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In final hours, WBCN rocks a farewell

Posted by David Beard, Globe Staff  August 12, 2009 09:59 AM

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By David Beard, Globe Staff

"We're throwing down because we're going down.''

That was the theme of the fourth and final day of pioneering rock station WBCN's farewell to 104.1 on Boston's FM dial.

The last few days have been an education from a station that began 41 years ago as a radical part-time offshoot of the staid Boston Concert Network channel and defined free-form FM programming from 1968 through the 1980s.

The morning's programming featured Steve Nelson, a manager of the legendary Boston Tea Party, where WBCN broadcast its first hour of rock programming in 1968. The venue, which once hosted The Who, Led Zeppelin, and crowd favorites The Velvet Underground, was a part of the emerging rock audience in a city overrun with college students and ready for new music.

The morning show played songs dedicated to rock's rebellious spirit, such as Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll'' and the Police's "I Can't Stand Losing You.'' It also had an air of resignation, playing the last track on the latest CD by Bob Dylan, "It's All Good.''

On Tuesday night, as the station marched to its signoff, 'BCN played Argent's ''Hold Your Head Up'' and Blue Oyster Cult's ''Don't Fear The Reaper'' -- the heavy cowbell version.

In the minutes before midnight, with a final word -- "Peace'' -- the music played, and Eric Clapton's guitar soloed on Cream's "I Feel Free.'' Following it, Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond,'' with its lyric:

"Well you've worn out your welcome with random precision...
''Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!''

And shortly after that, in the first minutes of Wednesday, nothing but static. By morning, the station was pop station Mix 104.

The free-form 'BCN will survive, starting Thursday, on 100.7 HD3 (100.7-3); a version of 'BCN outgoing format will be programmed on 98.5 HD2 (or 98.5-2 for those with an HD radio). Few are under any illusions, even with HD radio giveaways, that the stations will achieve broad popularity.

CBS Radio pulled the plug on 'BCN as part of a switch that will move the pop station to its place on the dial and launch the new Sports Hub to 98.5 on the FM dial.

A final note: "Little Bill'' Lichtenstein, a former 'BCN announcer, is making a documentary entitled "The American Revolution'' about the station's early years, and he filmed its last days. For those with station memories, check out www.WBCNthefilm.com.

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221 comments so far...
  1. I think we've had just about enough coverage of this. The station WAS very good and very influential for decades, but for the last 15 years or so, it's been a non-factor. Look no further than the pictures and artists referenced during the retrospective. The Cars? Til' Tuesday? Beatles? J. Geils? Come on now. Rock radio and classic radio truly went on life support in the 1980's with the growth of pop music and videos. It's been that way ever since as the baby boomers desperately tried to cling to the bands of the late 1960's and 1970's.

    Radio station format changes take place (and have been taking place) on a regular basis as broadcast radio continues to go the way of full length "albums". Changing formats is the equivalent of shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    Posted by Hoss August 11, 09 11:14 AM
  1. I thought they were moving to 98.5... typo, perhaps?

    Posted by lovestocatchmistakes August 11, 09 11:21 AM
  1. Just listening over the last four days, reminds the fans how really great and important this station use to be, before the days of its aimless, repeatitive playlist and the frat boy mentality of the dj's like Nick Carter and the like.

    These past four days showed listeners just a glimps of what Dj's really use to do and be. They chose the music that they loved, not what the labels were shoving on them that week or what a programer on the other side of the country wanted them to play.
    They knew their audience and they LOVED their music. You never knew what they were going to play or what they might say. It was spontanious, interesting and fun. Now radio is automated, generic and boring. There was actual talent involved in being a DJ. These days they could just as easily be the automated voice when you call customer service for a bank.

    If you folks haven't check it out, do yourself a favor and listen to the last day of great free form rock radio.


    They KNEW their audience and their music.

    Posted by Vivalaselvis August 11, 09 11:24 AM
  1. the Sports Hub is actually going to be 98.5, not 98.7

    Posted by Robert August 11, 09 11:34 AM
  1. Hmmm... 98.7, or maybe 98.5?

    Posted by RR Fields August 11, 09 11:38 AM
  1. Sports Hub will be on 98.5, not 98.7.

    Posted by SingleCommuterWithBagel August 11, 09 11:40 AM
  1. Sports Hub will be on 98.5, not 98.7.

    Posted by SingleCommuterWithBagel August 11, 09 11:40 AM
  1. isnt is 98.5 ? not 98.7

    Posted by yikes August 11, 09 11:42 AM
  1. "..this is the sound of the marching feet, that fills the shoes, that make the news.."

    --All Things Must Pass.

    Posted by Cap't Bob August 11, 09 11:45 AM
  1. "new Sports Hub to 98.7 on the FM dial" -- it's 98.5 not 98.7

    Posted by Bill August 11, 09 11:50 AM
  1. Additional information: The Sports Hub will be on 98.5 (not 98.7). The outgoing WBCN format will be on 98.5 HD2 (98.5-2 for those with an HD radio), and Free Form WBCN will be on 100.7 HD 3 (100.7-3).


    From DB: Thanks Seamus, fixed the typo and added this.

    Posted by Seamus August 11, 09 11:57 AM
  1. Just what we need - more sports radio.... Jeez.

    Good thing we still have the college radio stations. They're the only ones left worth listening to.

    Posted by Robert Winters August 11, 09 12:09 PM
  1. If they had been playing the same music they've been playing the past few days over the past few years, they wouldn't be shutting down. Its the horrific corporate rock that they've had shoved down their throats (and equally horrific DJ's that know -nothing- about music) that killed them.

    Sad. At least we still have WFNX.

    Posted by blahblah234 August 11, 09 12:10 PM
  1. No one cares... WBCN was NOT a good radio station.

    Posted by Alan August 11, 09 12:17 PM
  1. WBCN will be back on the air within 5 years, as the popularity of Rock Band and Guitar Hero bring rock back into focus. WBCN was a Boston institution, but unfortunately CBS radio ruined the great Rock of Boston.

    Posted by Chris, Everett MA August 11, 09 12:20 PM
  1. WBCN had been awful since the departure of Dwayne Glasscock. The music it played went downhill since the advent of punk "I just learned to play guitar" rock.

    Posted by MuddyWaters August 11, 09 12:32 PM
  1. You know, if they'd been doing this for the last few years, maybe those of us who grew up with 'BCN would have stayed listening. Just sayin'.

    Posted by Johnny Whistle August 11, 09 12:33 PM
  1. The past days have been amazing.
    The music lives for one more day
    Its easy to forget how blessed we were to have BCN back in the day.
    They broke so many bands back then.
    The Big Matress, Lunch with Captain Ken, Noctunal Emissions.
    Punk Rock, New Wave...
    I'm getting a major rush of nostalgia

    Posted by Kenzo August 11, 09 12:40 PM
  1. The past days have been amazing.
    The music lives for one more day
    Its easy to forget how blessed we were to have BCN back in the day.
    They broke so many bands back then.
    The Big Matress, Lunch with Captain Ken, Noctunal Emissions.
    Punk Rock, New Wave...
    I'm getting a major rush of nostalgia

    Posted by Kenzo August 11, 09 12:41 PM
  1. Long live Payola...

    Posted by Jim August 11, 09 12:43 PM
  1. A truely sad day for Boston radio.

    Posted by Thanos73 August 11, 09 01:08 PM
  1. Radio has gone WAYYYY downhill.

    Only good stations are 88.9 & 92.9

    Posted by John JG August 11, 09 01:17 PM
  1. They have an awesome archive of band who use to come to the studio and play on the radio.

    I hope something is done with it. It would be a shame to lose some great unreleased material.

    I remember once when they were playing stuff from the archive and found some tape that was on the floor, it was Duane Allman performing in the studio.

    Posted by user123 August 11, 09 01:21 PM
  1. If they thew out the CBS playlist and let the DJ's play what they've been playing this week, the station would still be alive. (well except for "Hardy." Either he doesn't really like music, or he actually likes the corporate playlist, because he's played nothing interesting in the past few days.)

    Can anyone explain what's happening tomorrow? BCN is off today, but the "big switch" is Thursday. What's on tomorrow? Static?

    Posted by Monty August 11, 09 01:28 PM
  1. And 92.5

    Posted by emcee414 August 11, 09 01:36 PM
  1. It would have been nice if you told is AT WHAT TIME WILL THEY PULL THE PLUG.

    Posted by Muddy August 11, 09 01:39 PM
  1. The two posts below say it all. It used to be good and the station blew it by changing to punk rock in a city very rich in 70's and 80's nationally known rock bands


    WBCN had been awful since the departure of Dwayne Glasscock. The music it played went downhill since the advent of punk "I just learned to play guitar" rock.

    Posted by MuddyWaters August 11, 09 12:32 PMYou know, if they'd been doing this for the last few years, maybe those of us who grew up with 'BCN would have stayed listening. Just sayin'.

    Posted by Darth Vadar August 11, 09 01:48 PM
  1. Echoing everyone else's comments, but it's a damn shame they haven't been playing what they're playing now. The shift to being DJ focused rather than music focused in the 90s was what really destroyed BCN as Boston's Rock Radio.

    Posted by AB August 11, 09 01:51 PM
  1. Well, once BCN is gone at midnight tonight...the only stations worth listening to for me is 92.9 and 101.7 (on some days...). This truly sucks.

    Posted by JN August 11, 09 01:56 PM
  1. Farewell old friend - neither of us have aged all that well but when we WERE cool there was nobody cooler.

    Posted by tiki August 11, 09 02:17 PM
  1. Yes..."all things must pass", indeed, and that includes WBCN. R.I.P.

    I pretty much ignore terrestrial radio at this point, but I have still enjoyed reminiscing over the past few days. (Charles L. yesterday p.m. was great.)
    And some of the music they've been playing simply rocks (Johnny Thunders!)...some of the best playlists I've heard in years. But I'm not sad, because the music still lives inside of me.

    "There once was a note / pure and easy / playing so free like a breath rippling by..."

    Posted by Matty August 11, 09 02:21 PM
  1. I will miss 'BCN, but frankly I haven't listened to it in years. Commercial radio has been horrible for years. WFNX plays great music, but the signal is weak when you get out towards Worcester. Satellite radio fits the bill for me, no commercials or endless talk. New Wave, Alt. Nation and Lithium (Fred, Ethel and Lucy when XM). HD radio hasn't really caught on yet, but I would be willing to give it a try.

