680/The Fan yesterday at noon began a simulcast of the sports talk station on an FM translator at 93.7.
“We wanted to add the FM option to help deliver 680’s content to people who only want to listen to the FM band,” said David Dickey, who runs the Fan.
The station has not made an official announcement because it’s still tweaking the processing and ensuring it works well. “It will take a few days,” he said.
The 93.7 signal does not cover the entire metro area but is certainly an improvement at night, when the AM signal has to power down significantly. This will help the Atlanta Thrashers, who usually play games at night and are aired on 680. The Braves will now be heard on 93.7, 680 and Rock 100.5. This also helps the morning show the Rude Awakening in the early part of the show when it’s still dark outside, especially in the winter.
The Federal Communications Commission in 2009 began allowing radio stations to simulcast on open FM signals. These “translators,” as they are