99.9 The Fan Kicks Off

99.9 The Fan
99.9 The Fan Launch
The studio is hopping as 99.9 The Fan launches on Wed, Oct 10th.

Sports fans in the Triangle are now getting their fill of insider information, analysis and interviews on FM radio for the first time.   Capitol Broadcasting completed the metamorphosis of WCMC to 99.9 The Fan on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, and the station began its sports-talk programming. 

Sports radio veteran Scott Jackson and former N.C. State and NFL tight end Mark Thomas took to the airwaves at 3pm.

Dave Shore
The Fan’s Dave Shore (center) does the honors, cutting the cake at the celebration surrounding the launch.

“To say I am excited is an understatement!” said The Fan Program Director Dave Shore in his blog on the day of the launch.  “What a great time for sports fans in the Triangle. We’ve worked hard putting together 99.9 FM The Fan with a great combination of talented people. I have to tell you the last week has been a blast! I felt like Hoover in Animal House trying to keep all these characters focused on getting ready.”

Jackson and Thomas announced 99.9 The Fan’s lineup on the air.  Local shows will fill the morning and afternoon time slots. At night, look for Carolina Hurricanes broadcasts, with former WRAL reporter Mark Roberts doing pre-game and post-game reports.

Chris Morris
The Fan Engineer Chris Morris keeps the show going out smoothly over the airwaves.
Waiting for kick-off
Guests fill the hallway outside the studio as the switch is flipped.
Ron Francis & Tom BArrasso
Carolina Hurricanes Ron Francis (center) & Tom Barrasso (right) are two of the special guests at the launch.

There will be new personalities and a new source of information with The Fan. You’ll find The Fanatics on the air in weekday mornings from 6 to 9am and then the Insiders from 3 to 7pm.

Ron Francis
Carolina Hurricanes Assistant General Manager Ron Francis takes in the action at the launch.
Mark Thomas & Scott Jackson
Mark Thomas (left) & Scott Jackson host the first-ever afternoon on 99.9 The Fan.

WCMC has moved from a country format as part of CBC’s continuing push into sports coverage. WRAL.com has had more reporters at games, at news conferences and in the field delivering the news you want.

Stay tuned to 99.9 The Fan for insight, perspective and behind the scenes looks at all the local, and national, sports that you love.


The cake of honor bears The Fan logo.
Guests help celebrate CBC’s first sports station.
The room is ready for the party.
Cutting the Cake
Capitol Sports Vice President George Habel (left) ribs The Fan’s Dave Shore about cutting up as he cuts the cake.
Tom Barrasso
Carolina Hurricanes Director of Goalie Development Tom Barrasso steps behind the mike on the first show.
Wolfpack cookie
Wolfpack Sports Marketing congratulates The Fan.



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