    Posted by David August 11, 09 02:23 PM
  1. I will miss WBCN a lot.

    However, the sports radio competition for WEEI is a welcome one.
    Mostly they argue over each other in between 10 minute commercial breaks.

    Posted by josh August 11, 09 02:25 PM
  1. Back in the late 70's when other rock radio stations were playing lame old arena rock like Jethro Tull, Boston, Journey etc WBCN was reaching out to new audiences by playing bands like The Clash, The Specials and Elvis Costello.

    Posted by Karl August 11, 09 02:30 PM
  1. Remember.....

    Dwayne counting all 21,000 cannon shots in For Those About To Rock...
    "There was something in the air......there always is.....in Boston....."
    The kazoo band on Mark's show.
    The Fool's Parade (which fooled me as a 10 year old!)
    Christmas In Kenmore Square
    Back To The Future
    Carter's Nightly Battle of the Bands
    Bradlee J's amazing segues and cool night time shows of the 1980s.
    Joe Jackson's Friday
    Carlos The Computer!
    What's your major, dude?
    Noontime lunch whistle
    Now it's time for a ride on the.....Elevator from Hell
    Oedipus' Christmas shows
    The Fools: It's A Night For Beautiful Girls, Life Sucks Then You Die, Psycho Chicken....
    Institutionalized: "All I wanted was a Pepsi!"
    The day BCN played every song ZLX was about to play....right before ZLX did.
    The montage of stations BCN outlived....with 'COZ tucked in between two really minor stations.
    Boston Sunday Review
    The Culture Vulture
    News at the top of the hour.....on a rock station.
    Bing bong....five minutes past the big hour five o clock

    Posted by Carlos August 11, 09 02:36 PM
  1. Hoss.... you have NO idea what you're talking about. Clearly, you're a close-minded child of the 2000's!

    Posted by joey T August 11, 09 02:54 PM
  1. It's a very sad day for Boston radio today. I've long given up on terrestrial radio and have switched to XM but I've been a long time listener of WBCN. The moron's who run CBS have struck again and gassed yet another rock station. Well thanks for the memories 'BCN and good luck bro...

    Posted by Tom August 11, 09 02:59 PM
  1. BCN wrote the book on rock radio; rock radio died and the suits tore up the book. It was a great ride, but the best days were behind it. Charles, Ken Shelton, Carter Alan, Duane Glasscock, Carlos the computer, Tom Hadges and Eddie Gorodetsky on Saturday AM, Billy West, the guest DJ spots by Peter Wolf.....it all went away long ago, and with it went the heart and soul of creative rock radio.

    Long Live WBCN! Hello Rangoon!

    Posted by Pete Guglietta August 11, 09 03:02 PM
  1. Corporate radio sucks, and so BCN has sadly sucked for some time, musically. I'll follow Tucher and Rich to 98.5 and plug in my MP3 player for the rest of the day. RIP WBCN.

    Posted by Andy August 11, 09 03:17 PM
  1. Remember.....
    "There was something in the air......there always is.....in Boston....."
    The Fool's Parade (which fooled me as a 10 year old!)
    Noontime lunch whistle
    Now it's time for a ride on the.....Elevator from Hell
    Oedipus' Christmas shows
    Bing bong....five minutes past the big hour five o clock
    So many of those moments remind me of listening to BCN with my mom. She died last August, and listening/remembering these old bits...makes me sad. RIP BCN


    Posted by Rene August 11, 09 03:27 PM
  1. Im quite glad to see it go. I worked there for 2 years and it was a miserable station to be involved with. The music was painful, and River Rave was a complete joke and waste of time. The only thing good to come out of BCN was the office space it left behind on Boylston St.

    See ya!

    Posted by pwick August 11, 09 03:31 PM
  1. Why weren't Opie & Anthony invited back with all the other former radio hosts? One of the most successful radio shows to ever pass through that station. If you don't have Sirius XM then you should get it...they have their own station and still hilarious.

    Posted by Brian August 11, 09 03:36 PM
  1. Terrestrial radio is dead!

    Posted by Steve August 11, 09 03:44 PM
  1. BCN is dead because Stern went to Sirius.

    Posted by 677 August 11, 09 03:46 PM
  1. I tried to keep listening to BCN but, the never ending-repetitive play lists drove me insane. I will miss knowing it was always there though (just in case they played something good).

    Posted by Kelly August 11, 09 03:51 PM
  1. Early to mid-80's memories: The lunchtime spoof songs leading up to the noon whistle, Carlos the Computer, Mishegas, that flamer Darrell Martini the Cosmic Muffin, more spoof songs about the Bears before the Pats 1st Super Bowl, and about NY for the 86 Series vs. the Mets, also Parenteau before we really knew what a dark side he had.....

    Posted by EMac August 11, 09 04:01 PM
  1. BCN was great back in the day. Thanks for the memories. I still have an original Dwayne Glasscock for President poster.

    Posted by conservanator August 11, 09 04:14 PM
  1. Correction: Don Law ran The Boston Tea Party. Don't you read your own paper?

    Susan

    DB: Thanks, Susan. As Steve Nelson explained it on WBCN this morning, Don Law later ran it.

    Posted by Susan Bluttman August 11, 09 04:15 PM
  1. One likes to believe in the freedom of music. But glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity. ;)

    Posted by Dave A August 11, 09 04:19 PM
  1. I can't believe that people still listen to terrestrial radio anymore. You've got to me kidding me. Who cares about this station; get an iPod or a Sirius/XM subscription already.

    Posted by eric August 11, 09 04:24 PM
  1. Tiki (#30)...

    Great post... I think you summed up my feelings to a tee...

    And if the creek don't rise and the good lord's willing... we'll see you all on the other side some day....

    Posted by tellthemall August 11, 09 04:30 PM
  1. "Long live rock! (I hear it ev-er-y night...)" Charles Laquidara ruled!

    Posted by RedSoxGuy04 August 11, 09 04:33 PM
  1. No mention of Mark Parenteau? No Mention of O & A? If Charles L had any balls he wouldn't have shown up for the goodbye shows. -Long live Sirius XM

    Posted by PL White August 11, 09 04:34 PM
  1. Maxanne Sartori where are you? i've been waiting since 1974 for your husky voice and solid DJ skills. You turned me on to Bobby Bland, Paul Butterfield, James Cotton and others. Ah... those were the days.

    Posted by Caperman222 August 11, 09 06:10 PM
  1. Charles lack-of-talent blows!

    Posted by Thanos73 August 11, 09 06:19 PM
  1. Does anyone remember Raz on the radio? Whatever happened to her?

    Posted by Don Key August 11, 09 06:29 PM
  1. The real BCN was a station run by people not afraid to take risks and experiment. They made listening fun. Once the corporate tools took over it became 50,000 watts of just-add-water radio...

    Posted by vicious August 11, 09 06:32 PM
  1. Raz on the radio. She was no Tammy Heidi but she was a decent DJ.

    Posted by Don Key August 11, 09 06:36 PM
  1. I liked the various characters Billy West (later of Rin and Stimpy) used to bring to the Mishigas crossover before 10. Back in alte high school/college days. But, as many have said, that was 30 years ago. R.I.P.

    Posted by Your faithful dog Yoop August 11, 09 06:52 PM
  1. I will miss BCN the same way my grandparents missed the iceman and my parents missed their B&W TV.

    Posted by Michael from Brookline August 11, 09 07:49 PM
  1. God Bless Jamaica Plain Jane where ever she is. She fronted a dedication show on Sunday nights in the early 70's. She read notes from inmates and their loved ones and sent out their songs to each other. Great soulful tunes, and heartfelt messages, too.

    Sure the station was not the same these past 10, 15, ?? years. Still, no one else was close in the Boston area in the early years. WCAS was cool, but they were dawn to dusk and folk only. BCN with Danny Schecter The News Dissector brought major attitude to major stories (and led into a song that amplified his underlying message.) They had gusto and weren't afraid to use it.

    Posted by Greg Tutunjian August 11, 09 07:49 PM
  1. Hello Rangoon

    this was special, listeners under the age of 40 you do not realize the impact of WBCN. there are many names that are not mentioned such as Tank, Richard Branson, Charles in the morning was majical and the music was great, we forget local bands such as the Fools, Joe Lilly, The Stompers and Sass they made us smile and were truly great rockers, do we remember the clubs such as Katys, Lucifer and the Boston Club prior to the Paradise,, the BCN Breakfast, great Sales Staff, Charles & Duane you were great , I hope that you are enjoying Hawaii, We will always remeber BCN

    Duane yo were
    remember this classic
    Down on Revere Beach sitting on the Wall, watching all the bitches drinking PBR Talls, my other hand was empty so I tugged on my Balls, go guido go guido go

    Posted by Matt Gilligan August 11, 09 07:50 PM
  1. BCN transformed radio from AM TO FM. We all listened to WRKO then BCN showed up and everything changed. It made you feel like you belonged. They really passed away years ago but they never had a wake. Tonite is the wake . TUNE IN AND SHARE SOME OL MEMORIES. LONG LIVE ROCK!!!!!!

    Posted by paul August 11, 09 08:13 PM
  1. It isn't just BCN that's dead. Rock radio is dead. The kids don't listen to rock anymore. They listen to hip hop. And can I blame them? Rock stations refuse to play new or young artists. BCN, WAAF, even WFNX are stuck playing major label bands from the 90's. If i was 20 and wanted to hear music from an artist my age, it wouldn't be on a rock station.

    Posted by Andrew August 11, 09 08:36 PM
  1. Are you all 50? What Boston bands, or punk, should 'BCN be playing. In case you haven't noticed, stations cater to populations, not individuals.

    I never read comments on Boston.com, but these are ridiculous. 'BCN is the best, the only rock station in Boston. So sorry to those who think that the station should be playing Boston bands forever (only the Dropkicks are good now).

    The only thing we'll still have is the funniest morning show on FM moving to 98.5.

    Posted by HateFNXListeners August 11, 09 08:55 PM
  1. Opie and Anthony?!?!? A couple of Stern wannabes, and one of the many low lights of bcn's last few years.

