The Boston Globe Is Getting In The Radio Business

Much of the former on-air talent at WFNX, which was purchased by Clear Channel, will be moving to The Boston Globe’s new radio station. (John Niedermeyer/flickr)

We assume that since you’re on our website , that means you have some degree of interest in Boston radio. And in the world of Boston broadcasting, there’s big news to report.

You may remember last month when the owners of the Boston Phoenix announced the impending demise of their companion radio station — alternative rock stalwart WFNX. The signal was sold to Clear Channel and most of the staff was laid off. It was a sad day, especially for us in the radio business.

Then on Monday, there were unexpected sings of life. The hugely popular Boston Globe web portal announced they had hired some of the WFNX castoffs with the intention of starting up a new web-only alternative rock radio station. A local Internet radio station with actual resources behind it — a pretty much unheard of undertaken.

Not to be outdone, the Phoenix made their own announcement this morning: they plan to keep the WFNX brand going online even after the radio signal goes silent.

Two local alternative-rock Internet-only professional radio stations in one city? That’s definitely unheard of.


  • Jeff Moriarty, Vice President of Digital Products for the Boston Globe and
  • Jack Casey, General Manager of Emerson College’s student run WERS 88.9 FM
  • Justin Ellis, assistant editor, Nieman Journalism Lab

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