Skip to comments.WFNX Boston Sold To Clear Channel
Posted on 05/16/2012 8:10:10 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Clear Channel has agreed to purchase Alternative 101.7 WFNX Boston for an undisclosed price.
The station which had been co-owned with the Boston Phoenix newspaper has carried an Alternative Rock format since April 1983. It will now join a Clear Channel cluster of Talk 1200 WKOX/1430 WXKS, Rhythmic CHR Jamn 94.5 WJMN, and CHR Kiss 108 WXKS-FM. Owner Stephen Mindich released the following memo to the Phoenix regarding the sale:
"Dear Members of the PM/CG Family:
Because this is an emotional announcement to make, let me cut right to the chase.
This morning I met with the staff of WFNX to announce the pending sale of the station to Clear Channel Communications.
Over the years, WFNX has done spectacular things. Since 1983 the station has played an historic role in bringing new music to audiences in and around Boston. We introduced Nirvana and Pearl Jam to wider audiences in 1991.
--Some think it may go Spanish. Ironically enough Stephen Mindich is married to Judge Maria Lopez ("YOU SIT DOWN RIGHT NOW!!!") and for years people thought Mindich would flip it to Spanish and put her in charge of it.
--Dare we think, the new FM home of Talk 1200? Imagine Jeff Katz, Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Severin, (HOWIE?????), Hannity etc on 101.7...
--Or who knows. It will continue as it is for now but when FCC approves it.. we'll see. Sale price about $11 million. I was a WFNX news intern Sept 83-Jan 84 and helped Henry Santoro, Cindy Farias, and the late Margie Coombs. I helped a bit on election night (Ray Flynn vs. Mel King.)
“We introduced Nirvana”. So, it was your fault.
BRING BACK REESE!
So WFNX would cease to exist??
I’ve been listening to them for years although in my most recent apartment I can not get them on the dial. Outside the apt I listen - love that station.
Yeah I’m surprised they didn’t put Air America on it.
Boston’s Howie Carr nicknames the Boston Phoenix a “one hand rag”. You read it with one hand while the other...er...
(personal ads of all types if you know what I mean)
They used to have other stations simulcasting it. One in Portland ME (92.1) now runs oldies. The one in Providence
(103.7) now simulcasts sports WEEI.
I was a news intern for them in late 83; everything from fetching sandwiches and tea for the operations manager to
helping out on election night (Ray Flynn defeats Mel
King). For college course credit. Some feel the WFNX
audience will go to WBOS 92.9 or WXRV 92.5 “The River”
“—Dare we think, the new FM home of Talk 1200? Imagine Jeff Katz, Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Severin, (HOWIE?????), Hannity etc on 101.7...”
Now that would be AWESOME!!!
Yes I would hope so but many “experts” think it could be Spanish. But it would make sense...CC needs an FM station to put it on. Why not 101.7? The very idea of El Rushbo or,
dare we think, HOWIE on what used to be (for now still is)
And yet Kiss-108 maintains its popularity. Ugh.
Well, hopefully the “experts” are wrong.
Howie has been very, very boldly talking about leaving for the past several months now...he must have something signed and ready to roll.
I would guess that they’re going to leave their studio in downtown Lynn when sale is complete
I would have hopes of a “Talk 1200 on 101.7” but not sure it would happen. Expert Mark Schnyder of Boston Radio Watch
tweeted to me: “Let me put it this way -Clear Channel just didnt spend $11 mill on a city FM signal just so 101.7 could be Howie Carr’s new home “
Spanish? Adult contemporary?
btw a little while back a newspaper/site called the Weekly Dig put out a story saying they heard Entercom was buying WFNX so they could put “Mike 93.7” on 101.7, and flip
93.7 to WEEI sports. (The latter part DID happen.) I was suspicious about the story since a)nobody else had it and Ent. and Boston Phoenix were both denying it, and b) The Dig is a competitor of the Phoenix. Obviously they were tweaking the nose of their competitor!
Supposedly the on air staff was let go immediately.
Yes. Studios on the second floor of 25 Exchange St, across from Lynn Item. When I was there WLYN AM 1360 was also on that floor (separate ownership), running foreign language.
These days 1360 runs from studios in Chelsea or Quincy.
I stopped by WFNX a couple yrs back when a radio fan friend
of mine from Ohio was in town—no bumper stickers or anything, we just said hi and I said I’d been an intern there
Tweet from Boston Radio Watch guy said he heard air staff
was let go immediately.