    Through out the 70's and 80's the radio tuner knob in my car, and home stereo was exclusively affixed to 104.1. YOOP YOOP YOOOP!!!

    One of my many bcn memories was Duane and Yoop making an appearance at a Fools show at the Orpheum during Duanes presidential campaign. Even though Duane was cloned from a chunk of Chucks upchuck it was amazing how much he resembled Billy West.

    As I write this the memories of bcn are starting to flood my mind, how 'bout the Duane and Oedipus lock-in? I have at least two hours of that on tape somewhere, I must dig that out. One thing I can't recall is the name of Duanes doctor, can someone help me with that please. If memory serves the Doc was played by Eddie Gorodetsky but...

    Posted by Boston Rich August 11, 09 08:59 PM
  1. 'BCN was great in its day, and although not the same as it once once was, still seems like it should have a place on the Boston radio dial. What I can't understand is how "Mix 98.5" can take over? How was 'BCN the "odd man out" in that scenario? Do people really listen to that "MIX" nonsense? I never have and I won't start now. Glad to have some competition for 'EEI. They already seem to be "adjusting" as they know they're in for a battle this time around.

    Posted by DFranks August 11, 09 09:05 PM
  1. I remember BCN before Howard Stern. I got tired of him real quick. BCN and CGY and ZLX were my main stations then, but BCN was the one my dad would complain about the most, and the one he remembered from his twenties in Boston. He called it "Beastie". Don't know if that's a name they ever officially went by.

    Like everybody else, I grew up and out, went to UMass before you could listen to BCN online and then shipped out to Alabama and CA, now in VA. I still listen online so I'm hoping there's a chance they'll continue on the Web until they find a new home on radio.

    I'm too far to get broadcast BCN, but do ya think folks in range'll buy HD Radios now that BCN has moved over?

    Posted by Steve August 11, 09 09:39 PM
  1. WBCN, like Rock n Roll, died many years ago. I grew up on The Big Matress, segue to Ken Shelton, segue to Mark P. Nocturnal Emmisions., etc. Kids today don't know what they missed. I know I sure miss it. Imagine Pandora with great/interesting people talking between songs. That was BCN in the late 70's thru the early 90's.

    Posted by jmacbost August 11, 09 09:58 PM
  1. thanks BCN

    Posted by Ross August 11, 09 10:17 PM
  1. Always liked the 5pm smoking lamp in the 70's. The goofy 5pm songs after that, "Never Leave Your Pizza Burnin'
    Dwayne Glasscock and the Kinks Superman in the 80's,
    and the many, many, names and folks that worked the show.
    Oh and the days during the strike and the Three-Mile melt-down scare?
    We were working and listening and wondering if the end was near or what??
    Good Luck to all, long live the crew...
    PS - B & M's, Please stop complaining; and use these comments pages for good not to bring people down. Contribute to social good will if you think you can.

    Posted by Teenage Wasteland August 11, 09 10:19 PM
  1. 88 lines about 44 women, you bet your ears, John GaraBCN, punk rock, new wave, gang green

    Posted by jocko August 11, 09 10:20 PM
  1. Radio should be free.... the dj's should be free to choose what songs they play... isn't that what this country is all about? BCN was once a good product, but it made too many people uneasy. It's gonna happen... someone will have the guts to be interesting and challenging. And we won't hav to pay for it. I've been hoping for this since 1989. Interesting, Challenging and Free

    Posted by heyJoe August 11, 09 10:22 PM
  1. Thank God I don't have to hear "steady as she goes" on the radio anymore! BCN was the only station that played it and I lost a ton of respect for the station as a result. Terrible song and they played too many of them to stay relevant.
    Good riddance!

    PS. 98.5 has NO chance against 850 am. We've seen many start up sports stations try and fail against them in recent years and they will follow suit.

    Posted by jon weeks August 11, 09 10:36 PM
  1. I loved listening to the station because of the DJ's and how they always seemed to have so much fun at what they did and how it never seemed (to me at least) scripted. These past 4 days made me love WBCN even more then before because it shows how what my Dad grew up on and how influential the station truly was to the shaping of Rock as we know it. Whether it was Bradly J and crew gitty because they stole and smoked David Bowie's half smoked cig, the police giving BCN a shout out at their hall of fame ceremony to the first interview with a 21 year old Bono and 19 year old Edge of U2..... Goodbye WBCN, at least I will truly miss you!

    Posted by Dan August 11, 09 10:44 PM
  1. This is a sad time. I reiterate what everyone else is saying - "if they played what they played for the last four days we wouldn't be having this conversation". I have now become realy angry that some idiots are responsible for the demise of BCN - and yes, this station has been on its way out since Stern came on the AM show. Stern was great but he broke up the Band - i.e. Charles to Ken to Mark (oh Sweet Jane just came on - sweeeeet!) . What made this station great was not only the music but the unique interaction of the DJ's . They say chemistry is everything and it was no more evident at this station than in the late 70's through the early 90's. Think about it - how many station call outs do you remember? BCN had some really creative ones that stuck in your head. In many cases you didnt even need a watch to know the time - 9:45 michigas; 10:10 Coffee with Ken: teh noontime whistle (I remember the Heart spoff "I'm going to throw Graaaaavy on you, graaaaavyyyy on you...) Comedy at 5:05 - anyone remember "ding dong. Bomer calling"! What about Dwayne's diatribe on Three Mile Island. Such great memories. When I put the radio on it was ALWAYS tuned to BCN - there was nothing else....and now..... what are the choices? Oedipus - use your majic and drum up something - the competition is a joke!

    RIP BCN - you were a huge part of my teens/20's and 30's - I'm angry!


    Dave B

    Posted by Dave B August 11, 09 10:53 PM
  1. This is such a bittersweet time for me, listening to the final hour of WBCN. The station I listened to through the late 1990's or early 2000's which had so many wonderful personalities, playlists, groundbreaking artist debuts and performances throughout their 41 years...No other station in Boston can hold a candle to what BCN has brought to the city, even in its last few years.

    However, this side of Adam12, who himself grew up listening to WBCN, there was no one left worth listening to. I do not blame WBCN, I blame the radio industry. CBS slowly and painfully killed this station, this institution with the shallow playlists, fewer top-notch shows, and more mid-major talents.. I am sorry it is gone but seeing what it has become, it is time.

    Good-bye old friend. I'll remember the good-old days we shared when I listen to the rock stations on Sirius-XM.

    Posted by DJ August 11, 09 11:18 PM
  1. Good call, Dave A (post #49). Bradley Jay even played that song tonight sometime around 9:30, 10:00. Very appropriate.

    I'm burning the midnight oil, listening to the end. It was very weird, tuning in to hear Bradley Jay. The memories of the station and all they have done for music, both locally and nationally, will be cherished. Thank You, WBCN!!!

    Posted by Pete V August 11, 09 11:31 PM
  1. Yeah, right, gabye!

    Posted by Jane X Jones August 11, 09 11:57 PM
  1. Nothing but static............

    Posted by R.I.P. August 12, 09 12:03 AM
  1. For years and years, there was this annoying interruption on WBZ radio broadcasting the Bruins games. Why, oh why, are they not on a sports radio station. There were two 50KW sports radio stations here plus a suburban station. Finally, the Bruins finally have a new home. Congratulations. I didn't care where they went, as long as they wound up somewhere. So, actually, there is wonderful news about all of this.

    Posted by Finally August 12, 09 12:12 AM
  1. Very sad.....almost wish I hadn't listened until 12:00....

    Posted by Patsin2009 August 12, 09 12:14 AM
  1. Last three songs...
    That's Life by Frank Sinatra
    I Feel Free by Cream
    Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd. (Perfect choice Bradley. Perhaps the best "last song" ever. You were right: nobody can question that on ANY level.)
    Then a neat montage spanning the whole history...
    The words "Over and Out" by the COSMIC MUFFIN. The last guy to speak was Daryl Martini! I think tomorrow will be a 9, maybe a 10! (Get that one?)
    .....then... static. Wow, that was well done.

    Posted by Carlos the Computer August 12, 09 12:26 AM
  1. Shine on you crazy diamond..

    Posted by J August 12, 09 12:35 AM
  1. Charles had a very bad, dramatic temper and was mean to underlings. It doesn't surprise me that he blew off the farewell. You had to walk on eggshells around that guy.

    Posted by biscuits August 12, 09 12:51 AM
  1. At around 11:45, I opened up the windows in my car, cranked the volume to the right and drove past my college and about 5 places in Boston that I lived in over the years as Pink Floyd came over the air. For those last 12 minutes as I pondered everything from Syd Barrett to life as an "adult," I was 13 again and angling a coat hanger in my bedroom to catch Cha-Chi and Oedipus through the static past Worcester if I was lucky. The static hit my speakers tonight somewhere around the Mods at BC. Call me nostalgic. Thanks for the memories.

    Posted by Tom August 12, 09 12:53 AM
  1. Well said, Hoss! I too have grown tired of these old-fart baby boomers-who have turned into their own parents and just about as relevant-with closed ears and closed minds living in 1975. The 60's was more bs myth than reality and the 70's and 80's had sooo much crap mixed in with the good stuff, it would take all day to name it. Besides, just like FM once replaced the tire, old, boringly straight AM, ipods and the net and alternative stations have rid the world of tired, old, boringly straight FM radio. Things change, and yes, old-timers, sometimes for the better!

    Posted by Rob B August 12, 09 01:27 AM
  1. Godspeed...

    Posted by Jon August 12, 09 01:37 AM
  1. Hey hoss I am 51 and lived bcn for many years, it is still the greatest music ever, moved to maine sorrily and there is nothing like bcn here and never will be... the crap they call music these days is just that crap. todays music helps destroy minds creates gansta' and influences our youth to a useless ignorant and disrespectull attitudes

    Posted by Mike of the good old days August 12, 09 05:54 AM
  1. WBCN was great when it played only classical music. It became junk when it switched to rock.

