Happy 33rd birthday, WFAN!
The nation’s first 24-hour sports talk radio station went on the air July 1, 1987, and over the long holiday weekend, we will be celebrating with some special programming and highlighting some of the hosts and shows that have been integral to WFAN’s existence.
In addition to the schedule below, there will be plenty of special guests and surprise visitors throughout the weekend
The celebration kicks off on Friday, July 3, as Al Dukes & Jerry Recco extend their daily “Warm-Up Show” from one hour to five, taking over the morning slot for Boomer & Gio in their first-ever extended hosting gig on WFAN. It would be fitting if, say, Gio produced the show while Boomer did updates, but you’ll have to tune in starting at 5 a.m. Friday (and going all the way to 10 a.m.) to join the fun!
Most of WFAN’s regularly-scheduled programming will run the rest of the day Friday and overnight, and then, starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, it’s 48 hours of special programming for the Independence Day Weekend.
Here’s the weekend schedule, with some notes:
Saturday 6-10 a.m. – Richard NeerRichard has been a WFAN host since 1988.
Saturday 10 a.m.-noon: Joe & EvanJoe Benigno has been with WFAN since 1995, starting on overnights before moving to middays and now afternoons; Evan, meanwhile, first appeared in the mid-1990s as a teenager, doing updates on the Imus in the Morning Show, and has been with WFAN full-time for 13 years. Together, they are WFAN’s weekday afternoon team, moving to that slot this past year after a dozen years together in the midday.
Saturday Noon-1 p.m.: Howie RoseHowie was WFAN’s original evening host back in 1987, and is the long-time radio voice of the Mets (as well as the Rangers and Islanders over his career).
Saturday 1-3 p.m.: Bob Papa and Carl BanksTogether, Papa and ex-New York Giants linebacker Banks broadcast Big Blue’s games on WFAN, which has been the flagship of the Giants’ radio network since 1995.
Saturday 3-7 p.m.: Ed Coleman and Dave SimsEddie C is now WFAN’s Mets beat reporter, but Coleman and Sims were WFAN’s midday team in the early-1990s.
Saturday 7-11 p.m.: Sweeny MurtiSweeny has been WFAN’s Yankees beat reporter since 2002, and has also hosted the Yankees post-game show since 2014. Sweeny first joined WFAN in 1993 first as a board operator, then came back later as a sports update anchor before taking over his current role, which also includes part-time hosting.
Saturday 11 p.m. - Sunday 2 a.m.: Jody McDonaldJody Mac was also an original WFAN host back in 1987, and still hosts shows on the station occasionally while also working for CBS Sports Radio.
Sunday 6-7 a.m.: Bob SalterBob Salter has been WFAN’s Public Affairs Director since 1994, and hosts this timeslot every Sunday.
Sunday 7-8 a.m.: Ann LigouriAnn was also an original WFAN host, and now covers golf and tennis for the station.
Sunday 8-9 a.m.: Rick Wolff’s Sports EdgeSports Edge is another Sunday morning staple on FAN, airing in this timeslot since 1995.
Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Suzyn WaldmanSuzyn was the first voice heard on WFAN, giving the first sports update at 3 p.m. on July 1, 1987, and these days she serves as the analyst for Yankees Baseball on WFAN. She has also served as both the Yankees and Knicks beat reporter, and co-hosted WFAN’s midday show with Jody McDonald as well.
Sunday 1-2 p.m.: Steve Somers & Russ SalzbergThe Schmoozer is THE WFAN original – the only host who has been on the station full-time since Day 1 in 1987! Steve has aired in many timeslots over the years and currently airs late evenings, although together with Salzberg, the duo hosted the midday show as “The Sweater and the Schmoozer” in the mid-1990s.
Sunday 2-3 p.m.: Steve Somers & Tony PaigeAfter an hour with the Sweater, the Schmoozer joins up with the legendary boxing writer/analyst and long-time WFAN overnight host for an hour. Paige retired last September after 16 years as WFAN’s overnight host. Tony also worked part-time on the station in the mid 1990’s.
Sunday 3-6 p.m.: Ed Coleman and Dave Sims
Sunday 6-7 p.m.: Best of Mike and the Mad DogWFAN’s legendary afternoon team for nearly two decades (1989-2008). We’ll take a look back at some of the best of Mike Francesa and Chris Russo. Nothing can get by ‘em, turn it on and try ‘em – Mike and the Mad Dog!
Sunday 7-8 p.m.: Best of Boomer and CartonSay HELLLLLLL-LOOOOOOO! to some of the best moments from Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, who hosted WFAN mornings from Sept. 2007 to Sept. 2017.
Sunday 8-9 p.m.: Best of Boomer and GioAnd then, take some of the best from our current morning team, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti.
Sunday 9-11 p.m.: Sweeny Murti
Sunday 11 p.m. - Monday 3 a.m.: Jody McDonald