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Posted in music on March 21, 2013
by Bill Pearis
vintage WFNX bumper sticker...
In a poignant signal of a fast-changing media landscape, The Boston Phoenix sent out a short and simple tweet Thursday afternoon: "Thank you Boston. Good night and good luck."We were sad to learn that Boston's alternative weekly, The Boston Phoenix, shut its doors last week. We were even sadder to hear that WFNX, Phoenix Media/Communication Corp.'s radio station which went from a terrestrial to online in 2008, played its last song ("Old Friend" by Sea Wolf) on Tuesday (3/19) at midnight. Back in the late '80s and early '90s, WFNX was one of the best commercial alternative radio stations in the country, with a rotation that seemed to be made by music lovers and not just a cookie-cutter playlist of other stations's playlists. You'll both be missed.
With that terse dispatch, the ground-breaking, Boston alternative weekly, which only six months ago reinvented itself from tabloid newspaper into glossy magazine, put a final punctuation mark on its announcement that its current issue, dated March 15, will be its last. - [Boston.com]
Not all bad news: the Phoenix's sister publications in Providence, RI and Portland, Maine will stay in business.