    Posted by Richard August 12, 09 05:57 AM
  1. Sad and yet apt send-off for the station. Loved the last four days! The history, back stories, calls from the past and unreal playlist of songs brought me way back. I find myself amazed that the dj makes such a difference because there are so few out there that clearly love music and recognize the history. Carter still carries the local torch but can't play some things he would surely play if it were the old 'BCN. I started listening as a kid in the 70s--head against transistor and pillow as my parents came in to check on me sleeping; I ended listening last night after checking on my own kids' sleeping. That's one hell of a run. Thanks WBCN!!!

    Posted by Conor Maguire August 12, 09 07:04 AM
  1. I happened to see a group of BCN, interns or promotional guys making fun of and abusing a teenager who worked at Spooky World. These guys are pretentious and arrogant jerks. Which makes no sense because I haven't heard any fresh music on this channel in a decade. I am upset that I will no longer be able to tune in to 104.1 and catch "Spoonman" for the thousandth time. Remember Opie and Anthony? This channel hasn't been about the music for as long as I remember, I guess things were different in the beginning, I'm sorry things changed.

    Posted by meanween76 August 12, 09 07:13 AM
  1. I'm 38. If WBCN is so great, why have the ratings been terrible for the last 9 years? If so many people are so upset, why weren't they listening? Oh yeah, because the station has s*cked since 1992. Wake up, lemmings. You miss the 1970's and 1980's WBCN which basically went off the air long ago. WBCN played the same 12 groups from the grunge 1990's for the LAST FIFTEEN YEARS!!!

    The terrestrial radio industry is like any other business, they aim for the largest audience and profits. Rock radio is dead. It's not just WBCN. Stop moaning and groaning and sounding like angry old white folk in the the 1960's when their kids didn't appreciate Lawrence Welk and other such antiquated musical tastes.

    Posted by Hoss August 12, 09 07:24 AM
  1. Huzzah, Richard, huzzah!

    Posted by biscuits August 12, 09 07:25 AM
  1. I remember when FM radio was the home of classical music only. Then some started playing rock with poor results. Anybody remember the robotic automated pop station? Then came BCN. It singlehandedly made rock the staple of the FM dial. I am not sure if folks under 50 can appreciate what BCN did. But like everything else things change. I, at 68, hardly listen to radio for music anymore.
    My ipod, playing through the radio does just fine. BCN will live forever in our minds.

    Posted by Cliff McKay August 12, 09 07:36 AM
  1. I'm still hoping to read an article about rock or rock radio that doesn't include the word "legendary."

    Posted by Aggromerchant August 12, 09 07:41 AM
  1. How about a station with 70s only metal and hard rock? Now that I'd listen to

    Posted by Patty B August 12, 09 07:43 AM
  1. In the spirit of "The Rock of Boston": The article is a brief summation and a sign off. How about the negative jerks who claim we are all hanging on just go elsewhere? If an old teacher you had was great once you would let her have her day, yeah? That is the case here. 'BCN may have been lame for some time--but it wasn't always. Satelite and the like that play music seldom supply the history or rock the boat via the music. They just say obnoxious things for the sake of them--rather like the jerks who love their own negative voice here. I know you have a right...blah blah...go listen to your ipod and keep pretending you are the dj and program director. Let the others shine on.

    Posted by cmags August 12, 09 07:50 AM
  1. Hoss is right on. All these old farts are mentioning todays music is not as good as when they were teenagers in the 60's and 70's are showing their ignorance. They sound just like their parents did when their parents touted how much Elvis and Fats Domino were so much better than the Beatles. WBCN did s*ck. They played the same rotation of bands over and over again and were never cutting edge. Who cares anyways.

    If someone was smart, they would buy off the WBCN call-letters and 104.1 radio frequency and start BCN all over again as a Boston, hometown independant station focusing on local talent and underground. Its a college town, thus the demand would be there. The formula worked before.

    As for satelite radio, it s*cks also. If your into strapping a 20 foot antenna to your house and moving it daily everytime a cloud floats by, just to pick up a signal, and buying hundreds of dollars worth of satelite equipment, then satelite is for you.

    Posted by bahhhoo August 12, 09 07:57 AM
  1. It's fitting that Cream's I Feel Free was the second last song and that the Cosmic Muffin signed off (I loved his reports - "mystical Neptune"). I listen to WUMB 91.9 now and love it. They play a nice mix of old and new stuff. There is a show on Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to noon called Highway 61 Revisited that is awesome. And no commercials!!!!!

    Posted by celticsfan56 August 12, 09 08:03 AM
  1. I don't know about anyone else, but I was sad to turn on the radio this morning and hear "Mix 104" on 104.1 and on 98.5 a lot of hoopla about moving to 104 "Go there if you are looking for us..."

    So long BCN - I will stream online as I can and heck maybe I *will* by an HD tuner to check out the free form program...that is after all what made BCN BCN!

    Posted by Jess August 12, 09 08:09 AM
  1. WBCN is dead. Long live WBCN.
    I got drunk for the first time in my life (age 16) at the WBCN fireworks. I attended two River Raves, one of which I won tickets to on the radio. I was at the Northshore Mall in Peabody when WBCN recreated the Turkey Drop from a helicopter from WKRP in Cincinnati, complete with Richard Sanders making an appearance as Les Nessman. I listened to The Big Mattress every morning, then I was a regular Howard Stern listener. WBCN has been integral in my cultural and social development.
    Thank you WBCN.

    Posted by Disillusion Ed August 12, 09 08:10 AM
  1. Radio is entertainment. An iPod is a music collection. They both have their place.

    How about on Sunday mornings they used to call some guy at a newsstand in Cambridge and he would read the headlines.

    Posted by DWilliams August 12, 09 08:16 AM
  1. My older brother turned me on to BCN when I was a little kid,and he would tape the live shows from the Tea Party on his reel to reel.My brother and BCN influenced what I grew up liking musicly as a kid.I'm all most 50 now,and my station is gone.Good or bad,104.1was my station for all most as long as they were on the air.
    RIP WBCN
    peace jim.

    Posted by jim August 12, 09 08:29 AM
  1. Never ever thought BCN would go the way of WMEX and other forgotten Boston stations. BCN was far and away the best for years, and still turned to it in later years when the news and sports talk became repetetive. Could usually count on something listenable being aired.

    I guess the IPOD, ITUNES and the I generation wins again.
    BCN was a classic, and will never be forgotten.

    104.1 The Rock of Boston

    Posted by stevejbr August 12, 09 08:35 AM
  1. As painful as a death of one million cuts, and similar to the obnoxiously drawn out "Farewell to Friends" campaign. Alright already! Buy-bye...

    NEXT!

    Posted by big dummy August 12, 09 08:42 AM
  1. #89 - I'm really not convinced that there's anything wrong with "today's music". The next time Franz Ferdinand "creates gansta' and influences our youth to a useless ignorant and disrespectull attitudes" will likely be the first.

    More than anything, I mourn the loss of another option to dodge commercials. Herb Chambers is not my idea of good listening.

    Posted by maelduin August 12, 09 08:48 AM
  1. heres one everyone forgot about, BCN playing "war of the Worlds" on Holloween every year! it was a lot of fun growing up to BCN , to bad CBS bleed them to death.
    Thanks to all that made it great! As for CBS your about to blow it again!

    Posted by Scott August 12, 09 08:50 AM
  1. The youngsters posting here will never get it. BCN was more than the music. Music was the fuel that drove it. BCN united an entire community. Yeah, I listen to iTunes now. I get to listen to an array of music nurtured from years of listening to BCN (and BLM in Maine - they were good back then,too, just not as good as the original), If Charles was a tyrant to work for, so be it. He put on a great show day in and day out. That show had SOOOO many elements that had to flow correctly. Having worked in radio 27 years trying to emulate the great BCN, I know how much planning that takes. And then when you just wing it, you have a better shot at pulling off because you're so prepared. I wish I had tapes of some of those old shows. Some great live shows, like Warren Zevon at, I think, Spit in 1980. We all know time moves on. Forgive us our nostalgia for a great piece of Boston history.

    Posted by Cap'n Geech August 12, 09 08:51 AM
  1. Hey everyone, WGIR The Morning Buzz in NH has been my favorite since the changes started happening at BCN years ago... check 'em out. Intelligent and funny, good tunes with respect for all the genres in Rock.

    Posted by Squid August 12, 09 09:03 AM
  1. "(only the Dropkicks are good now). "

    Spoken like someone who never goes out to see local bands. Dropkicks aren't even the best band of their genre in this town.

    Posted by Johnny Whistle August 12, 09 09:05 AM
  1. Wbcn has really sucked for at least the past ten years.

    Posted by Nobbielab August 12, 09 09:05 AM
  1. Being a Sirius subscriber, I only listened to WBCN during Pats games until the NFL channel had better coverage. I think 'BCN signed off years ago.

    Posted by Casey August 12, 09 09:09 AM
  1. Oh, if only the programming had been that eclectic for, like, the last fifteen years. I know this story has been cast as "Corporate Masters ruin Local Institution", but the truth is that WBCN's fate was sealed when it became a jockocracy of rah-rah Pats fans and superannuated frat rats. The music took a back seat to the Stern wannabes, all the engaging on-air personalities left or were forced out, and whatever had made WBCN special was gone.

    Posted by Gibblegabble August 12, 09 09:10 AM
  1. Lets face it, Stern called it, the sensors and the fcc killed any kind of free form creativity on terrestrial radio... I've noticed over the last 5 years since I moved to boston that all the radio stations went down hill in variety and character. I just didn't want to listen anymore, it wasn't funny and you can only listen to the same 5 songs so long. I didn't think it would be this bad but when Stern left, sponsors left with him, all the radio stations around scrambled for new talent but no such luck... like a dying animal radio is taking it's last gasp of air until all you hear is static and silence.

    Posted by Ddavid9 August 12, 09 09:18 AM
  1. BCN died as soon as Howard Stern went on air. I listened to BCN when I got out of the USAF and went to school at UMASS_Boston downtown back in 1969. A good radio station gone down from the whims of the listening public.

    Posted by neponset August 12, 09 09:19 AM
  1. Did anyone play Rock and Roll by the Velvet Underground?

    Posted by heyjoe August 12, 09 09:21 AM
  1. We are supposed to hate our children's music, like our parents did ours, and like their parents did theirs.
    BCN rocked Boston throughout my high school and college years. I will miss it dearly.
    Carlos, Yoop, Dwayne,Carter,Oedipus, Maxanne, Charles and all the rest.
    THANK YOU for all the good times, and they were many.

