Free FM

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.

Famous quotes containing the word free:

    Others apart sat on a Hill retir’d,
    In thoughts more elevate, and reason’d high
    Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will, and Fate,
    Fixt Fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute,
    And found no end, in wandring mazes lost.
    Of good and evil much they argu’d then,
    Of happiness and final misery,
    Passion and Apathie, and glory and shame,
    Vain wisdom all, and false Philosophie:
    John Milton (1608–1674)