Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WFNX to present the final countdown of the decade

In less than a month, a new year will arrive, along with a new decade.

While the big debate of how to refer to years starting in the second decade of the 21st century(eg,''twenty ten'' vs. ''two thousand ten'') is now underway, one Boston station will be gauging the musical sound of the first ten years of 2000's. On Friday, December 19th, WFNX 101.7FM will present its listener-voted Top 101 countdown of alternative albums released between 2000 and 2009. Here's WFNX's press release :

WFNX Listeners Choose the Top 101 Alternative Albums of the ‘00s

As the clock ticks down on the rock era’s sixth decade, Boston ’s WFNX-FM is enlisting its listeners to select the best alternative rock albums released since 2000.

Listeners have already cast tens of thousands of votes at
www.wfnx.com, using the website’s “album generator.” The animated application pits some four hundred of the decade’s albums in competition, and keeps a running tally of votes cast and percentages of head-to-head “battles” won by each album.

After two weeks of voting, Radiohead’s In Rainbows topped the listeners’ list, followed closely by albums from Arcade Fire, Spoon, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse, MGMT, The Shins, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, and The Killers. Voting will remain open until Monday, December 14 at midnight.

WFNX will count down the listeners’ final Top 101 beginning Friday, December 19, at 2pm, with repeats to air continuously that weekend.

The broadcasts will feature exclusive commentary from artists who made this decade’s music, including members of Passion Pit, Weezer, Sonic Youth, Phoenix , Taking Back Sunday, Metric, Vampire Weekend, Spoon, and The Strokes. Footage from the interviews is posted on the station’s website.

WFNX can be heard on 101.7 FM in Greater Boston, 92.1 FM in New Hampshire , and streaming live over the station’s website.

The FNX Radio Network is part of a consortium of three alternative radio stations owned by the privately held Phoenix Media / Communications Group. WFNX-FM (101.7FNX)/ Boston , MA ; WFEX-FM (92.1FNX) / Manchester , NH and WPHX-FM (92.1FNX) / Portsmouth , NH form the network. FNX Radio also owns WPHX-AM (ESPN1220) in Sanford , ME an ESPN affilia ted sports station. Its parent company, The Phoenix Media/Communications Group also owns and operates the Boston Phoenix newspaper along with other New England newspapers, magazines and specialty publications such as the Portland Phoenix and Providence Phoenix newspapers and Stuff at Night magazine.
BRW Notebook :
That's all, folks : Popular NYC radio personality and founder of "Guardian Angels", Curtis Sliwa, will be ending his brief run as a nationally-syndicated talk show host come next Friday, December 11. NY Daily News reported that Citadel Media is offering just-launched John Batchelor Show to Sliwa's national affiliates as a replacement. Locally, WTKK 96.9FM hasn't yet made any announcement whether it will take in Batchelor's new weekday show or run something else from 10pm to 1am. Considering that WTKK 96.9FM has recently signed up to carry Batchelor's weekend program(Saturdays 10pm-1am), it's likely the FM talker will clear him on weeknights in the Boston market. Sliwa joined WTKK's line-up a little more than a year ago.(BRW 10/2/08). Batchelor is no stranger to local talk airwaves. His old syndicated program ran on WRKO AM 680 from 2001 to 2005.


Jim said...

Why would WFNX even bother with the Top 101 Alternative Albums of the ‘00s when most of their play list is from the last millennium?

raccoonradio said...

I'm also guessing WTKK would pick up Batchelor but another option would be tape delayed (by 4 hours) Mark Levin

Anonymous said...

Re: WTKK carrying John Batchelor weeknights

I'm thinking WTKK's latest programming updates are going to sink it's ratings, but at least they still have Jay Severin and now John Batchelor.

Boston, MA

Anonymous said...

Technically speaking, 'FNX is a year early. The new decade beings on January 1, 2011. There was no year 0. The first year was year 1, the 10th year 10. So the next decade began in year 11.