WFNX Going Off the Air Friday Night: What Will You Miss Most?

Boston's beloved alternative radio station goes off the air Friday night.

A sad truth is upon us: Boston's 101.7 WFNX is going 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.

Nate Homan (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
For me, I recall being in middle school and rushing over to my boom box to hit the "Record" button so I could fill my up blank tapes.
Goldie Glitter July 20, 2012 at 09:09 PM
This is terrible news! I grew up listening to WFNZ, My father had it playing in the garage 24/7. When the tape deck in my car finally broke, this was the station I constantly played. I just wish that ClearChannel would stop messing up local institutions such as this.
Sam Trevino July 20, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Going to art school in Kenmore, I listened to WFNX during overnights, in drawing classes, etc., often finding the music being the one thing keeping me motivated, productive, and happy inside. ClearChannel needs to stop pushing-out local stations just to expand their profit/gain more ground in their march to radio monopolization.
Keith Lardie July 21, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I honestly don't even know where to begin, as good broadcast radio has been one of the foundations in my life. The announcement of FNX departing the airwaves (even though I am out-of-state and listen to them streaming on my phone) shook that foundation. I have GBs of music on my computer, iPod, etc., but I chose to listen to FNX because of the interaction with knowledgeable DJs who really cared about music and entertaining us. That's what your independent [fill in category here] can provide you more than major corporations and box stores. Boston has lost a cultural icon; hopefully we'll find a way to get it back in the not-to-distant future.
Keith Lardie July 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
BTW - perhaps it's time to consider starting an Association for Independent Radio Stations, to protect the remaining non-mega-corporate institutions out there.


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