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Remembering WFNX: What You Said

Sharon Brody’s essay on the sale of WFNX-FM is, in the comments section, eliciting many mini-remembrances of the independent rock station from fans and former staffers alike.

A sampling:

Roubina Surenian: Forget about the pay, it was the friendship, the kindred spirits who understood the music and lifestyle we all lived. We all got it and the listener’s of Boston and all the artists that walked those hallowed halls did too…

Alex: FNX–it was radio, RADIO, dammit. The kind of radio that is now dead, long before Clear Channel even thought about killing it. It was there before the Internet, and Soundhound, and Pandora, and iPods. It was *interesting*–it was fascinating. It wasn’t a program, it wasn’t a playlist, it was PEOPLE playing cool stuff, and…

I was there. Not at the station, on the other end of the airwaves. I knew exactly at what part of my drive the signal would fade in and out, and when I crossed that imaginary line, I was there.

We were there.

Brian Sullivan: I found WFNX in the early 90s. Sometimes my ability to listen was dependent on the weather. I discovered some great music and culture through FNX. Thanks Brody and your colleagues from Lynn!

Head to the post’s comments for more. (You might recognize some names, like Boy Troy.)

And in other former-local-radio-station news, the Patriot Ledger has a story on an unusual broadcasting location for WBCN, which left the air in 2009. It reports from Hingham:

[Former program director Sam] Kopper wants to resurrect the spirit of WBCN for a new generation of listeners, most of whom were raised on a more rigid, commercialized kind of radio than their parents were.

Broadcasting from his specially outfitted school bus, dubbed the “Gypsy Dancer,” Kopper and three other DJs host several live hours of music each day on a digital station that can be heard on HD radios and via the Internet.

“It’s not bringing back the ’BCN of 1985,” Kopper told the Ledger. “It’s bringing back the radio ideals and the radio techniques that I consider timeless and bringing them into the 21st century.”

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