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After nearly 30 years, Boston's alternative radio station, WFNX, has been sold to Clear Channel.  Please help us tell our story.
After nearly 30 years, Boston's alternative radio station, WFNX, has been sold to Clear Channel. Please help us tell our story.
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May 16, 2012: After 29 years as Boston's fiercely independent Alternative music station, WFNX announces that it is being sold to Clear Channel Communications, and news of the sale rattles generations of music fans who had grown to believe that WFNX would always exist at 101.7 on their FM dial.

As the station counts down its last sixty days on the air, current and former WFNX employees reminisce about the station's rich history and reflect on what the sale of this perennial David in a land of radio Goliaths says about the changing ways we relate to music and media.

For the past several months we've been accumulating interviews, video, and images for the documentary, but now we need your help to finish the project!

Want to get an idea what the movie will look like?  Here's a sample of a segment-in-progress.  It covers an important day in WFNX history . . . the infamous Green Day concert at the Hatch Shell.

Maybe you're saying to yourself, "But I don't live in Boston . . . and I never listened to this radio station before . . . why would I want to donate?"  We Want The Airwaves is more than a local story!  Here are some reasons you might want to donate, even if you're not already a fan of WFNX.  If you're the type of person who tends to root for the underdog and likes to see passion and creativity stand up to money and power, then this is a movie for you!  If you're an alternative music fan, and you want a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to champion bands like Nirvana and Green Day when they were still up-and-comers, then this is a movie for you!  If you're feeling a little nostalgic for your old tapes or records, and reflecting on how technology has changed the way you relate to media, then this is a movie for you!

What will the money go towards?  We understand that money is tight for everybody these days, so the project will proudly uphold the WFNX tradition of doing a lot with a little!  This money will go towards some much needed hard drives (video files take up a ton of storage!) and a trip to seek out and interview some of the more elusive WFNX DJs who have spread out across the country since their days in Boston. 

We Want The Airwaves would like to say a huge thanks to former WFNX DJ and Music Director, Bruce McDonald for donating the triple-platinum Nirvana disc!  See that blank spot in the plaque where the dedication goes?  Your name would look pretty good right there!

Here are images of some of the rewards:

The Def Jam Jacket:

Def Jam Jacket donated by Duane Bruce.  Thanks Duane!
Def Jam Jacket donated by Duane Bruce. Thanks Duane!

The REM CD:

Autographed copy of "Out of Time," donated by Tony Vitale!  Thank you Tony!
Autographed copy of "Out of Time," donated by Tony Vitale! Thank you Tony!

And a few more rewards:

WFNX Baseball T donated by Kat Corbett
WFNX Baseball T donated by Kat Corbett
WFNX Offspring T donated by Kat Corbett
WFNX Offspring T donated by Kat Corbett
WFNX Ski Jacket donated by Morning Guy Tai
WFNX Ski Jacket donated by Morning Guy Tai
Red Hot Chili Peppers Thrasher Magazine donated by Duane Bruce
Red Hot Chili Peppers Thrasher Magazine donated by Duane Bruce
WFNX Jacket donated by Duane Bruce
WFNX Jacket donated by Duane Bruce
WFNX What The Future Sounds Like T donated by Kat Corbett
WFNX What The Future Sounds Like T donated by Kat Corbett

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    Pledge $10.00 and receive a "We Want The Airwaves" sticker, as well as a thank you in the movie credits. It's a chance to add your name to this fantastic piece of alternative music history! You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith.

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    SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT: Donate $20 or more and get a ticket this this exclusive event.

    This Friday night, August 10, "We Want the Airwaves" and Morning Guy Tai host an intimate party to help benefit the movie’s Kickstarter campaign! And have we got a great location for this one! The party will take place at The Bridge, the Cambridge recording facility formerly known as Fort Apache Studios. Here are just a few bands who have recorded at Fort Apache: Big Dipper, Buffalo Tom, Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion, Juliana Hatfield, The Lemonheads, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Morphine, Sebadoh, Superchunk, Amanda Palmer, Radiohead, Weezer, and more! Come out and enjoy yourself at one of Boston’s musical landmarks while helping us raise money to finish the WFNX documentary at the same time! Several former WFNX DJs will be on hand, spinning their favorite records, and the attendance will be limited to 101 guests for this special event.

    6-10pm.

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    The Bridge Sound and Stage,
    18 Edmunds Street,
    Cambridge, MA 02140.

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    Pledge $25 and receive a copy of the "We Want The Airwaves" DVD when the disc is released in 2013, as well as a sticker and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith.

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    Pledge $50 and receive a "We Want The Airwaves" T-shirt, a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith.

