Disclaimer 1: Inbound Sounds is obviously a Boston.com blog, and the new RadioBDC online radio station is a part of Boston.com as well. But I've been following the story of what happened to WFNX long before anyone knew that many of that stations best known personalities would end up over here.
Disclaimer 2: I'm listening on RadioBDC right now to the first track off the new XX album right now ("Angels") and before that it was the Hold Steady. I admit, I had heard neither. There. I let myself look a little uncool for the benefit of RadioBDC.
While this isn't totally unheard of in this town (remember RadioBoston that shut it's doors in 2002?), RadioBDC online radio will be the main station of its kind in the local market--that is to say, the classic-rock version of the college rock format (Mumford, Janes, etc) and a break-through point for new(er) alternative artists like those mentioned above.
What are the details? It's a stream-format, so you can get to it online from www.boston.com, or if you prefer, download it to your mobile device. How it's going to be compared to WFNX? "It's going to be better," says Music Director Julie Kramer. The reasons why have to do with the fact that this is not commercial terrestrial (land/air) radio as we know it.
"Terrestrial radio right now is just hurting. It's painful," says Kramer via telephone. The well-known Boston DJ has a lot to be excited for returning to the airwaves after a three-month hiatus since WFNX closed it's doors (on-air colleagues Henry Santoro, Adam 12, and Paul Driscoll also join her at RadioBDC). The opportunity afforded her to help build RadioBDC from the ground-up--"Including putting in windows and walls," as she puts it. While Kramer asserts that little as changed for her in terms of radio operations, she assures that listeners will have a better experience in a less-commercial format--both in terms of fewer ads and deeper music.
"We're going to have the opportunity to take bands that are going to be something we're going to be able to play them--and not just the singles--but go deep into those albums," says Kramer, waxing on the advantages of the online format. "I think we will be creating the thumb-print of what people will be doing in the future."
And in case anyone wondered, there will be a local show. Details TBD. "We definitely will be supporting music that makes Boston the rock & roll town that it is," says Kramer. I say we challenge her to support all the many amazing scenes that the city has to offer. Write her at Julie@Boston.com.
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