On August 13th Scoops will be suffering a major loss of her beloved WBCN rock format. Don’t get me wrong, I do love New England Sports, but this is a tough pill to swallow. It was over 40 years ago that WBCN-FM retired its classical format and became a premier rock station that changed the way Bostonians listened to radio.
CBS Radio, that owns the station, decided to bag the rock station’s current format and replace it with a sports talk radio station called The Sports Hub, which will replace the music station Mix 98.5 FM, making it the third sports radio show in a the area. Mix 98.5 will then take its “modern rock, conservative format’’ to WBCN’s slot.
One of my biggest worries was losing my staple during the A.M. drive. I have been a dedicated member of the T.A.R.D. nation. Toucher and Rich began their run in June 2006 starting with afternoons. Due to their increasing popularity they began mornings after the exit of long standing morning show hosts Opie and Anthony. Luckily for me though, regardless to the fact that their show will not be the same packed with all the great shenanigans that I adore, I am still greatful that BCN decided to keep their loyal fans happy by keeping them a staple in the morning, which will now be on 98.5.
Personally, for me, WBCN was the voice for the local band looking for a break. They have sparked the careers of so many. I fell in love with my still all time favorite band the Bosstones, and think of great memories about great acts being promoted at the Middle East.
These will all be but memories, but I will still support the station with it’s new efforts.
I will end this ode to WBCN with a song by one of my favorites…
R.I.P. The Rock of Boston