CBS Radio game for new Gotham station

It buys Merlin's 101.9 FM, plans WFAN sports simulcast

CBS Radio said Monday that it’s buying Gotham’s 101.9 FM from Merlin Media for $75 million and will relaunch it late this fall as a simulcast for its WFAN sports radio franchise.

WFAN will continue to broadcast on-air at 660 AM, online at and via the app for mobile devices.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity to expand our radio presence in the nation’s largest market,” said CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. “Sports is a very popular format and a huge growth category for our business. As a result of this new asset, we look forward to the FAN building on its position as the leading sports radio franchise in the country.”

WFAN pioneered the all-sports format when it launched in 1987. Hosts include Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton, Joe Benigno, Evan Roberts and Steve Somers. It is the flagship station for the New York Giants, New York Mets, Brooklyn Nets and New Jersey Devils.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0


    Leave a Reply

    No Comments

    Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

    You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    More Music News from Variety