It's hard to swallow that a non-music FM of any sort lapped the field in one month. WEMP has been trying for each of the last four SEASONS to kick CBS's AMers where they don't want to be kicked. That failure began nine books ago. So much for novelty curiosity.
The difference is that WEPN was/is a functioning and established station, with VERY good brand recognition. Most people know what ESPN is, even if they don't follow sports. Add to it, some local NYC personalities such as Kay and Lupica, plus the established syndicated shows, and it's not a stretch that it would compete on FM.
"FM News" stumbled out of the gate like a horse with 3 legs. First it was the "chocolate" fiasco. Then it was Kardashian news 24/7, then something in the middle and now they're finally doing mostly straight up news. Problem is, there are still so many technical issues and things like outdated weather forecasts running for anyone to take it seriously. Especially when there are not one, but TWO all news stations that have been there for 40+ years and do a superb job.
The Fan, on the other hand, can be perceived as stale by a lot of people. 5 1/2 hours of Francessa alone is WAY TOO MUCH of him bloviating. I never understood that aspect of programming on 660. Put Evan and Joe on a normal shift from 10am-2pm and bucketmouth on from 2-6pm.