The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1980s
- Mar. 12
- Sheridan Broadcasting files to sell WILD (1090 Boston) to local
entrepreneur H. Kendell Nash. (Granted June 25.)
- Aug. 26
- Nash Communications completes its acquisition of WILD.
- Mar. 2
- WILD (1090) files to move to 720 kHz from a new site in West
Roxbury, adding a directional array and night power. The
application is returned by the FCC on April 30 because of
prohibited overlap with WCAS (740 Cambridge).
- May 18
- WILD files for a license to cover on its power increase to
- July 14
- WBOS-FM switches from rock to country music.
- WHUE-FM sold to First Media, becomes WCOZ for one week,
then goes silent.
- Jan. 1
- WCOZ-FM becomes WKKT, flips to CHR.
- Oct. 29
- WKKT flips to classic rock, becomes WZLX.
- Mar. 3
- WHDH and WZOU sold to Sconnix.
- May 13
- WMBR adds stereo.
- Mar. 31
- Southfield Communications LP (Douglas Tanger) agrees to buy
WVCA-FM (104.9 Gloucester) from Simon Geller for $1 million;
the FCC approves the sale on May 26.
- May 18
- WVCA-FM (104.9 Gloucester) applies to move to a new transmitter
site, on Kondelin Road in Cape Ann Industrial Park, where it
would operate at 2.5 kW from 110 meters above average
terrain (up from 75 m on the old tower).
- June 8
- The sale of WVCA-FM (104.9 Gloucester) to Southfield
Communications closes. Geller retires to an apartment on
Manhattan's Upper West Side.
- June 18
- WVCA-FM (104.9 Gloucester) adopts new callsign WBOQ, keeping
the classical music format but with the new station identity
- June 30
- The FCC grants WBOQ (104.9 Gloucester)'s application for a
new transmitter site with increased power and antenna
- Oct. 27
- WBOQ (104.9 Gloucester) applies to amend its previously
granted construction permit, reducing the requested power from
2.5 kW to 1.531 kW while increasing antenna height from 110 to
136 meters above average terrain, at the same Cape Ann
Industrial Park site.
- Apr. 27
- WBOS-FM drops country.