    Posted by johntherealist August 12, 09 09:33 AM
  1. Did anyone mention Tracy Roach did evenings in the late 70's? I missed her on the farewell.

    Posted by BruceK August 12, 09 09:44 AM
  1. After weathering top 40 AM radio stations for much of my early teens, I excitedly tuned in to ‘BCN the second night it was on in March of 1968. (I hadn’t heard about it in time for the first, opening night.) And for a dozen or more years after that, ‘BCN was the soundtrack to Boston’s rock community. It was free-form radio, going deep into album cuts, and it was one of a number of new stations across the US in the late sixties. (Remember in the late seventies, after the DJ strike, when Charles came back on the air at last? Remember his first song – “Everyone’s A Winner” by Hot Chocolate?) But, oh, long about the early eighties, when the alternative scene had sprung up, I had pretty much exclusively switched my listening to Boston’s college radio stations, for the newer cutting edge music. Eventually BCN began to catch up, incorporating alternative sounds into their commercial rock, but for many people, it was too late. The former free-wheeling format had been co-opted and formalized, as commercial radio in general had. Some of the commenters here misunderstand why people lament ‘BCN’s passing. I think it’s more what the original ‘BCN epitomized – that kind of cutting edge, anti-commercial spirit, which is harder to find these days. I don’t miss ‘BCN per se, but that spirit, which I still find alive and well in some of the college stations (‘ERS, ‘MBR, ‘ZBC, etc.).

    Posted by redglare2 August 12, 09 09:44 AM
  1. The more things change the more things remain the same. RIP BCN. You have sucked for a long time. In my mind you were last relevant about 1982 when I discovered Y102 (Now FNX) You were one of the first to pander to corporate guidelines. You could set your watch by the repetitive nature of the top 40 rock tunes of the day they endlessly played. BCN would wait for a band to hit it big before it would ever make it on the station during the 80's While they may take credit for U2 it was months after the first album was released before BCN had it in the "rotation". The only show worth listening to was Nocturnal Emmisions on Sunday night where Oedipus could play Gang of Four, Ministry, The Smiths and other newer music. Others have stated Sirius/XM is the way to go. Consistent signal your choice of music no commercials. I have to agree as a subscriber since 2004.
    O and A may be funny but their track record of failure speaks for itself. BTW the BCN show was the O and A sattelite show.

    Posted by librag August 12, 09 09:45 AM
  1. WBCN was a great station at one time, but had gone the way of all that crap that's on radio today. talk, talk, talk and the pop rock crap did them in.
    Anyway internet radio is the say to go... jango, last.fm,slacker,live365 is where I get my music today

    Posted by lac August 12, 09 09:46 AM
  1. Does anyone know what Ken Shelton is doing these days? I couldn't find anything online, and I sure would love to hear his voice again. I miss hearing him.

    Posted by Heyduke August 12, 09 09:49 AM
  1. DON't CARE!!

    Posted by pz3 August 12, 09 09:54 AM
  1. Satellite and ipods killed the radio star.

    Posted by JJBloxsom August 12, 09 09:55 AM
  1. I grew up on WBCN and its the only station that I know and love. It was my pleasure to have my playlist featured with Adam 12.
    Bradley J , Juanita, Mark Hamilton, and Hardy were great DJs.

    It will be missed and Mix will not be played in my Car!

    Posted by Chris August 12, 09 09:57 AM
  1. What the hell is HD radio? Commecials in HD I guess. Sirius since 2005 never looked back. A cheap Walmart MP3 player is more entertaining than free regular radio.

    Posted by Hoge August 12, 09 10:05 AM
  1. We have a similar station in Chicago, WXRT, which dates back to 72, and was an outgrowth of the underground station that preceeded it, WGLD, with many of the same jocks early on, but truly that station was never the same since 76 when they started playing taped commercials from ordinary sponsors with a subtle reduction in their then wide open playlist, re much less borderline avant garde stuff, and, admittedly, or, sickeningly, I think their listenership increased like, 5 fold. Later they were purchased by one of those clear channel deals, and became that much more streamlined, likely an increased listenership, still a little better than the classic rockers but not much, but apparently it is what people want, eight minute long commercial breaks from all your favorite sponsors. I understand some old friend of Miles Davis asked him in the eighties why he was playing as he did, to which Miles responded, "people want shit"
    Someone up there had the opinion of lumping Jethro Tull in there with Boston and Journey, not saying it isn't valid, but the early days of progressive radio Tull were amongst its most heralded bands, even termed the darlings of the underground. I do think history has been particularly unkind to that band, and because they have not been played much on the radio beyond a couple of songs for about 35 years, people cannot see that this notion is probably incorrect, mere arena rockers. But what they could do to an arena was pretty impressive, spellbound. So I am raising one to the band I think history has been more unkind to than any other, Jethro Tull.

    Posted by ray August 12, 09 10:22 AM
  1. TOTALLY agree with Vivalselvis

    Posted by JMF August 12, 09 10:41 AM
  1. how about lighting the smoking lamp @ 5 pm?

    Posted by nopieme August 12, 09 10:54 AM
  1. Let's be clear about one thing. 92.9 is NOT a good station. Not only was it the final nail in WBCN's coffin, but it's hurting the revenues at truly great independent stations like WFNX and The River. 92.9 plays the tired 90s hits that once defined "alternative" but are now just overplayed audio wallpaper. And they play awful schlock-rock like Nickelback. They don't play anything new, interesting, or eclectic. They're everything that was bad about WBCN with none of the traits that made WBCN good.

    Posted by frankfurter August 12, 09 11:06 AM
  1. so many of the comments make me get all juicy. anyone remember Randy kirshbomb. or Karheren Louran. ya really go to hate cbs for the way they destroyed this wonderful station. I think if they just stepped aside and let free form rule, most of us wouldn't be sobbing today.

    Posted by Les R. August 12, 09 11:09 AM
  1. I have read and agree with all the comments that Stern, football, corporate rock, etc., contributed to the decline of 'BCN.

    That's not the point, though.

    The point is, for many of us, WBCN during its heyday was a big part of our lives as kids and young adults. The recent events are something like reading the obituary of a good friend from your childhood with whom you lost touch, say, when you moved away.

    What a trip it has been to hear the recounting of thousands of memories that I have actuall shared, and to realize that we wer all part of the same vibe going out over the airwaves over those many years. For example, last night's replaying of the coverage of David Bowie's concert at "Sullivan Stadium." I was at that show! And I remember the radio coverage driving up to the stadium. And I remember exactly how the rain stopped when Bowie took the stage. And how Stevie Ray Vaughn rocked.

    Even though I haven't listened regularly in years, 104.1 has always had a place of honor on my car radio pre-sets.

    Lastly, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" was an inspired choice. I too drove around while listening to the last songs. Kenmore Square, Mass. Ave. -- the ghosts were out in force.

    Lastly, I would just like to ask: have you ever been phoned in Upton Mass. for being lucky wise guy?What a trip it has been

    Posted by nandlsdad August 12, 09 11:13 AM
  1. "The real BCN was a station run by people not afraid to take risks and experiment. They made listening fun. Once the corporate tools took over it became 50,000 watts of just-add-water radio..."

    BINGO! It wasn't the specific songs, artists or even genres that were played which made up BCN. Those changed a lot from the late 60's till the early 90's. BCN really *was* the hugely talented and creative people that provided the public a phenomenally entertaining station to listen to. 24 by 7! Deregulation, CBS and corporate radio (a revolving cast of lame shock jocks didn't help) couldn't do that. At all

    Posted by Ken August 12, 09 11:19 AM
  1. I like my IPod, but it ain't BCN. I doubt we'll ever---and I mean ever---hear people talking about their IPods and MP3 players the way people are talking here about BCN. IPods are no substitute for radio done right. And here's a prediction: I give the FM sports experiment in this town two years, tops. Pats and Bs are nice, but you really need the Sox...without them, it's an uphill climb. And we may see the return of the Rock to 104.1 in our lifetimes...but CBS, don't even dream of bringing it back unless you're committed to doing it right.

    Posted by vicious August 12, 09 11:26 AM
  1. I really enjoyed this station for many years. I even played guest DJ for an hour a few years ago. Although I'll mourn this loss for a while, I've been satisfied with Sirius. I guess I'll have to take 104.1 off my car radio preset, and switch to 98.5 for Pats games!

    Posted by Bob Kaye August 12, 09 11:26 AM
  1. Not to nitpick, nopieme comment 130, but I am pretty sure that the guy "lightiong the smoking lamp" was Robert J Desidario on WCOZ 94.5. Remember how he used to read from "The Hobbit" after that? Kids today couldn't possibly realize how weird it was.

    I you were listening (and participating) back then, you can certainly be excused a brief moment of confusion. I am surprised so many of us remember much of anything at all!

    Speaking of WCOZ, I have to give props -- as I recall it really 'COZ that broke the Cars by relentlessy playing their self-made demo tape of "Just What I Needed" around 1978. No one else was playing them at all as far I could tell. I thought they were destined to be another great unsung Boston band. Then in the summer of 1979, I was traveling around on an extended vacation, woke up in a park in Amsterdam one morning, stumbled around looking for some breakfast and came across a guy washing his car -- with "My Best Friend's Girl" blasting out of the stereo.

    Since we are deep in nostalgia, does anyone remember who did that song: "Gina, Where Are You?"

    Posted by nandlsdad August 12, 09 11:31 AM
  1. Ok, I think we're all over it now.

    Posted by Schwillypete-2 August 12, 09 11:46 AM
  1. Just so many great memories surfaced during these last few days of WBCN. The soundtrack of my youth. The eclectic variety of rock, turning us on to new bands and great tunes. Those great DJ's that pushed the limits and entertained us for so many years. I'll admit that although I have 104.1 preset on my radios, I really haven't been a regular listener for the last 15 years or so. But listenening these past few days to the old DJ's and a lot of the crazy songs, and bits and interviews, I am sad that this great Boston institution is now gone. Nevertheless, we will Rock On!

