On the WOR airwaves since 2014, the Mets are reportedly close to making a switch to WCBS, formerly the Yankees’ flagship station.
The MLB trade deadline has passed, but the New York Mets may have a big move to announce soon.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the team is close to making WCBS (880 AM) their radio partner, having spent the past five seasons with WOR (710 AM). According to Marchand, WOR is still trying to retain the Mets, who currently sit in fourth place in the NL East.
The potential transition would bring New York baseball back to WCBS, which served as the flagship station for the rival New York Yankees for three separate stints, most recently from 2002 through 2013. The Yankees currently air on one of the top-rated sports stations in the country, WFAN (660 AM/101.9 FM), home of the Mets from 1987 to 2013. The completed transition would also potentially allow Mets personnel to return to WFAN shows and programming, with both WFAN and WCBS being under Entercom ownership. Mets management has forbidden personnel from appearing on the station’s shows since their move to WOR, which is owned by iHeartMedia.
Known as WCBS Newsradio 880, the station’s all-news format has left an influence on national radio. The station has become particularly known for its “Traffic and Weather Together” feature, giving local traffic and weather reports every ten minutes. In other sports endeavors, WCBS serves as an overflow station for WFAN, often broadcasting early season New York Giants games, New Jersey Devils and Brooklyn Nets contests when the latter play on the same night.
The Mets’ current radio team is headed by Howie Rose and Josh Lewin, with the pair splitting play-by-play and analyst duties since 2012. Rose has been part of Mets media, in either a television or radio capacity since 1995, and is also known among New York sports fans for his work with the New York Rangers. Lewin also serves as the play-by-play man for UCLA Bruins football and basketball on KLAC (570 AM) in Los Angeles. Pregame and postgame shows are hosted by Wayne Randazzo, who goes to the booth when Lewin fulfills his UCLA duties.