Before it was WFNX, it was WLYN-FM or “Y-102” and DJs
included Rich Anzalone. It was odd—for a brief time the
AM 1360 simulcast it, before it went to separate owners,
and you’d hear Mission of Burma’s “That’s When I Reach
For My Revolver” on AM radio.
I can not get 1200AM to come in clear up here in southern NH. I miss listening to Severin since he left WTTK. I like Michael Graham but would like to have the option of listening to Jay again.
I thought Mike FM was sufficient. That concept is in other cities, too. Maybe it isn’t for everyone to have AC/DC played after Shannon but that is the idea behind “We Play Everything.”
What’s that indie channel in Lawrence? If FNX switches formats, i think that’s the only channel left that’s similiar around...
BTW, not sure if this interests you and perhaps you have knowledge, but saw this a few weeks ago in a crappy free newspaper while at the airport...
1200AM can be very spotty in MA as well.
If a move to FM did happen, especially with Howie, that would be fantastic!!!
It would though as I surf the web now on Twitter, Facebook, and messageboards the speculation is adult contemporary or hot AC (going after WMJX’s female audience?) or Spanish, etc.
107.9 HD 2 carries Talk 1200 but you need an HD radio and to be close enough to Boston to get it (as low as $40 for a portable)
thanks—will read a bit later and link on radio board. Bob did a show called Let’s Talk About Radio which aired on Sun mornings...he also owns WJTO 730 up in Bath ME, same thing.
No ads, takes donations, and says things on air like “Cut up your credit cards. Most of the companies are evil.”
WXRV 92.5 The River (licensed to Haverhill and antenna in same city) is independently owned, indeed. Beanpot License Inc. according to Radio-locator.
WBOS 92.9 Boston may play similar music to WFNX too. They’re owned by Greater Media (also WTKK talk, WKLB country,
WMJX adult contemp., WROR classic hits)
I’ve started a new commute and have become quite frustrated in the morning. My old standby of WBOS changed its format to depressing grunge and its dial neighbor at 92.5 (The River) has lost it, too.
Ideally, I loke a mixture of old and new. I was listening to 104.5 this morning and they had the right mix, but too much talking. In fact, all across the dial, chummy conversations are taking up more minutes than the music itself.
For right now, I am doing 103.3, which is a little too disco for me, but has limited talking. Any suggestions for me?
It’ll be interesting to see how it settles out.
Yes. There is talk of Spanish language talk format (si...);
adult contemporary, and one Boston Biz Journal article says an unnamed Clear Channel source told them it could be Spanish talk or...country.
And for those saying country don’t play here...the only country station in town, WKLB 102.5, just came in SECOND
in the 6 and over ratings. Second. Maybe watered down,
adult contemporary flavored country, but it’s #2 among all
Sometimes college radio (usually to the left of 92 MHz). Old and new mixed? May be tough to find.
Satellite radio can give you variety (costs about $40 or so,
then maybe $15/month) or HD radio (one time cost, unless your car stereo already has it...stations devoted to Irish,
hits of the 70s, smooth jazz, etc. And 107.9 WXKS-FM has
Talk 1200 on its HD 2)
But you said music...
No puedo esperar para una estación de radio en español! Instrucciones para aplicaciones de tarjetas EBT se puede transmitten 24x7!
-—Howie has been very, very boldly talking about leaving for the past several months now...he must have something signed and ready to roll.——
I’m guessing 96.9
He’s talked a lot about a dinner he had with fellow Herald writer and 96.9-talker, Michael Graham.
Is Reese still in jail? Was he ever tried? I haven’t heard anything about the case, do you know?
96.9 seems to me the most logical spot.
Yes and his contract with RKO could well be up at the end of Sept., judging by what happened in 07.
I heard, probably on Free Republic, that the girl was goaded into making the rape charges by a politically active friend of her mother. Story seems to be inconsistent with certain known facts, but authorities usually chase even the flimsiest rape allegations, especially against political conservatives. He may have been Nifonged.
On October 22, 2008, a week after being let go by WRKO, Hopkins was arrested at his Malden, Massachusetts home on a fugitive from justice charge. It is alleged that Hopkins raped a 12-year-old girl some four years earlier. He waived extradition to New York City where he was charged with two counts of rape. One in the first degree, one in the second degree and one charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
In a statement to the press, Hopkins denied the charges stating:
She charged me on Oct. 1 of 2004. I was living in Manchester, Connecticut. I couldnt have been there.
