Good radio leaves me remembering the past fondly, and these last few weeks with WFNX have been good radio.
WFNX, a local Boston independent radio station, was sold to Clear Channel in June and most of their staff was laid off when the sale was announced; that’s sad. But since then, each week has become progressively more interesting as the station has moved more and more towards free-form radio. It’s become a college station with a 1.7kW transmitter.
Their last day (according to their ads) is tomorrow and tonight is apparently their last night show. The entire day has been an incredible run of eclectic radio: one hit wonders, b-sides, local acts made good, local acts that never went anywhere, and songs that have maybe never been played on anything but college radio. I’ve spent at least 4 hours today listening to this sad, sad batch of last shows and every song feels like I’m 12 years old and trying to squeeze a little more volume from the little CD player boombox my mother gave me while moshing (or doing what I think moshing is, because at 12 I’d never been to a show) alone in my room.