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Posted May 17th, 2012 (3:43 pm) by Ross Condit
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I just heard the news today that one of the Boston radio market’s last remaining independent, true alt rock stations (maybe the only) is being sold to the megalithic Clear Channel Communications.

To someone, like my friends and I, who listened extensively to FNX in out formative years, this is the end of an era. It’s like the passing of a friend. Memories made during the station’s and our heyday. Car rides with friends, listening to it at parties, doing homework, causing mayhem, working outside during the summers, chilling by the water. Whatever the occasion, FNX was there.

Starting in 1983, the station helped launch the careers of many great bands during its 29 years. These include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Florence and the Machine, Foster the People, Fun, Gotye, and Mumford and Sons to name a few. During their early years in the 80's they introduced many new wave bands to the U.S. shores, and were one of the only stations to spotlight local bands.

In a full circle note – my daughter & I were driving through FNX-land to visit my mom for Mother's Day and I made her listen to the station. Of course, I took the opportunity to create a “teachable moment” (as my friend, Pete says), and I extolled the virtues of it being one of the last indie stations, and being one of the only true alt rock stations left in the Boston market. She even liked it. Little did we know.

The Phoenix Media Group (PM/CG) has now fired all but a handful of WFNX’s staff and on-air personalities. Unfortunately, the economics became more and more difficult for the station in a tough economy, and dwindling advertising dollars. Rumor has it that Clear Channel is considering turning the station into a country format, or possibly a Spanish language station. Either way, it will become a watered down clone of some corporate executive’s idea of what’s good, and life as we knew it has taken another blow.

It's a sad day for Boston, and indie/alternative music as a whole. Go seek out your favorite indie/alt stations to the left of the dial, and enjoy them while you still can! Of course, we'll still be here to being you the sounds you crave.

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