Veteran morning personality Jim Douglas is on the radio sidelines after his exit from WWFS/Fresh 102.7 this week. Douglas had been teamed with Kim Berk for nearly 20 years, including the last five at the CBS-owned FM.
“I wish my partner, Kim, well,” Douglas tells Tuned In. “She’s an amazing talent so whomever they put in that chair, she’ll make them better than they thought they could be.”
But for now, sources indicate Berk will fly solo on the morning show.
Douglas and Berk, a.k.a. “Jim and Kim” started waking up Long Island listeners in the mid-1990s at KJOY/WKJY (now branded K 98.3). The native New Yorker was born in Bellerose, Queens, and grew up on Long Island.
WWFS is housed on Hudson Street with the entire stable of CBS New York radio stations.
“I got to know lots of the people at WINS AND WCBS AM. I’ll miss watching the amazing work they do,” Douglas adds.
No word on Douglas’ next venture, but “I[‘ve] got lots of golfing to get in!”
The Yankees are staying put in the CBS Radio family, but leaving WCBS 880 for a multi-year deal with WFAN 660/101.9 FM.
In a short press release by CBS, the words New York Mets were not mentioned. The Amazins were the cornerstone of the fledgling all-sports format in 1987, grandfathered in from their 1050 WHN days.
The likely home for the Mets would appear to be ESPN 98.7 FM, which switched from 1050 to eventually secure baseball play-by-play rights. WOR has been mentioned online as another possible home for the Mets.
The Yankees, who in the last couple of years, inked one-year extensions with WCBS, may have been swayed by the 50,000 watt flamethrower that is WFAN. On a clear night, 660 is heard in Florida.
“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.”
By JERRY BARMASH
WFAN has become a sports radio institution since moving to 50,000 watt clear channel 660 on the AM dial in 1988. Tuned In has learned exclusively that station brass have decided to put upstart CBS Sports Radio on 660 in January. A person close to the situation cautions the switch is tentative.
“There is an effort to make sure that the FAN is not too adversely damaged by the change,” the source indicates.
As we reported last week, a source told Tuned In that CBS Sports Radio will finally get its elusive New York clearance sometime early in 2014.
WFAN/CBS Sports Radio had no comment for Tuned In.
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Reportedly, there has been an internal struggle between ‘FAN execs and the network honchos regarding what to do with WFAN. CBS Radio began a ‘FAN simulcast on 101.9 FM in November. But sports powerhouse ESPN took the first dive into the FM pool in April of last year by shifting its poor 1050 signal to 98.7.
The source says removing WFAN from its popular AM spot is a no-brainer, but everyone needs to tread lightly.