Not being able to make bail of $100,000 cash or $300,000 bond, Hopkins was held at Rikers Island for 2-1/2 years. In November 2009, he was offered a deal of time served if he plead guilty to a lower sexual offense and register as a sex offender. Hopkins professed his innocence and turned the deal down. He was finally put on trial March 2, 2011 when jury selection began. During the trial, Hopkins’ accuser changed her story and the investigating detective was cut from the witness list. The trial ended in a mistrial on March 24, 2011 after two days of deliberation when eight of the jurors voted not guilty on all charges, and all but one juror voted not guilty on the most serious charge of child rape. Hopkins was finally freed on bail April 6, 2011 after bail was dropped to $20,000. The prosecutor promised to file for a re-trial, however the arrest of Hopkin’s accuser on a gun charge has muddied the case and a re-trial has not been filed.
Once in awhile we hear updates. He may be out on bail and still awaiting trial.
Let’s see, just found this
>>This will be the last week of ReeseOnTheRadio.com
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my loyal followers for checking out the site for one full year.
After my release, I started this site to update those of you who have wanted to be updated on my case as it progressed. Well, Its been over a year now and nothing much is happening. As I told you all, my accuser has refused to testify at a new trial and has hired a lawyer to bar her from even meeting with the DAs office. Now the DA is mounting an effort to have a new trial with only the transcript submitted to a new jury.
Its unconscionable for my accuser to believe that it is okay to uproot my entire life, accusing me of something she knows I never did and would never do and then bow out when it was convenient.
I dont know if this will ever end and Ill return to a semblance of normal life but I wish to thank you all for your support and reminders to keep my head up. I will.
Please remember, you can always check me out on facebook.com/reeseontheradio or an Twitter @reeseonradio
I listen to talk in the afternoon. Getting to work, I need soothing music to prep me for the upcoming day.
The last couple of days, they have been doing Hannity in place of Jay Severin. I have tried Severin a couple of times, but he seems so pedantic and humorless. I wish the Hannity switch were permanent, though I never like the parts where he “debates” left wing looneys. Too much anger and emotion in those encounters.
Big layoffs at rock station WFNX as its sold to Clear Channel:
However, I do enjoy some of the music including Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc., as an option.
Continuing a conversation from a few weeks ago, I put on the 98.5 channel today for maybe 30 seconds and the first time in about a month. The host called Republicans “wing nuts” in chatter regarding Curt Schilling's situation in Rhode Island. I think it was that clown from Wisconsin who once said that if Brett Favre was black, he'd be criticized. And oh, the other jock used the term “a-hole.” Dare I ask, what type of audience do they have? Nerds and dweebs?
LOL! My thoughts exactly. I started listening to FNX in late ‘86 and oh it was heavenly then. I could not pull myself away (I was 13). Then it pretty much went down the crapper when the ‘90s came around.
Whatever audience 98.5 has, they’re doing well in the ratings. Listeners tend to be younger, more liberal.
(The joke I’ve made is “98.5 has 30 yr olds who still live in mom’s basement, WEEI has 50 yr olds who still live in mom’s
Supposedly a former WFNX program director, Bruce Mittman,
is predicting—again, predicting! He no longer works for them or for Clear Channel—anyway he THINKS they will put
Talk 1200 on 101.7 and Howie did reference it on air (there
was a sale today and I must say I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel)
from today’s Herald. Again note that Mittman doesn’t work for either the Phoenix or Clear Channel, but he predicts a conservative talk format for 101.7. A _prediction_:
>>Radio industry experts say Clear Channel Communications will likely shift its news and talk station WXKS-AM to the FM dial once it finalizes a deal to buy alternative rock station WFNX-FM 101.7s signal from Phoenix Media.
Their talk station is very expensive to run, said former radio exec Bruce Mittman (about) WXKS-AM, whose lineup includes yakkers Jay Severin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. They cannot compete because its a limited signal. Putting it on FM would dramatically increase their coverage, which would help them with their ratings and with advertising.
(Note: the article says “of WXKS” not “about WXKS” which is poorly worded. It makes it sound like he works for Clear
Channel but I believe he doesn’t...which is why he says “they”..)
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