Listening to WFNX 1983-2012

Celebrating the live and times of 101.7 FM, Boston's only true alternative radio station
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 24, 2012


JUNE 27, 2003

Punk rock returns to Best Music Poll with a wind-swept show by upstarts the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fischerspooner, and . . . Iggy Pop, who goes berserk with essentially the same deranged heavy metal band he's been destroying stages with for 15 years.

JUNE 3, 2004

Back on Lansdowne Street, Best Music Poll brings old faves Juliana Hatfield, the Violent Femmes, and Presidents of the United States of America face to face with the new blood: the Rapture, Elefant, the Fire Theft, the Von Bondies, and Stellastarr, plus a cream-of-the-crop bill of local punks including the Street Dogs, the Explosion, the Unseen, and the Lot Six.

MARCH 17, 2005

Dropkick Murphys rise at an ungodly hour to play an 8:30 am show on St. Patrick's Day for WFNX listeners at Boston's legendary Irish pub, the Black Rose. The gig airs live on WFNX.

APRIL 10, 2005

Boston hardcore legends Bane perform live on New England Product with host Chris Rucker, who has reinvigorated local music program by bringing local punk, indie, and underground rap cats like the Explosion, Cave-In, and Mr. Lif into the studio for exclusive live performances.

JUNE 7, 2005

Most of the station's fans will remember this as the best Best Music Poll lineup since the early 1990s: well ahead of their mainstream recognition, the Killers headline the FleetBoston Pavilion on a bill with Interpol, Robbers on High Street, and Louis XIV.

MARCH 2006

WFNX doubles its wattage from 3000 to 6000 and debuts a new broadcast signal from One Financial Center in Boston.

MAY 26, 2006

WFNX launches innovative "commercial-free" summer — a 40-day stretch of radio, sponsored by Snapple, with NPR-style sponsorship messages replacing commercials. Also included free concerts, cross platform marketing, through July 4.

AUGUST 10, 2006

You can't beat City Hall. But it turns out you can rock the shit out of it. An estimated 45,000 WFNX die-hards flood Government Center for a free show by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio — who get into an onstage argument over whether or not they're cool with the Marines setting up a recruiting table on the plaza. The performance caps a raucous summer that also sees free WFNX performances on City Hall Plaza by Dashboard Confessional (in the rain — the better to hide your tears) and Taking Back Sunday.

PLAY WFNX Watch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs live on City Hall Plaza.

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