WFAN-FM

WFAN-FM
WFAN logo.svg
CityNew York, New York
Broadcast areaNew York metropolitan area
BrandingSports Radio 66 and 101-9 FM, The Fan
SloganYour Flagship Station For New York Sports
Frequency101.9 MHz
First air dateOctober 31, 1940; 77 years ago
FormatSports (simulcast of WFAN)
Language(s)English
ERP6,200 watts
HAAT413 meters (1,355 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID67846
Transmitter coordinates40°44′54.4″N 73°59′8.5″W / 40°44′54.4″N 73°59′8.5″W / 40.748444; -73.985694
Callsign meaningThe word FAN, or sports fanatic (chosen to reflect the WFAN simulcast)
Former callsignsW2XWF (1940)
W55NY (1941-1943)
WFGG (1943-1945)
WGHF (1945–1955)
WBFM (1955–1964)
WPIX-FM (1964–1988)
WQCD (1988–2008)
WRXP (2008–2011 and 2012)
WEMP (2011–2012)
AffiliationsCBS Sports Radio
Westwood One
(national sports telecasts only)
OwnerEntercom
(CBS Radio East, LLC)
Sister stationsWCBS, WCBS-FM, WFAN, WINS, WNEW-FM, WNYL
WebcastWFAN Webcast
Websitewfan.radio.com

WFAN-FM (101.9 MHz), also known as "Sports Radio 66 and 101.9 FM" or "The Fan", is a commercial FM sports radio station licensed to New York City. The station is owned and operated by Entercom, and is simulcast with WFAN (660 AM). WFAN-FM's studios are located in the combined Entercom facility in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan and its transmitter is located at the Empire State Building.

Early years

The station traces its origin to an experimental Apex band radio station, W2XWF on 42.18 MHz, which was authorized in 1940 and licensed to radio engineer William G. H. Finch.[1] In 1941 the station was authorized to convert to a commercial FM station, W55NY transmitting on 45.5 MHz. In 1943 the call letters were changed to WFGG, which were changed to WGHF in 1945. One of the uses of the station was to test Finch's broadcast facsimile system. By 1946, the station was broadcasting on 99.7 MHz, moving to 101.9 in 1947.[2] In late 1948, it became the New York City affiliate of the farm-oriented Rural Radio Network based in Ithaca, New York, which owned a group of upstate stations that would later associate with WQXR. In 1955, its then-owner, Muzak, changed the call letters to WBFM.[3] Reflecting its parent owner, the station aired a mostly-instrumental beautiful music radio format.

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