Forgotten tales of Boston’s WBCN-FM

“The DBX Meter” (NSFW)

A humble piece of electronics, with an alter ego …

Back in the day, WBCN-FM“The Rock of Boston” — was arguably one of the most influential radio stations in the country.

Credit: dbx, Inc. (via hifi-archiv.info)

“Where’s the DBX meter?”

  • When the station’s iconic “Big Mattress” morning show is jettisoned (in favor of a satellite feed from Howard Stern), and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 enables massive corporate acquisitions across the industry, the station eventually becomes more predictable, and a lot less special.
  • Gradually, personnel move on to even less-colorful places.
  • And in 2009, an already much-changed WBCN goes off the air entirely.
Credit: Tom O’Keefe, by kind permission (BostonTweet.net)

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