For the third time this year, an iconic rock radio station in a major city is shifting formats: Boston’s 104.1 WBCN, “The Rock of Boston”, departed the airwaves on August 13th. The rock station had been broadcasting for 41 years. According to Billboard.biz, WBCN was a victim of CBS Radio’s desire to launch an all-sports talk radio station on the FM dial. The company’s Adult Top 40 Mix station (made) the jump from 98.5 to 104.1, with the sports station taking over at 98.5. WBCN (lives) on off the radio waves as a Web and HD-radio broadcast.
Part four of this four-day retrospective concentrates on PM Drive. Bradley Jay is an in-studio guest, as is Ken Shelton (continued from the previous segment), and others. You’ll hear more WBCN Lunch songs, lots of promos for “The Sports Hub”, the new Sports station WBZ-FM 98.5, some mention of the new WBCN format going to 98.5 HD2 and WBCN Progressive going to 98.5 HD3… but oddly enough, thus far in their broadcast, no mention of WBMX taking over as “Mix 104.1”.
Meanwhile, Boston.com, the Boston Globe’s online presence, has put up an interview with former WBCN Morning Mattress personality Charles Laquidera. They allow sharing, so, let me post this interview for all to watch… from Maui! Never let it be said that radio jocks don’t get to live the good life sometimes!
And now, WBCN Boston says goodbye – Part 4..