    Posted by Igster August 12, 09 11:47 AM
  1. ...my Kloss went soft in a splash of chunder
    my stylus ran off with a two-bit wonder
    my rotation died when the corporates took control

    the sheeple went disco, I'm a crazy ol' fool
    they cut my rock set lists with the payola tool
    there's a hole in the sky where a meteor used to shine...

    Posted by OneMoreBicycle August 12, 09 11:50 AM
  1. 'BCN has been truly terrible for the past decade and a half. Then again the music industry in general has been terrible for the past decade an a half. The best music has been where it always has been - underground, in a matter of speaking.

    If WBCN had been permitted to broadcast in a manner that they did from the late '60s to the mid-late '80s I guarantee the quality "underground" music would be heard on 104.1 as part of the programming. Instead the station went the way of every other piss poor tightly formatted radio station in the nation. In fact, all those who hail the college stations as a last bastion of solid cutting edge broadcasting are sadly mistaken as they are as miserable in their musical choices as any other. Soon all will fall and what will be left (hopefully) is another "American Revolution" on the airwaves fought by a new generation of DJs and programmers who eschew iTunes, corporate greed and the FCC and put the integrity of the music first.

    To those about to rock...I salute you.

    Posted by RugBurn August 12, 09 11:53 AM
  1. Went Sirius two years ago and haven't looked back. Got damn sick and tired of endless DJ blabber and radio employees dishing about the in-crowd party they went to last night. Shut up and play music, maybe a little nugget here and there about the history of the band or a song, a few words not long rambling "listen to us, aren't we so kewl" discussions ... $150 or so a year, no commercials, no endless chatting, no stupid inside jokes, just music music music and what *I* want to hear not whatever piece of pap is currently popular and on once-an-hour rotation. I used to love 'BCN back in the day, I also used to love shoulder pads and AquaNet ... too bad they lost they plot

    Posted by Inf August 12, 09 11:58 AM
  1. Did Carlos the Computer and Collette the Coke Machine ever marry?
    BCN made its living on
    - "on air" personalities that you wanted to hang with
    - finding the next wave of music that would dominate the airwaves: e.g. U2

    The formula still works, but CBS Radio cannot execute it.
    Thanks for nothing CBS Radio

    Posted by RonBorges August 12, 09 12:00 PM
  1. Talk about nostalgia WBCN gone... Michael Jackson.. gone... I feel as though I've relived my youth these past few weeks. For better for worse I am now old but really enjoyed reliving the ride the 80's were a frivilous carefreee time in retrospect.

    Posted by jj August 12, 09 12:05 PM
  1. Why did they bother salvaging the train wreck that is Toucher and Rich? Those guys suck.

    Posted by mike August 12, 09 12:16 PM
  1. WBCN went down tubes a long, long time ago, and a lot of people out there were real young, or not even around in the Big Mattress days, when this was as good as a rock station can get. But thanks for the photos and the coverage of this passing, just the same

    I'll hang on to ZLX until they kill it too, and/or all of us old people die out and the music is replaced with that nasty hip-hop stuff

    Posted by Ava August 12, 09 12:24 PM
  1. They should have played more Pink Floyd when they were not being shut down.

    Posted by Dan August 12, 09 12:27 PM
  1. Well, we're minus one rock station today. I agree with other posts that said that WBCN hasn't really been a good station for years. Having said that, I haven't been a regular listener for years either. The Program Directors around here have no clue how to program a solid rock station and I've since moved onto Satelite Radio. Ever since I've gotten my license in '96, 104.1 has always been my #2 preset on my radio (sadly behind WAAF which is just as bad if not worse) and I listened right up until the end last night. The death of 'BCN marked the end of an era.

    About 30 seconds into the "static" last night though they did a station ID "104.1 WBMX", ugh!!! Just disgusting!!!

    Good luck terrestrial radio- you're going to need it!!!

    Posted by Tom B August 12, 09 12:33 PM
  1. Yeah. What a loss. NOT.

    Posted by Mark August 12, 09 12:47 PM
  1. WCOZ
    Originally owned by Herald-Traveler Corp., parent of the Boston Herald-Traveler newspaper, the station was sold to Blair Radio in 1972, and in the 1980s to Sconnix. Several ownership changes followed which eventually resulted in Clear Channel acquiring WJMN.

    In the summer of 1975, WCOZ announced that it would change its format to album-oriented rock, which it did on August 15th of that year. Although automated at first, a team of live announcers was hired, led by Ken Shelton and program director Clark Smidt. By the end of 1975, WCOZ had live announcers around the clock that also included George Taylor Morris, Leslie Palmiter, Lisa Karlin, Marc Parenteau and Robert Desiderio. WCOZ's format was tightened significantly in 1978, when new Program Director Tommy Hadges arrived from arch rival WBCN. Marc Parenteau simultaneously defected to WBCN, at that point.

    In 1980, another new program director John Sebastian arrived and made some changes. WCOZ was still a rock station, but its focus was tightened to loud, hard rock (or "Kick-Ass Rock 'N Roll", according to the station's slogan) with minimal announcer talk and short play list. It was extremely successful, peaking with a phenomenal 13.1 in the ratings, in 1982, but with the changes in rock music during the 1980s, the station's success did not last; its rival WBCN moved past it in the ratings. By late 1983, WCOZ had changed formats to a short lived Adult Contemporary format.

    Posted by 1 hundred and 1 tons of fun August 12, 09 12:51 PM
  1. #133 has it right on. We all know BCN's time is long gone, and that you can't bring back the past. Maybe even radio's time is gone. Us old farts are ALSO listening to ipods. Heck, my DAD is 70 and he has one.

    We're just remembering something great, and honoring it.

    Posted by Really Rockin' In Boston August 12, 09 12:54 PM
  1. Cried all day yesterday -lost a loyal friend- an era in Boston is gone - Bravo Bradley J.!!!

    Posted by big purple August 12, 09 01:09 PM
  1. Rosko
    Scott Muni
    Jonathan Schwartz
    Alison "The Night Bird" Steele
    Zacherley
    Liquid Todd
    Little Walter's Time Machine

    No one cares about the railroads any more...

    Posted by You Old Goat August 12, 09 01:13 PM
  1. Goodbye Rangoon!

    Posted by Old Dude August 12, 09 01:25 PM
  1. Back in its day there was indeed a smartness to the station. Along with this intellect came the youthful rebellion that was common amongst its DJ's. The music complimented the antics and visceral worlds were created with "The Big Mattress", 'Noon time whistle" and afternoon bar and grille. You could go out to local clubs and run into these DJ's catching the hottest local acts. Major bands such as Aerosmith, Boston, The Cars, JGeils drove the scene. Much the same as time closed on the personalities the station and scene simply ran its course. XM radio provides a great catalog of songs but loses the local flavor that at one time BCN and the music scene gave to its listeners. All I can say is thanks.

    Posted by sk88ts August 12, 09 01:26 PM
  1. I found BCN one day a long time ago. I was sixteen and it was right around the time Bobby Kennedy was assasinated. I was tired of hearing about it and started searching the radio stations. I stumbled across BCN and the music was awesome. I am now 56 and live way up north in the mountains of New Hampshire, but every time I visit Boston I tune into BCN. The station is gone but not the memories. At my age I still listen to alternative rock with my 14 year old son Zach. It's all about the music, and I predict history will repeat itself someday and a wise person will bring back a format similar to what WBCN was all about.

    Posted by Tony Rocco Bartlett, NH August 12, 09 01:29 PM
  1. Today is a very sad day. I agree with folks who believe the last 10 years at the station were not it's finest but it was still a lot better than the crap being played today on other stations. The younger generation don't get it. Real music is not about image,bling-bling, or who's dating who that seems to drive music these days. It's about being about to read, write, and compose music.

    Posted by Joe August 12, 09 01:35 PM
  1. For the past 15 years here has been WBCN's play list:

    Nirvana
    Pearl Jam
    Smashing Pumpkins.

    That is it. They had no variety at all so I stopped listening years ago. Yes it is sad they are off they air but they brought this on themselves with their constant Nirvana/Pear Jam/Smaching pumpkins combo over and over.


    Posted by Ensoul August 12, 09 01:36 PM
  1. Listened from the beginning, truly. Stopped listening years ago. Used to open reel tape the shows and then ship to my cousin in 'Nam, and often it was pre-release albums. It was great fun especially being a "Gradjit from the Dummy School"
    Remember bringing an Yardbirds album, an import, and having the DJ (Mississippi Harold Wilson(?) play it live while we sat in the studio on Stuart St.
    It was the only station in Boston for many years and only succumbed when Corp Radio ruined it.
    It was already gone and missed but this event finally let me mourn it.

    Posted by Shnake August 12, 09 01:37 PM
  1. BCN was part of my youth and I will always remember...when Dwayne Ingalls Glasscock took over the station for an entire weekend, we tried to get into the studio on top of the Pru and almost succeeded...people would call in on a Sat. am with their Fri night antics, very naughty stuff (hey, it was 1975)...Charles used to make crank phone calls based on listener's letters. I sent one for a friend who had moved back to Boston from Cali and it was selected...Charles' show would end with "misegats" (sp?) that would lead into Ken Sheldon's show, into Mark P's...that had been over a long time ago. Thanks for the great music and being a huge part of my life

    Posted by Mary August 12, 09 01:46 PM
  1. please come on back to the future folks...i know, it was fun back in the early days but its time to grow up now...and please eat your broccoli.

    Posted by Pope John Paul 1 (deceased) August 12, 09 02:14 PM
  1. Thank g'd we still have AAF.. when they play music. Radio died when MTV shot into our lives, right around 1983... I alway turned to BCN to see if they had some good music on since.... 1971.. to about 1983... disco sucked and BCN stayed on freeform through it, Thanks1.. but, now that BCN folded I will have a hard time finding anything on the radio to listen to! Guess I will just have to load my 6 cd changer as I will NOT pay for Radio! Period....

    Posted by ChazD August 12, 09 02:24 PM
  1. I heard Bradley J.'s final sign-off as he told how "rock and roll is a medicine-when your girlfriend leaves you...when you lose a job, you turn it up." And what a benediction he gave to his listeners:
    "To all who have put a needle on a record,
    to all who've sold a spot on WBCN...
    to all of you, on this side of the microphone,
    and on the other...
    Goodbye and peace!"
    And what a great way to close out 41 years of great rock and roll history. I will miss you on the air, but I'll join you online!

