In WFNX, local musicians have had an ally

When WFNX eventually goes off the air, pending the FCC’s approval of its recent sale to Clear Channel, its supporters won’t lose just a great radio station. The community will also miss out on ’FNX’s dedication to showcasing local bands.

Smack in the middle of an hourlong ’FNX set that features Depeche Mode and the Black Keys, you’re just as likely to hear the new single from Boston’s Passion Pit. The station has also been home to “Boston Accents” (once known as “New England Product”), a weekly, four-hour program on Sundays from 8 p.m. to midnight. Hosted by Michael Marotta, who’s also the music editor at The Boston Phoenix, the show has been a tireless champion of the regional music scene.

“We’re going to operate as business as usual until the license is transferred and WFNX is no more. We’ll acknowledge the end, but we’re not gonna dwell on it, because who needs a downer like that?” Marotta wrote in an e-mail to the Globe. “The show has always had a celebratory tone, and I don’t want that to change.”


Looking at mid-July as a possible farewell, Marotta said he’s making the most of the show’s dwindling days.

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“There’s still plenty of Boston rock to get to, and I’m still taking submissions for airplay,” he wrote. “To make it more of a party, I’ll have guests in the studio as the time winds down, and I’m planning a string of ‘live funeral’ shows at Great Scott at the end of July. We’re going out with a bang.”

“Boston Accents” is among a handful of in-the-know resources for what’s happening in and around Boston’s music scene. A few more highlights:


Boston Emissions”: Sundays, 10 p.m., WZLX (100.7 FM).

“Homegrown”: Monday-Friday, 10 p.m., WXRV (92.5 The River).


“Pipeline!”: Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m., WMBR (88.1 FM).


Allston Pudding:

Band in Boston:

Boston Band Crush:

Boston Hassle:


Bradley’s Almanac:

Ryan’s Smashing Life:

Sleepover Shows (video blog):

UNregular Radio: