What's the Best Radio Station in the Boston Area?
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."
There's still some rock on Boston radio. WFNX (100.7) plays classic rock, when you're in the mood. WAAF (107.3) also plays a mix of rock, mostly stuff you've heard before. WERS (88.9), out of Emerson College, plays a mix of new rock and indie music at the low end of the FM dial, but its programming also ranges widely, from a cappella to children's music, reggae and folk.
Is the contemporary rock scene on Boston radio dead? Do you care about the WFNX sale? What stations do y'all listen to, anyway? Or have iPods killed the radio star?