Confirming recent reports in the New York papers, the New York Yankees announced today that they will be moving to CBS Radio's WFAN/New York for the 2014 season. The team was previously head on sister News station WCBS-AM.
The Yankees have signed a multi-year broadcast agreement for their games to be simulcast on both WFAN-AM 660 and WFAN-FM 101.9. Both radio stations will carry all Yankees regular season and postseason games, Yankees pregame and postgame shows, as well as broadcasts of select Yankees spring training games. CBS Radio has also acquired Spanish-language Yankees broadcasts rights on a multi-year basis.
"We are extremely excited to have reached an agreement with CBS Radio," said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. "The paramount consideration was how our fans would best be able to hear our games. Having the Yankees on WFAN-AM/FM provides listeners in the New York metropolitan area and beyond with superior broadcast quality and vast territorial signal strength."
"We are privileged to welcome the New York Yankees to WFAN," said Dan Mason, CBS Radio President/CEO. "There is no bigger name in baseball than the Yankees, nor an organization so steeped in tradition. As the nation's premier sports radio station we look forward to capturing all the excitement surrounding the team, and bringing it to millions of fans for many years to come."
It is not yet known how this deal will affect their Yankees' cross-town rivals the New York Mets, who had previously been heard on WFAN. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said yesterday that it was "fairly accurate" that his team would be leaving The Fan and seeking a new radio home, according to the New York Times.