Letters to the Boston editors, May 25, 2012
Although I could spend this opportunity ranting and raving about the sale of WFNX to Clear Channel, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank WFNX and acknowledge what the station has given to myself and listeners that is unlikely to be found again.
I began listening when WBCN started circling the drain with some ridiculous afternoon shock-jock program. At the time, WFNX was commercial free for a whole month courtesy of Snapple. That was enough to keep me tuned, but I kept listening and although I have a full iPod and a wall of CDs, all I listen to is WFNX. 101.7 is the default in my car, in my kitchen, and on my iPhone and on my computer at work. People ask why I listen to radio, and I say, I don't, I listen to WFNX.
Besides the lack of commercials, it was immediately evident was that 'FNX is all about the music and bringing the best of it to listeners. In a music world where the options were robotic (Pandora) or silly (stations like KISS 108), 'FNX is so much more. Everyday I learn or hear something new and exciting about music on this station. What makes the sale of WFNX so much worse than the death of WBCN is that WFNX is really at the top of the heap musically. The DJs are smart and enthusiastic about what they bring to us. I'll listen to Adam 12 all day long and Paul Driscoll is just a genius about music. The Nightly News is the most extraordinary show on radio. Bands like Foster the People, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Vampire Weekend were all on WFNX first.
I'm desperately hoping that the Phoenix has some sort of plan to keep new and interesting alternative music accessible (and audible) in Boston. Don't disappoint further.
MARY ELLEN CORTIZAS
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