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There may be two, competing "FNX-online" streams in Boston

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 12:10pm

Yesterday we reported Boston.com's announcement that it would launch an Internet radio stream for alternative rock fans when WFNX changes format next month (please see our coverage here). Now, Phoenix Media Group (which is selling the station to Clear Channel) CEO Stephen Mindich says he plans to do the same thing!

Inside Radio says Mindich announced his plan to launch an online alt-rock stream "just hours after the Boston Globe went public." Tom Taylor on Radio-Info reports Mindich "is surprised and not too pleased" about Boston.com's announcement. According to Taylor, the sale of the station "leaves him with the intellectual property of the station he founded 29 years ago." Of course, as we reported yesterday, WFNX PD Paul Driscoll and several FNX on-air personalities (plus sales, operations and promotions vets from the station) will be part of Boston.com's station.

From Inside Radio: "Mindich says the online station will not only retain the FNX branding but also the alt-rocker’s 'unique, independent spirit.' The station has begun promoting the webcast on-air."

Read more in Taylor on Radio-Info here; subscribe to Inside Radio here.

Regional news portal Boston.com will launch online-only alternative rocker with FNX talent

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 11:45am

Boston's alternative rock station WFNX will change formats next month, following its sale to Clear Channel. But regional web portal Boston.com plans to keep the modern rock flag flying. It's announced plans to launch its own online-only alt-rock station, and it has enlisted former WFNX personalities and former WFNX PD Paul Driscoll.

Boston.com offers news and other local content, and is part of New York Times Digital.

In 2009 Boston's legendary heritage rocker WBCN left the on-air dial and soon reappeared as two HD Radio channels, and online simulcasts (here). Chicago alternative Q101 went online-only (RAIN coverage here) after the sale of its frequency; legendary Cincinnati station WOXY and Los Angeles rocker KNAC are well-known for doing the same.

Lisa DeSisto is GM of Boston.com and chief advertising officer for The Boston Globe. She commented, "Boston.com has been at the forefront of multimedia for some time now, producing award-winning videos, live video programming, interactive content, and more. We’ve long thought radio would be a natural extension for us, and we’re fortunate to launch with such an incredible team."

Phoenix Media/Communications sold the station to Clear Channel, and most of the staff was let go immediately when the sale was announced last month. The station will reportedly change format July 23.

Read The Boston Globe's coverage here.

NASA breaks into webcasting with Third Rock online radio

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 11:10am

RFC Media and NASA are showing off their new Third Rock Radio - America's Space Station online radio station. The indie/alternative rock station went live yesterday. It was apparently created, and will be operated, without cost to the government through a Space Act Agreement (the stream is also ad-supported). The stream will soon be made available on NASA's iPhone and Android mobile apps. The web stream is via StreamTheWorld.Third Rock

NASA sees the project as a way to get today's young people interested in space exploration: "NASA constantly is looking for new and innovative ways to engage the public and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers," said NASA spokesman David Weaver. Houston-based RFC Media, which programs the station, said, "While NASA is synonymous with the exploration of space, technology, and science education, Third Rock, which is focused on NASA and the great things going on there every day, is all about the exploration of New Rock."

RFC Media was founded and is led by broadcast management and programming veterans Pat Fant and Cruze.

In addition to the music, NASA plans to broadcast updates on missions and discoveries, and its partners will leverage it to "fill high-tech job openings in the engineering, science and IT fields." Read NASA's press release here.

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