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    Pledge $75 and receive an autographed Pixies record! It's the Surfer Rosa LP, near-mint, on Rough Trade-4AD, signed by Black Francis, and donated by Boy Troy!

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    Two turntables and a microphone? Not this time, but how about two T-shirts and a DVD! Pledge $75 and receive a VINTAGE WFNX T-SHIRT. You will also receive a "We Want The Airwaves" T-shirt, a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith. VINTAGE T-SHIRT DESCRIPTION: Back: "Hatch Shell, 1996, WFNX 101.7, The Boston Phoenix." Front: Bill Weld with facial piercings, saying "Rock on, FNX!" White. Size XL. Picture coming. Thanks to Kat Corbett for the donation!

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    Two turntables and a microphone? Not this time, but how about two T-shirts and a DVD! Pledge $75 and receive a VINTAGE WFNX T-SHIRT. You will also receive a "We Want The Airwaves" T-shirt, a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith. VINTAGE T-SHIRT DESCRIPTION: Back: "What the Future sounds like . . . 101.7 WFNX" Front: 101.7 WFNX. White. Size XL. Picture coming. Thanks to Kat Corbett for the donation!

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    Two turntables and a microphone? Not this time, but how about two T-shirts and a DVD! Pledge $75 and receive a VINTAGE WFNX T-SHIRT. You will also receive a "We Want The Airwaves" T-shirt, a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith. VINTAGE T-SHIRT DESCRIPTION: Back: "WFNX 101.7 The Cutting Edge of Rock, welcomes, Offspring, to boston july 31, 1994." Front: "Epitaph" with the Epitaph Records logo. Dark Green. Size XL. Picture coming. Thanks to Kat Corbett for the donation!

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    Two turntables and a microphone? Not this time, but how about two T-shirts and a DVD! Pledge $75 and receive a VINTAGE WFNX BUTTONED BASEBALL SHIRT. You will also receive a "We Want The Airwaves" T-shirt, a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith. VINTAGE T-SHIRT DESCRIPTION: Front: WFNX. Grey. (See Picture). Size XL. Picture coming. Thanks to Kat Corbett for the donation!

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    Pledge $101 and receive a ticket to the DVD release party! You will also receive a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith.

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    Pledge $101 or more and receive an early 1990's Vintage Def Jam Records jacket with leather sleeves and turntable logo. Size 2XL. Black with leather sleeves (Picture in the main Kickstarter text). The jacket is in great shape and was dontated by Duane Bruce, former WFNX DJ, X-Night Maestro, and host of Radio Free Boston. You will also receive a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith.

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    Pledge 101 and receive an early 1990s copy of Thrasher Magazine autographed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers! You will also receive a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. I'll post a picture soon. The inscriptions do say "To Duane," but are also exquisite in their vulgarity, and the things the Chili Peppers suggest Duane do to their bodies (see photo). You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith.

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    Pledge $101 and receive an autographed copy of REM's "Out of Time" CD . . . with doodles! You will also receive a copy of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith.

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    Pledge $250 and receive a vintage DJ-issued WFNX jacket from the 1980's. What a collector's item! You will also receive receive a ticket to the DVD release party, a copy of the DVD, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits.

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    Pledge $250 and receive a vintage DJ-issued WFNX jacket from the 1990's. What a collector's item! You will also receive receive a ticket to the DVD release party, a copy of the DVD, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits.

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    Pledge $250 and receive a vintage WFNX jacket from the 1990's. This jacket was issued to Duane Bruce! What a collector's item! It's the same style jacket that can be seen at 3:00 in this video: https://vimeo.com/45444076. Size is 2X. You will also receive receive a ticket to the DVD release party, a copy of the DVD, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits.

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    Pledge $250 and receive a vintage WFNX ski jacket from the 1990's. This jacket is in grreat shape, and was issued to Morning Guy Tai! What a collector's item! Obermeyer blue and black jacket with gold and black stitching, "WFNX 101.7, Boston." (see photograph). You will also receive receive a ticket to the DVD release party, a copy of the DVD when it is released in 2013, a sticker, and a thank you in the movie credits. You will also be entered to win a TRIPLE PLATINUM NIRVANA DISC, along with an autographed copy of "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects," written by former WFNX DJs, Kurt St. Thomas and Troy "Boy Troy" Smith.

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    Pledge $1,000 and receive prominent credit as an Executive Producer of the film in the final credits. You will also receive four tickets to the DVD release party, two copies of the DVD when the disc is released in 2013, two t-shirts, and a bunch of stickers.

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