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What happened to Boston’s rock radio?

It’s not dead, but with the sale of ’FNX, the city lost another part of its identity

Looking back, we should have seen this coming. When WBCN left the FM dial in 2009, after more than four decades on the air at 104.1, it slammed shut a seminal chapter in Boston’s history of rock radio. Some called it the end of an era, which it was, while others groused that the groundbreaking station had lost its direction long ago.

At 101.7 FM, WFNX was sort of like ’BCN’s kid sister. Independently owned, it was the misfit born in 1983 with a chip on its shoulder and a penchant for taking chances on fledgling bands such as R.E.M., Nirvana, and Green Day, and later championing hometown heroes like the Dresden Dolls and Passion Pit.

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