    Posted by Richard Clifford August 12, 09 02:29 PM
  1. 1 hundred and 1 tons of fun
    Is that you Bev tilden???

    That was a blast workin at COZ with you, Carla Leonardo and the Warfrat!

    Posted by ChazD August 12, 09 02:31 PM
  1. Howard Stern - WBCN - All losers in the end.

    Posted by pj1 August 12, 09 02:37 PM
  1. ...By morning, the station was pop station Mix 104. No further comment needed. Ugh!

    Posted by CityChick August 12, 09 03:24 PM
  1. Hey!! WROR came back and WBCN can TOO! If it makes sense to make money in free form music , somebody will figure it out!

    Posted by ChazD August 12, 09 03:29 PM
  1. Have you ever been phoned in Upton Mass for being a lucky wiseguy?

    Posted by Duane G. August 12, 09 03:32 PM
  1. I'm very relieved that Toucher and Rich are sticking around...

    But honestly- corporate radio just plain stinks. I am so tired of the music manufactured at the American Pop Trash Factory that is stuck blaring on our radios. There is now only ONE alternative rock station in Boston.

    This is pretty much why I have completely switched over to my iPhone and only ever listen to shows I like- such as T&R.

    As long as teenie-boppers and people with NO musical taste continue to make Britney Spears, The Black Eyes Peas, Miley Cyrus and others rich. That what's going to be stuck on our radios.

    God Bless the iPhone/ iPod...

    Posted by HatePOP August 12, 09 03:41 PM
  1. WBCN was what FM radio was.
    As I listened from Worcester in the late 60s and early 70s it made a mark.
    Charles L, Danny Schecter, and if I remember Peter Wolf late night. It is too bad those days of originality have past. Today's radio is a shodow of those days. Luckily some college stations care on with non-computerized repetitive programing.
    BCN had a place and did a job. Its history and the stories will begin.

    Posted by Roadhog August 12, 09 03:55 PM
  1. I just read all the reply's good and bad.
    Just want to say that I will miss WBCN.
    A fan since the early 70's. What to listen to now??? WMBR I guess. And yes you hooked me on to Howard.
    Thanks for the fun and the memories.
    And I get my sports on AM.
    I SSSSSOOOOO enjoyed the last 4 days. Brought back alot of my youth. And my kids remember alot too.
    And alot of it was fun...
    Thanks WBCN I'll always have you.


    Thanks BCN


    Posted by corky August 12, 09 03:58 PM
  1. I'm knocked out because as the second Karlos the Computer, I can't get over how many people remember him!!

    Posted by Karlos' brain #2 August 12, 09 04:04 PM
  1. I was one of the two writers/programmers for Karlos, and I'm just KNOCKED OUT how many people remember him fondly.

    No, he never got married; not legal in Massachusetts.

    Posted by Karlos II August 12, 09 04:09 PM
  1. 98.7 or 98.5, it does not matter. Felger will still be unlistenable radio

    Posted by Matthew G. August 12, 09 04:14 PM
  1. How can you play Floyd for your last song? A bunch of whining psyco-babble crap........BCN deserves to die.

    Posted by fzappa August 12, 09 04:18 PM
  1. On April 01 in whatever year the wrong thing happened to rock & roll radio. BCN bought into their own demise.

    Talk is cheap.

    Posted by OneMoreBicycle August 12, 09 04:24 PM
  1. I grew up on Charles and Maxanne. I stopped listening in 1981 when it became very mainstream and predictable.
    Very cool station before that.
    Jimmy

    Posted by Jimmy August 12, 09 04:28 PM
  1. BCN might have sucked the last 10 years or so but I'm with the others who say BCN played a huge part in fueling their teenage angst! It was such a staple at the time.

    Posted by cubedweller09 August 12, 09 04:29 PM
  1. Can we stop calling FNX 'independent'? They're just as bad.
    They stopped breaking local bands years ago. They got me through college in the late 90s, but all they are is a Green Day record at this point.

    Posted by mike August 12, 09 04:32 PM
  1. well I 'm near the end and i just ain't got the time

    well I'm wasted and I can't find my way home

    Posted by OneMoreBicycle August 12, 09 04:33 PM
  1. The last 4 days on wbcn were the best radio my 27 year old self has ever heard.

    If there were a station that played that exclusively, I'd never turn it off.

    Posted by T August 12, 09 04:35 PM
  1. I will never forget the "Big Mattress Song of the Week", and Dwayne Glasscock's post-Three Mile Island show. It was legendary...

    Posted by bigtoe August 12, 09 04:44 PM
  1. Radio has been dead for years.

    Posted by Classless August 12, 09 04:51 PM
  1. BCN the blueprint for rock radio, and the blueprint for ruining what you built. WTF happened?

    Posted by jimboj August 12, 09 05:15 PM
  1. The last four days reminded me of something my grandfather used to say,
    "This is no God d^^^ music,back in my day, now that was music."

    If you think about it,it all went down hill after the demise of Mark Parenteau,he was the last of the "Home Town Djs". Although I loved Howard,by that time it was becaming corporate CBS and not the under ground flavored bcn.
    rip

    Posted by ramin f August 12, 09 05:24 PM
  1. The only thing worse than another sports talk radio station , is what BCN has turned into over the last 15 years. So who cares. Had they played the music and run the staion over the last 15 years, like they did the last 4 days, this never would have happened. Its like watching a friend die from cancer. You hate to watch it and you are glad when it is over. Except in this case, I did not listen it. was too ugly.

    Posted by mike sommerville August 12, 09 05:28 PM
  1. I moved here from San Francisco in the early eighties, thinking, "After San Francisco... ?" While fishing, I discovered 'BCN. "Well, well, well... home again." No, not San Francisco. Boston. But, alas, as lamented many times above, we will be fed as much of the product of payola as we'll take. Yes, it still exists. And this is how much.

    I share the hope of many above, as well: Hopefully, what it was will be back. Everyone has on their iPods and MP3s what they like. But when was the last time you had a smorgasboard that popped something that made you go, "Whoaaaa...!" Let alone, two or three in a night? Or someone who brought you up short with his or her sheer different way of looking at everything? Right, not on 'BCN, lately. But there's a hole in Boston, right noow... For some of us, it's an ache. One that this milestone marks.

    Posted by FirewindII August 12, 09 05:56 PM
  1. Bring back Major Mudd and Rex Tralier!

    Posted by Uncle Gus August 12, 09 06:23 PM
  1. How about, playing 'Alice's Restaurant' every Thanksgiving. Loved that.

    Posted by Rocknroll August 12, 09 06:29 PM
  1. da blue jeans make da woman look real nice

    Posted by john August 12, 09 07:11 PM
  1. i think your wrong #179. 101.7 still plays tons of indie music. They were the first station I heard the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, etc. Yeah they play Green Day but, as far as radio goes, 1017 is the only place I turn for new stuff.

    Posted by stevemalden August 12, 09 07:50 PM
  1. "Jenny said when she was just five years old
    There was nothing happening at all
    Every time she puts on a radio
    There was a nothin goin down at all, not at all
    Then one fine mornin she puts on a New York station
    You know, she couldnt believe what she heard at all
    She started dancin to that fine fine music
    You know her life was saved by rock n roll
    Despite all the amputations you know you could just go out
    And dance to that rock n roll station
    It was alright" Lou Reed sang it.
    This song reminds me of BCN the most. I remember many nights listening to the radio as teenager. I would always hear something cool. You could tell that the DJ's cared about the music they were playing. (talking 70's and early 80's) Turned on the radio in the car today and I couldn't believe what was going down at all. The spirit will come back!

    Posted by heyjoe August 13, 09 12:28 AM
  1. 'BCN was most certainly unlistenable over the past 10 + years. And 'FNX: I wonder if you're not F'IN NEXT. While I cant comment on what's played at night, as I seldom listen at night; other than Julie's show, it's a bunch of crap. The Sandbox - ugh. Same stale sophomoric attempt at humor (guys, your no Chris Rock and we aint interested in your roommate's hygiene issues.) to which they fake laughter at half the time. My morning commute is only 1/2 an hour, how about some substance? And when will they realize that their listeners may want to hear some deep tracks - like something other than Train in Vain, or London Calling, for the millionth time, when it's a Clash tune? Why not "White Man in Hammersmith Palais", or "Complete Control" - two of many, many Clash greats? If they catered less to the masses, it would be "cool" or even, dare I say "alternative" - then the sheep would follow eventually and they'll get their advertising revenue. I know it's a business, but so WAS 'BCN.
    Thankfully, with the blessing of Pandora, I don't have to listen at home, and can go quite some time without hearing the same song...not to mention about one commercial every half hour. Good speakers for your computer make a receiver obsolete.

    Posted by TEJP August 13, 09 02:03 AM
  1. Different eras, different Strokes. BCN lost its way decades ago. When your stock and trade is expanding the envelope you eventually end up with Stern. Perhaps the folks in charge took the credibility earlier rightfully garnered as enlightened changers of musical tastes and replaced it with unenlightened parroting of the lowest common denominator of social taste. When BCN mattered it didn't need anything prurient. Perhaps it was a matter of NPR and other commercial-free alternatives taking regular listeners who had grown beyond what BCN could deliver. No one has said anything about my favorite DJ: Jim Perry/Parry. Smart, respectful, funny, discoverer of incredible connections between pieces of music. I bought album because of JP. I already owned the ones the other guys played.

    Posted by M_Horgan August 13, 09 02:55 AM
  1. Whenever a conscious DJ played 2 songs in a row by the same artist someone had died. Hendrix, Joplin, Al Wilson, Brian Jones et al. That's how we found out about those folks' untimely demises.
    Anybody else go to the Wiffle Ball tournaments?

    Posted by M_Horgan August 13, 09 03:21 AM
  1. The Clash said it best:

    The new groups are not concerned
    With what there is to be learned
    They got Burton suits, ha you think it's funny
    Turning rebellion into money

    Posted by rex August 13, 09 04:30 AM
  1. Bing Bong
    5 Minutes after the big hour of 5 o'clock.
    Hello and welcome to the world to the
    world of morons, pschopaths and mental defectives.
    So long WBCN

    Posted by Joe August 13, 09 09:28 AM
  1. I get tired of listening to music all of the time. There is not that much good music being made. BCN had a good mix of ground breaking music and witty talk. I find myself thirsting for stimulating talk more than music much of the time. Maybe that makes listening to music a bit more special. I like WERS, Emerson College radio, for an eclectic blend. I think people need to give their ears a break once in a while. On a daily basis I see zombies with ear buds nearly being run down because they don't hear the car approaching them as they step into the street without looking. Just a rant from an old guy.

