Did Howard Stern kill WBCN?
Tell-all details fall of radio station
As it turns out, radio ratings king Howard Stern was the man who killed WBCN.
So says longtime ’BCN jock Carter Alan in a new book, “Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN,” which chronicles the station’s journey from oddball, lefty broadcast free-for-all to Rock of Boston domination and eventual death after an incredible 41-year run.
“Howard Stern made a lot of money for a lot of stations and gave ’BCN huge ratings,” Alan said. “But ultimately, the addition of Stern in the morning created a schizophrenic station. People tuned in in the morning to hear Howard, then they were gone. People who listened to ’BCN for the music, it was hard to get them back if other stations were doing music better.
“’BCN became the Howard Stern Station, a music station, then a football station and it was very difficult to determine what ’BCN was.”............................