Monday, October 5, 2009

FNX gets a new boss to oversee its operations

A new name has turned up in an old place. Mike Tierney has been named VP of Broadcast Operations at alternative rocker WFNX 101.7FM and WFNX Radio Network effective today.

During his 25 years in radio and record music business, Tierney has developed an impressive resume which includes stints as label manager for the Dave Matthews-owned ATO Records and SVP of Sony Music’s Epic Records. Tierney has also logged time at VH1 as Vice President of Music Programming. His radio experience includes stints as program director at Rhythmic Top 40 KUBE/Seattle and MD at KPLZ/Seattle, program director at KUFO/Portland and WXRK/NYC.

Interestingly enough, station's parent company Phoenix Media Group eliminated this senior management position in early 2008 as part of a cost-cutting move letting longtime WFNX manager Andy Kingston go. But with the exit of WBCN from Boston radio landscape two months ago, WFNX is positioning itself to potentially grab a share of disenfranchised rock listeners.

Here's WFNX press release on Tierney's hiring :


Boston, MA — The Phoenix Media/Communications Group (PM/CG) announced today that Mike Tierney will become the Vice President of Broadcast Operations for the WFNX Radio Network.

Tiereny will take over the daily operations of the radio network and combine his extensive radio experience with a deep understanding of brands and marketing which will help not only WFNX, but the entire PM/CG.

Tierney is a veteran of the music and media industries, with experience in both radio and television programming, at major and independent Record companies, and in artist management and consulting. Tierney started his career in radio and grew to become the Program Director for Seattle's KUBE, and over his twenty year career he has spanned multiple music and entertainment disciplines including being an Senior Vice President at Epic Records to Program Director for WXRK/New York to being the manager of the Presidents of the United States of America to being VP of music programming for VH1.

“Mike brings a wealth of experience and tremendous energy to our organization,” says PM/CG President Brad Mindich, “For over 25 years WFNX has been a pioneer in new music both in New England and across America and we see Mike being instrumental in the development of the WFNX brand.”

"I couldn’t be more excited to join the teams at WFNX and the Phoenix Media/Communications Group,” says Tierney. “WFNX is one of Boston radio’s most indelible brands, synonymous with independent broadcasting, independent music, and independent Boston ownership. I look forward to a new stage in WFNX’s evolution, to interacting with the music-loving WFNX staff members and listeners, and to tackling the challenges that face WFNX in the rapidly changing landscapes of music and the media business."

More about the PM/CG publications and companies: The Boston Phoenix began as a four-page arts-and-entertainment weekly in 1966. The Phoenix is the flagship property of the Phoenix Media/Communications Group, which in addition to the Phoenix weekly newspapers in Rhode Island and Maine and Stuff magazine, comprises the WFNX Radio Network; Phoenix Interactive (,,; Phoenix Ventures (the sports and magazine group that publishes the official yearbooks for the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Marathon); People2People Group (audio text and social-networking applications); g8wave (marketing and content using SMS and other mobile technologies); and Mass Web Printing (four-color offset printing).

All Phoenix companies are privately held.


Anonymous said...

His first bit of business should be removing the incredibly geeky and lame "sandbox". Talk about a forced radio program.

Anonymous said...

Within a few months (if not weeks or even days), WFNX-101.7 could find itself Boston's only commercial modern-rock outlet.

WBCN is alreadty history. There are rumors WAAF is about to get "blown up" on both 97.7 and 107.3 to allow a move of WEEI Sports Radio to FM (although WEEI might go to 107.3 and 93.7, with WMKK "Mike FM" perhaps moving to 97.7)

Navre said...

Since the demise of WBCN, I'm finding myself tuning in to specific radio shows, rather than sticking with a particular station like I used to. For example, I always listen to Adam12 on WFNX Sunday afternoons, and then tune in to WZLX at 10pm to catch Boston Emissions with Angelle Wood. Weekdays will find me switching between WRKO, WEEI, WFNX, WMWM,WAAF, WBZ-FM, depending largely on the radio personalities on the air at the time, rather than the format. I guess I feel a bit "homeless" since BCN went away, but I can't help wonder if this is how it was in the early days of radio, when people would look forward to certain shows, and tune them in.