The term “sports radio” made its way into New Yorkers’ consciousness with the arrival of WFAN. Other stations already had sports talk segments and play-by-play of sporting events, but WFAN was the first to make it an around-the-clock proposition.
FishbowlNY has been offering a week-long series in preparation for the ‘FAN’s big day. That day is tomorrow! WFAN turns 25, and to commemorate the occasion, the station is welcoming back former hosts for a day to remember.
The special programming lineup is listed after the jump.
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Ed Randall (original WFAN personality) hosts Talking Baseball, as he recalls a quarter-century of the Yankees and Mets.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The Sweater and the Schmoozer (Russ Salzberg and Steve Somers)
- 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Dave Sims (live from Seattle) with guest appearance by his former on-air partner Ed Coleman (current Mets beat reporter and pre-game host)
- 1:30 to 3 p.m. — Chris Carlin with special guest Kim Jones (they co-hosted a 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. show for a year)
- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Len Berman, the longtime WNBC sports anchor and former WFAN midday host
- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Spencer Ross, another former midday host. The sportscaster currently does weekend updates for sister station WINS.
- 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Richard Neer, a constant at WFAN since 1988. He has hosted a Saturday morning show since 1992.
- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Howie Rose and Ed Coleman. Rose predates WFAN, as he was working the Mets games for (predecessor) WHN. At the ‘FAN, Rose hosted a nightly show from 1987 to 1995. After leaving to do the Mets on TV, he is back on WFAN as the Mets lead radio voice. Coleman is one of three original WFAN personalities still at the station. along with Somers and update anchor John Minko.
- 7 p.m. to 7: 25 p.m. — A countdown of the top sports moments of the past 25 years as voted by listeners in March.
- 7: 25 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Somers, Coleman, and Minko are not the only WFAN charter members. The Mets are with the station since its inception that July afternoon in 1987. Fittingly, the anniversary programming wraps up with the “Amazins” in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers.