Felger leaving ESPN Boston
Mon Jul 14 10:06:31 EDT 2008
Garrett Wollman wrote:
> <<On Sun, 13 Jul 2008 00:12:12 -0500, "Kevin Vahey" <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
>> Still CBS also operates a station that was modeled after WBCN in
>> Chicago WXRT. Norm Weiner is still there and while the format now
>> skews younger they continue to remind listeners of the heritage.
> I don't think WXRT and WBCN are particularly comparable.
I quite agree. XRT has aged forward with its original audience and
airstaff, much as WBCN was doing up until the big upheavals of the
mid-90s. In a sense, today's XRT is all about its heritage. Jocks like
Lin Brehmer and Terri Hemmert have been there forever, and their demos
have aged along with them, as the station has gradually migrated from a
"modern" rocker (in the context of the seventies) to what we now
identify as AAA. It's not a particularly young-skewing format, though
it's picked up some younger listeners who identify with the music.
WBCN might well have gone that route in the nineties, too, but the lure
of modern rock (and Stern) in a college town was too strong. Even if the
old WBCN staff - Oedipus, Laquidara, et al - somehow agreed to come
back, I'm thinking a "new old" WBCN would feel artificial, much in the
way Emmis is trying to recapture 1970s New York FM on WRXP with a bunch
of people who weren't there then and don't really understand what made
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