Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The Rock Of Boston Crumbles
Yesterday it was announced as of August 13th, 2009 WBCN 104.1fm will cease operations. Although over the past 10 years or so the station has been a shell of it's former self, it's still like losing an old friend. You know, the guy you use to hang around with who turned into a dickhead. You may not visit him anymore, but it was always nice to know he was still around in case you wanted to. Well, CBS, the owner of WBCN, has decided to move MIX 98.5 to the 104.1 frequency and replace the old MIX signal with an all sports station WBZ-FM.
Beginning with a format change from classical to rock in 1968, WBCN began a run that would make it the most important station for underground music and news in the 60's and early 70's, a rock n roll giant in the 70's and one of the only commercial stations in the country that would play the new punk rock in the late 70's and 80's. Alternative rock would carry it on through the 90's when the format began to go out the window. They added Howard Stern and then NE Patriots football and that was beginning of their slow decline into a market driven repetitive format outlet.
But, during it's heyday it could not be touched. DJ's like Charles Laquidara, Mark Parenteau, Oedipus, and many others kept the station on the forefront of music and entertainment that the local listeners had come to expect.
There will always be a space in my radio heart for what was once the only station that mattered, The Rock of Boston, WBCN.