    Posted by Conservanator August 13, 09 09:38 AM
  1. It's interesting to note that everyone has wildly different opinions as to when WBCN lost "it". I was a regular listener from 1990 to 1996. It may have been an even better station before then, but the Charles > Ken > Mark > Bradley combo was the best thing I've ever heard on FM radio before or since. The loss of those guys was insurmountable. I went away to college in 1996 and didn't really ever listen again.

    Satellite radio needs to be completely reimagined. All those stations and each one catering only to one genre or theme? Creativity and spontaneity is what made WBCN work and there is neither in Satellite radio. It's only marginally more creative than making your own playlist on an Ipod. Minimal commercials are nice, but I'm never really surprised or challenged by what I hear on Satellite Radio. And I've NEVER heard a DJ that compares to any of the old BCN DJ's.

    Posted by Frawls August 13, 09 10:27 AM
  1. This station ruined itself, I'm sorry to say. The format for the last 15 years has been horrible. A desperate attempt at some sort of 90s classic rock format was its last gasp. Goes to show how ill-informed their corporate masters are when it comes to what works in the music marketplace.

    The only time 'BCN has been any good in the last 15 years was during the last 4 days. How's that for irony?

    Posted by Sharky August 13, 09 11:33 AM
  1. I thought Bradley Jay did a nice job of signing off, especially with his choice of "Shine on You Crazy diamond." Would have been extra cool if he could have also given Charles' signature sign-off (wiith a slight twist at the end)

    If the creek don't rise, if the good Lord's willing, if there ain't no meltdown, we'll do it all over again......sometime soon hopefully

    Posted by mmwhaaa August 13, 09 12:25 PM
  1. listen to all the whippersnappers, making fun of us old people, crying over the demise of WBCN. Well just wait kids, someday you'll be old like us and cry over your very own Glory Days. Happens with every generation.

    I am hanging on to ZLX for as long as I can. I can only listen to some of 92.9. Most of the music on 92.9 is audio wallpaper to me - it doesnt get my attention, it all blends together. I guess I really am getting old.

    Posted by ava August 13, 09 12:45 PM
  1. Like Kid Rock said ..." give the next generation a big **** YOU!"

    Posted by big purple August 13, 09 01:49 PM
  1. And all these decades later, Loren Owens and Wally Brine still manage to hang on.

    Posted by Dave August 13, 09 03:49 PM
  1. Ensoul (#158) is completely right. Completely focusing on the male demographic /going completely misogynist starting in the Stern era didn't help either.

    Posted by Elmer August 13, 09 04:08 PM
  1. People who talk about people loving BCN because they played "old music" just don't get it. What we loved was the format. Until maybe 1992-1993, the dj's played what they wanted so it was unpredictable. They collaborated with the producers and did a lot of musician interviews, mash-ups, small concerts that they would rebroadcast, etc. The range of music was great - punk, rock, hard rock, funk, metal, they would hit it all because it was whatever they liked. The big companies came in, commercialized it, killed it, and threw it out. Long live Charles, Bradley J, Albert O, Oedipus, and Ken Shelton.

    Posted by Tim Halloran August 13, 09 04:41 PM
  1. Why all the tears? Corporations have always been about the bottom line - in the media line of things that translates as ratings - with little or no concerns as to if a radio station or the station's personnel are doing a wonderful or wretched go of things. 'BCN is just another station subject to the whims of media conglomerates making a bid for more bucks. Sorry to see ya go, but bye bye.

    Posted by chuckie August 13, 09 04:45 PM
  1. After many many years, I finally understand why my mother was so crushed when Elvis died.

    Like the Skinny Elvis of the 50's and early 60's was to my mother, WBCN was to me. A huge part of my music experience growing up. I probalby first was turned on to WBCN in the mid/late 70's as a kid, and WBCN and it's personalities were the soundtrack of my highschool and young adult years.

    We were all there together listening to "The Big Mattress" during Summer vacation

    from school, and as I entered the work force. We laughed our tails off together at

    the insanity that was Chuck , Billy West and crew. Lauged out loud before any

    one had ever texted out LOL at The Lunchtime Parody Songs. We called in our requests, and waited to hear if they'd actually get played. Together... you can't say that about an iPod. It was a shared experience, and those personalities felt like old friends. Practicaly felt like family.

    They lost me around the time Stern came into the morning slot, but I'd still check in now and again just to see what was going on. A shadow of it's former self. Fat Elvis if you will.

    Lucky for us we got four glorious days of "Skinny Elvis" before it all turned to static. I listened right up to the end. I felt like I had to.

    Yup, now I know just how mom felt. Watching a large part of your youth slip into the past isn't easy, even if what was left was just a shadow of the "glory days" Thanks again to all involved , for all the memories, and for that wild ride that was the last few days.

    Now if only we can find someplace with the spirit of the last few days of WBCN. That was truely amazing.

    Posted by mikeoffbase August 13, 09 04:52 PM
  1. No more Raaaaaaannnnngooooooooooooooooon! :(

    Posted by Linda August 13, 09 04:55 PM
  1. In the old days before cassette players were affordable (For me, that is), I would try 'BCN from as far away as Palmer on the 'pike. Then, I could afford a CD player in my car.
    So, when fares came down to reasonable levels, I would fly in to Logan with CDs that I could play in the rental. WBCN's problem as I saw it was the predictable nature of their playlist, and long, long commercial breaks. You could set your watch by it. (11:05, "Sweet Emotion",11:09-11:35 commercials...)
    I should confess, now if I listen to radio in around the Hub, it's WRKO or WEEI.
    The best feature WBCN has had of late have been Gil Santos' play by play of the Pats games.

    Posted by Peter Benham August 13, 09 05:04 PM
  1. To those of you who think us over 50's should just shut up and deal with it.
    Remember this:
    In the 1960's and 70's WBCN was a trend setter. They played music that no one else played, they didn't k-tow to advertisers, they went out and got advertisers that understood our generation and music. They did stuff on the radio that was risque at the time - they got blanked out a couple of times for violating FCC rules. You have no idea what it was like back then (stiff shirts - think about those IBM white shirts and blue suits to work every day) what they did back then to make today possible. So don't dismiss it and tell us to get over it - because Without BCN YOU wouldn't have your future music. - Punk, Alternative etc.
    So yeah it may be 'old and dated', but to those of us who were there - there was no other time like in the 50 years that have followed.

    Posted by Linda August 13, 09 05:07 PM
  1. As a kid listening to WRKO and WMEX, I was stunned when I started listening to 'BCN in 1968 or 69 and got into Zepplin etc. Yeah, 'BCN eventually lost it's way as it got older, but don't we all? RIP. Maybe I'll see ya on the other side...

    Posted by mgb1969 August 13, 09 05:15 PM
  1. Here's the deal..Listen to me you Mass Holes...BZ ruled, BZ sucked, RKO ruled, RKO sucked, BCN ruled, BCN ruled, BCN ruled...then they sucked. Now it's time for somebody else to rule and sometime in the future they will suck too!!!! Relax, enjoy the music., No matter what it is...It will suck someday!!!

    Posted by Teddy Ballgame August 13, 09 07:40 PM
  1. In the beginning was The Doors. How could the luddites who locked the gates on Tues. nite play anything to close the era other than "The End"? Good bye, and good riddance!

    Posted by First listener August 13, 09 09:18 PM
  1. Sports talk. BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by joe August 13, 09 10:13 PM
  1. I think Charles said it right in that clip...CBS ran it into the ground. It needs to be about the music first, not about profits. Forget satellite and Ipods, if you want the real reason for the decline of traditional radio, it's corporations buying up all these stations and homogenizing them. Radio only hope for a renaissance is if local ownership returns, but sadly there probably isn't enough of a local business base to sustain that anymore.

    Posted by scotbo August 13, 09 10:28 PM
  1. Farewell to....Mishigotz "Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig Mattress!" "(Singing) Maaaaark Parent-to!" "Morons, psychopaths and mental defectives" 5 o'clock comedy clips of George Cariln and Cheech & Chong "IT'S FRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDAYYYYYYY" Sam Kiniston's "It's Friday" clip, Why-Tell Records ("You can tell it's Why-Tell, it'll never sell!), Carlos the Computer, Billy West's early stuff and the best mix of hard rock, classic rock and metal ever.

    And to the suits that killed WBCN, what else is there to say but....

    "LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLICK MEEEEEEEE!"

    Posted by Daniel_D August 14, 09 09:04 AM
  1. Even when I was young & in love with WBCN, I saw the handwriting on the wall. At the time, there were rock stations and "our parents" stations with big band and swing ... gradually over time, new eras of rock stations came in ... and "our stations" like WBCN become the "parents stations" as the demographs of older stations died off. But kids - guess what? Your hot new stations today with be the old fart stations tomorrow :-) as the cycle continues, "the great mandala" as it was styled "back in the day".

    Posted by DE August 14, 09 02:51 PM
  1. This is absolutely worthless if Opie and Anthony aren't mentioned. Haters aside, they were a big part of BCN. Management sucks.

    Posted by Seatspro August 17, 09 12:46 PM
  1. BCN sounds like EBN' here in Cincinnati. They started in a trailer at the local university and played the best stuff, long versions and off the wall shit. For years they were the deal, calling themselves the "album rock station". Then came the corporation that ate radio stations all over the country and started playing the cookie cutter corporate crap they call music. Comedy (sort of) and crap took over and to this day the only time I still even know they exist is their fireworks show every labor day weekend. I loved that station, but I really wish they'd just go away. To qoute another Floyd song "They've Worn Out Their Welcome" I'm sure the good folks of Boston have found plently of other music to listen to.

    Posted by Tom K. August 17, 09 01:39 PM
  1. still haven't found a station I like yet.

    Posted by corky September 14, 09 01:59 PM
 

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