Monday, January 4, 2010

Changes on the air at WFNX

The first Monday of the new year was a busy one at Lynn's alternative rocker WFNX 101.7FM which dismantled the morning drive "Sandbox" and inserted former WBCN personality into its afternoon drive.

After two and half years AM drive show "Sandbox" is no more as of this morning. Charlie Padgett and "Special" Ed Oliveira were let go this morning. The third co-host of the cancelled show, Dustin "Fletcher" Matthews will now being paired up with program director Keith Daikin and veteran newsman Henry Santoro. In the afternoons, "Big" Jim Murray will vacate the afternoons to make room for former WBCN's midday personality Adam "Adam 12" Chapman. Murray will stay with WFNX in his other role as station's production director. Adam 12 has been working weekends and doing fill-in work at WFNX since WBCN vanished from the airwaves last August. Also, at night, Paul Drsicoll's "Alter Ego" program is now extended by two hours(6pm-Midnight) as syndicated "LoveLine" talk show is dumped.

Here's WFNX's press release :

WFNX Shakes Up On-Air Lineup; Adds Adam 12 for Afternoons

Boston radio station WFNX is starting the New Year with a new on-air lineup, with changes in nearly every part of the day. In separate moves, the station has cancelled the Sandbox morning show and the syndicated program Love Lines that had been airing weeknights from ten to midnight. The station has also signed the respected Boston-area native Adam 12 to do afternoons.

“These moves will allow us to focus on our core audience, which has always been Boston ’s most passionate and knowledgeable fans of music and pop culture,” said Mike Tierney, vice-president of broadcast operations for WFNX and the Phoenix Media Communications Group. “We appreciate the unique talents of everyone involved with the Sandbox and Love Lines, are grateful for their hard work, and wish them success in the future.”

A new morning show will be co-hosted by long-time WFNX personality and program director Keith Dakin and the Sandbox’s Fletcher, with news and current events covered by morning mainstay Henry Santoro.

“This show will evolve organically, with as much listener interaction as we can get at every stage,” Tierney said. “Our only goals at the outset are to give our listeners more of the music-based programming they expect, while also providing a steady stream of original content – such as interviews with artists and other culturally relevant guests, as well as in-studio performances – that they won’t hear anywhere else.”

Adam 12 returns to WFNX, where he started as an intern and part-time disc jockey, after a long and accomplished tenure at the station’s now-defunct competitor WBCN. He takes over on-air for Big Jim Murray, who will focus full-time on off-air duties, including a creative role in the new morning show.

Night-time personality Paul Driscoll will expand his shift to replace Love Lines with music-intensive programming tailored specifically to complement Boston ’s vibrant music scene and nightlife. Julie Kramer’s midday show, including the long-running Leftover Lunch music feature, will not be affected by the changes.

WFNX broadcasts at 101.7 FM in Greater Boston, 92.1 FM in New Hampshire , and streams live worldwide online at

BRW Notebook :

Going to the candidates debate : With two weeks to go before the special election on Tuesday, January 19th, three candidates vying for late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat will be debating live on WTKK 96.9FM from 9am to 10am on Tuesday, Jan.5th. The audio and video of the commercial-free debate will be streamed live on WTKK's website(

Couric returns : The first segment of CBS' Evening News with anchor Katie Couric is now heard on WBZ AM 1030 every weeknight at 6:30pm, it was announced over the weekend. WBZ ran the TV simulcast of Couric's first segment when she first took over the anchor of the Evening News in September 2006 but then dropped it a few weeks later.

Let's talk movies : Longtime local indie-movie operator/owner and film critic Garen Daly is launching a new weekly show devoted to the art of film on Newton's WNTN AM 1550. Starting this Friday(Jan.8th) at 11am, the new Garen Daly Show will debut. It replaces Daly's "Frugal Yankee" program. Daly, has been a fixture in the Boston film scene for decades. He has operated such noteworthy movie houses as the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Orson Welles Cinemas. He revived the Somerville Theatre and the Dedham Community Theatre. He is an award winning film programmer and still produces the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, now in its 35th year. Beyond the business side of the films, Garen has been an analyst on NPR, New England Cable News and nearly every radio station in Boston.


Anonymous said...

Good riddance to the Sandbox.
Bring back TAI.

Black Devil Magilla said...

I miss Big Jim already!!!

Allan said...

bring back the swayze show. henry santoro is awesome. and seriously they called it 'Love Lines' in their press release? They weren't aware that it's been called Loveline all this time. Wow FNX, wow

scott said...

glad to hear adam12 will be back on the boston airwaves full time in the genre he belongs. i know it was important for him and his family to stay in his hometown. great news for a great guy.

Ciao said...

I've been saying that FNX should dump Love Lines for years. It's out of step with Boston and out of step with what FNX claims to be.

It also wasn't in line with what listeners wanted. On a Friday night you were pumped to go out and wanted to hear music. Instead you got the juvenile banter of Love Lines.

Good riddance.

whit said...


Anonymous said...

I'm with Anonymous I. I won't miss the sandbox, though I felt Charlie was the only listenable one. Bring back TAI. Absolutely. Best DJ in my 30 years in Boston and I was a gloried go-fer at WBCN for years.