Free FM was a short-lived, mostly-talk-radio format and brand name for eleven FM CBS Radio stations in the United States, and was created because of Howard Stern's departure to Sirius Satellite Radio in January 2006. Free FM was given its name to highlight that its stations broadcast free-to-air, instead of requiring a subscription fee like satellite radio services. Launched on October 25, 2005, Free FM was phased out over the course of 2007, with the final station using it, KLSX, dropping the brand in November 2008.
Free FM stations targeted a largely male demographic ranking from 18 to 49, attracting those who normally listen to FM rock and alternative stations, instead of existing AM talk radio listeners. Programs were more ribald than AM talk stations and include more discussion of dating, personal relationships, and pop culture, more comedy, and more discussion of celebrities and entertainment. Some Free FM stations also included music programs. Most Free FM programs were generally of the hot talk format.
One Canadian radio station, CFRI-FM in Grande Prairie, Alberta, also uses the Free FM brand name, although its ownership and format are unrelated to the American stations.
... KIFR 106.9 Philadelphia — WYSP 94.1, now WIP-FM San Diego — KSCF 103.7 Phoenix — KZON 101.5 Pittsburgh — WTZN-FM 93.7 Detroit — WKRK, now WXYT-FM 97.1 Chicago — WCKG ... — WJFK-FM 106.7 Dallas, Texas — KLLI, now KRLD-FM 105.3 ...
... CKLO-FM is a radio station broadcasting a wide-ranging classic rock format on the frequency 98.1 FM in London, Ontario, Canada ... The station will operate under the branding "Free FM" ... Similar to album oriented rock, Free FM plays album tracks as well as hits from rock artists ...
... the afternoon until the format was changed to "Free FM" talk ... on Fridays at WFNY-FM (92.3 Free-FM) ... his way back to K-ROCK in 2005, where his show aired in afternoons until the format went to "FREE FM" talk ...
... to fill their morning slot Los Angeles, CA - 97.1 Free FM San Diego, CA - 103.7 Free FM Portland, OR - 101.1 KUFO Las Vegas, NV - 107.5 KXTE FM Sacramento, CA – 106.5 KWOD ... Most of the show was available for download via podcast through Free FM ...
... The WXRK call letters were replaced by WFNY-FM (standing for "Free New York") on January 1, 2006 ... Radio stations around the nation branded as "Free FM", featured David Lee Roth as its morning show host ... an active rock music format continued to be played on the weekends, called "Free Rock Weekends." On April 25, 2006, Chris Booker, host of "The Booker Show", announced that he was broadcasting his ...
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