— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | History | Shea
by Kingman on October 11 at 5:31PM
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This was a zany sports weekend for the kids. A track meet, 4-year-old soccer. Four more soccer games for my 9-year-old. And fall baseball for my oldest son. I just tallied it up - we lost every single game, but my middle son won second place in his cross-country meet.

But I couldn't let the weekend pass without lighting a candle for WFAN - the studio, not the station.

If you listened this week, you know that starting October 10th, WFAN would begin broadcasting in Manhattan. The on-air folks waxed nostalgic all week...to the point where a few times, I actually wondered if they were going off the air.

Steve Somers was especially respectful of the history contained in the dingy Long Island City studios from which the first all-sports radio station was birthed.

The Shea Stadium comparisons were obvious. "This place is a dump, but it's our dump,''  Joe Benigno, told Newsday.

The move may be good for WFAN but it will be a blow to local business in Queens. Plus they changed all the call-in numbers from (718) to toll-free 877 numbers. As one caller mentioned on the air, toll free numbers aren't usually free on most cell phone carriers so WFAN is not doing too many folks any favors.

So the old WFAN studios are deserted tonight. Some say if you go there and listen real close, you can here the ghost of Chris Russo sobbing "Take me back!"



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