CBS Radio purchased WRXP (101.9 FM) from Merlin Media for $75 million and will begin simulcasting WFAN’s 660 AM programming there in November. WFAN programming will continue to be heard on AM 660, likely until a new station takes over that spot.
This move is likely their best chance to hold onto the Mets radio broadcasts (and Yankees, who are heard on CBS 880 AM) once the contracts expire. ESPN has made it known they will aggressively pursue the radio broadcast rights of the New York baseball teams once their current contract expires.
Personally, I don’t care about the move as long as 660 AM remains. AM stations have a much farther reach – some say they can sometimes hear WFAN in the Carolinas on a clear night. I appreciate being able to drive upstate or to Boston on Friday night in the summer and be able to hear the Mets game a majority of the drive. If WFAN follows ESPN radio and drops their AM dial spot this will become a problem – unless you shell out more money just buy MLB Radio for your phone which would likely be most popular solution.