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Game 6 of Islanders/Penguins Coming to WFAN Tomorrow Night

WFANNewLogoFinalBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

The New York Islanders are about to get a giant boost in listeners. Tomorrow night’s Game 6 of the NHL first round playoff series with the Penguins will be heard on WFAN 660 and 101.9 FM.

The Isles need a victory at the Nassau Coliseum to force a decisive seventh game Sunday night.

Veteran Islanders announcer Chris King and color analyst Kevin Dexter call the action.

The game will not only be simulcast on WFAN AM and FM, but it will also be heard on the Isles regular radio home on Long Island.

“The New York Islanders are an incredible story this year,” Mark Chernoff, WFAN and CBS Radio New York Vice President of Programming, said.  “Led by their Hart Trophy finalist John Tavares, this team has all of New York excited about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  We’re excited to team with the Islanders and Hofstra University, 88.7 WRHU, to broadcast such a crucial game.”

The Islanders were founded in 1972, and won four straight Stanley Cups in the 1980s.

“We’re pleased to work with WFAN Sports Radio and our broadcast partner at Hofstra University, WRHU, to broadcast this pivotal Stanley Cup Playoffs game to our fans throughout the tri-state area,” New York Islanders Senior Vice President, Michael Picker said.

WFAN’s regular NHL occupant, the New Jersey Devils failed to make the playoffs. The New York Rangers, broadcast on ESPN 98.7 FM, are tied at 2 with the Capitals.

WFAN Big Overall Rating Drop; Insider: CBS Sports Radio Could Take Over WFAN in 2014

wfan_newBy JERRY BARMASH

In exploring the monthly radio ratings earlier this week, something became evident: WFAN, complete with its AM/FM simulcast, is not what it once was.

The station, which began its second quarter-century last summer, is in the midst of a serious ratings plunge. WFAN has lost 1.4 ratings points since January among the overall 12+ survey.  The highwater mark was a 3.7 in the first Arbitron ratings book for 2013. Then the bottom fell out. February numbers sent the ‘FAN reeling to a 2.5. It was a minimal drop for March at 2.4.

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Tuned In reached out to Mark Chernoff, WFAN’s operations manager, who could add “spin doctor” to his title.

“All you’re seeing is a 12+ number, not men 25-54, which is our target demographic,” he replied in an email.

Tuned In had access to the 6+ numbers. Although pushed, Chernoff refused to provide any specifics for his station’s “target demo.”

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