It was an emotional day in the WFNX studios in Lynn, as Neal Robert closed out the final day of broadcasing for a legendary station at its 101.7 FM frequency yesterday. The fact that the station will continue to stream online -- at wfnx.com/player, and on mobile devices in various formats -- is a consolation. But in the presence of such a huge legacy -- 29 years of groundbreaking commercial radio programming, the invention of the alternative rock format, the thousands of bands who'd passed through, the hundreds of employees who'd run the place -- it felt like a small one. A handful of staff and friends were gathered in the Exchange Street studio on Lynn's Central Square as Robert counted down the station's final songs. On Twitter, as the clock ticked down to 7 pm, many heard Bowie's "Changes" and thought that might be the final note. But in the end the station went out with the same song with which it started, the Cure's "Let's Go To Bed," and then went silent.
If you missed WFNX's final hour, former WFNX DJ Boy Troy was kind enough to record it. Take a listen:
If you're just tuning in now, here's 29 years worth of what you missed: Listening to WFNX, 1983-2012: The Life and Times of Boston's Only True Alternative Radio Station [thephoenix.com]
Do you remember rock n roll radio? Add your memories of WFNX to the hundreds that listeners have left on the station's official memorial: We Are WFNX [wfnx.com]