First they came for WBCN and I said nothing...
May 19, 2012 9:54 AM Subscribe
WFNX is D-E-D, dead.
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The last remaining Boston indie major market radio station, WFNX
, has been sold to Clear Channel Communications. 17 full- and part-time staffers, including almost all the current radio personalities, have been laid off. The station will continue to operate for a few months with a skeleton crew until the FCC approval and changeover.
Stephen Mindich, the station's owner, sent a memo
announcing the sale and blaming the extended recession as the culprit. The intellectual property of the station is retained (the name, music library, etc.), with only the frequency, 101.7, being sold. In an interview with WBUR
, Mindich leaves the door open for a potential Internet radio future for WFNX. WBCN has followed a similar path
. Former long-time staffer Sharon Brody comments
Clear Channel released a statement
including "This was a great opportunity to expand our footprint and our listenership in Boston" — Clear Channel already owns four major market stations in the Boston area.
Why you should care
about this sale. Is this another nail in the coffin
of indie rock?