Will WFNX 101.7 FM be the new home for Jay Severin and Rush Limbaugh?
A new website stirred up speculation on Thursday that Clear Channel Communications Inc. plans to simulcast conservative talk programs on alternative rock outlet WFNX, the radio station that it recently agreed to buy from Phoenix Media/Communications Group for $14.5 million.
The website, located at talk1017.com, directed users to Clear Channel’s conservative Boston AM talk station, Talk1200. On Thursday, a blog run by the Boston Phoenix, which is owned by Phoenix Media, speculated that the website was established by Clear Channel to prepare for Talk1200’s transition to the FM dial. However, industry blog Radio Insight cast doubts on whether the website was genuine, pointing out that the new domain was registered anonymously through consumer service GoDaddy. Clear Channel websites use a different domain registry and are clearly identified as belonging to the company.
Clear Channel has not revealed its plans for the station and declined to comment for this story.
One possibility: A domain-name squatter has reserved the website address in hopes of selling it to Clear Channel. A similar website at radio1017.com led to the Web content for a local Spanish-language radio station owned by Clear Channel.
Clear Channel may indeed plan to simulcast or move its talk shows to WFNX, or broadcast Spanish-language programs, but there is no sign that the company is behind the new websites.
As for the rock station WFNX, it will be revived as an Internet station. Boston.com, which is owned by The Boston Globe, has revealed plans to launch a live streaming radio station featuring alternative music and personalities from WFNX-FM.