Fitchburg MA

Thom Whetston, 1280 WEIM Fitchburg MA | August, 1979

This aircheck actually comes to us from Thom Whetston himself, via Big Apple Airchecks. Interesting, from your webmaster’s perspective, as Thom Whetston and I were sort-of competitors (I was at WFGL-AM and WFMP-FM), and we’ve been in touch recently. They call the twin cities of Fitchburg and Leominster (along with Gardner) the Montachusett region. WEIM reigned as THE Top 40 station in that part of Massachusetts, second, perhaps, to WRKO Boston… until FM finished off these little AM signals. There were a handful of small powered but big sounding AM’s like this. WORC Worcester was one. WFTQ Nashua another. What I remember about WEIM in particular, was the impressive processing. The music literally lept out of a car speaker, from a clean audio chain. Even in 1979, WEIM...

Pete Stevens, 104.5 WXLO Fitchburg/Worcester Ma. | May 10, 1998

The similarities between WBMX “Mix 98.5” Boston and 104.5 WXLO out in suburban (Fitchburg) Worcester were striking. Both stations were Hot AC formatted, with the same blend of soft alternative, pop and 80s/90s gold music, and virtually the same on air approach. WXLO was consulted, at least for the second half of the 1980s and early 90s, by Jay Williams (WMAS-FM Springfield). It SOUNDS like Williams’ handiwork here in this 1998 scope of WXLO featuring Pete Stevens. Notice the outstanding imaging, and live elements. This was a station that until the early 2000’s, utilized CD and tape Carts out of state-of-the-art studios in the Worcester Center Galleria Mall. Actually, I’m not quite sure if they were in the Mall in ’98 or if they moved. Somebody knows. Her...

Jingle Mixdown – 104.5 WFMP Fitchburg Mass, 1979

The station currently known as WXLO 104.5 FM is a Hot AC station which targets the greater metro area of Worcester, Mass, and to a lesser extent, the northern Worcester County communities of Fitchburg and Leominster. Its current signal is enormous, heard just outside of Boston, north into central New Hampshire and west as far as the Quabbin Reservoir. But, prior to 1984, both the station and its signal footprint were much smaller. From January, 1979 until April or May of 1984, the station then known as WFMP had its transmitter atop a hill in Fitchburg, Mass. The signal was beamed there via STL link from the studios located at 170 Prichard St., a road just behind the downtown business district in Fitchburg and as I remember it, right next to Fitchburg High School. The studio was housed in a...

The “Other” WXLO, 104.5 FM Fitchburg/Worcester | March 21, 1998

What was it with WXLO jocks that they were discouraged from using their names except for once an hour or so? A policy that began in the 80s, perhaps, back when this incarnation of WXLO began from the ashes of WFMP, which started as a regional Country station (and a very popular jock named Gene LaVerne) from Fitchburg, MA, which segued to soft AC in 1980 as “M-104” at the same time as adding Stereo. It was a big deal at that time. By the time 1984 rolled around, it was time for owner Robin Martin to upgrade the station. There is a story about how the WXLO call letters ended up in use at 104.5 FM in Central Massachusets – your webmaster should know… I was there at the staff meeting when we voted on the new call letters. Who does that today? Going on 13 years old in Ma...

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