Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The radio rumor mill in Boston is churning with news that 96.9 WTKK of Greater Media Boston could turn from talk radio to music radio sometime soon. Does Boston need another pop, rock, or R&B/hip-hop channel?
Change could again be coming to the Boston radio scene. Not that Boston radio listeners aren't used to it by now, what with the sale of 101.7 WFNX to Clear Channel to form 101.7 The Harbor a few months ago, the launch of 103.3 AMP Radio by CBS and the change from 104.1 WBCN to CBS's MIX 104.1. But according to industry blog RadioInsight.com, some sneaky domain registrations indicate that more change could be on the way. "969BostonsBeat.com, 969TheBeat.com, BostonsBeat969.com, Power969.com, Variety969.com, and TheStreets969.com were all anonymously registered last week," the blog reported. "The domains were all registered using the same registrar normally used by Greater Media Inc., owner of 96.9 WTKK Boston." Greater Media Inc.'s 96.9 …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Boston's beloved alternative radio station went off the air Friday night, but will continue to broadcast online.
A sad truth is upon us: Boston's 101.7 WFNX has gone the way of The Rat, The Axis, The Avalon, WBCN 104.1, The Curse of the Bambino, The Big Three era and any other local end-of-an-era cliche you can come up with. WFNX got started in 1983 and ran strong until they sold the station to ClearChannel. So with that in mind, use the comments section to share memories you may have from FNX. What band did they turn you on to? Who was your favorite DJ? Where will you find out about new music or upcoming concerts? WFNX has announced that it will continue as a web streamed radio station, but the 101.7 spot on the radio dial will never be the same.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Another independent Boston radio station—WFNX—bites the dust. Is Boston radio worth listening to anymore?
The Phoenix Media/Communications Group, which owns WFNX radio (101.7 FM) announced today that it was planning to sell the radio station to ClearChannel, a global communications group that owns 850 radio stations in the country, according to the company's website. WFNX was one of the last places on Boston's radio dial to hear current and upcoming rock bands along with popular favorites—not obscure and esoteric stuff commonly found on certain college radio stations, and not the top 40 stuff that dominates other stations. WFNX's sale comes after those of other Boston rock stations. In 2009, WBCN's 104.1 FM frequency went into the hands of CBS Radio. It now plays "today's best variety." A Patch colleague with a better memory recalls WCOZ, …