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Why reports of the death of Boston radio are greatly exaggerated

Let’s honor WFNX’s independent spirit, its talented staff, its indelible place in Boston music history. Let’s also acknowledge that we don’t need it. Really.

PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE. Let’s not overreact. Granted, seeing WFNX-FM swallowed by The Man (aka media behemoth Clear Channel) is a raw deal. Doesn’t The Man already control enough insipid corporate radio stations across the country? But despair not, I say. Yes, let’s honor ’FNX’s independent spirit, its dedicated staff, its indelible place in Boston music history. Let’s also acknowledge that we don’t need it. Really.

Why? Because Boston has the most vibrant radio culture of any city in America, and not because of those commercial stations. I couldn’t have told you, before looking it up, where to find ’FNX on the tuner. I never felt the need. Yeah, ’FNX played better music than its schlocky kin. But commercial radio is still commercial. Which means annoying ads. And keeping ratings up. And playing it safe. No, thanks.

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