As we reported earlier in the week, Boston area legendary radio station WAAF, which played and integral part in Rock and Metal programming for fifty years was sold and has swapped formats starting today, Saturday, February 22nd, 2020. Entercom Communications Corp., a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., on Tuesday, announced a deal to sell Rock 107.3 WAAF Boston to Educational Media Foundation for $10.75 million in cash. EMF has confirmed they will convert to ‘contemporary Christian’ programming. For their final song ever, the station played the track the debuted their station with fifty years ago, ‘Black Sabbath’, by Black Sabbath, which was a brand new song when the station appeared. The main band of the station, 107.3 is on to other programs today, but their smaller bands are still operating and they are going to continue for now as an online radio station. They are still hosting The Big Gig Anniversary concert, featuring Godsmack and Halestorm.
Sad times for heavy music radio fans in the Boston area as legendary station WAAF, which played an integral part in Rock and Metal programming for fifty years has been sold and will swap formats this Saturday. Entercom Communications Corp., a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., on Tuesday, announced a deal to sell Rock 107.3 WAAF Boston to Educational Media Foundation for $10.75 million in cash. EMF has confirmed they will convert to ‘contemporary Christian’ programming. WAAF was not only a booster for rock but was instrumental in breaking mainstream active rock and countless metal bands to commercial acclaim. Some of their other stations will still air the rock formats for now, but it definitely signifies the end of an era.
In a new interview with Mike Hsu of Boston’s WAAF, Heavy Metal legend Rob Halford said that Judas Priest will begin writing their new album early in 2020. The band will be following the world-wide smash hit album and acclaimed by the music press Firepower (Epic Records). Speaking about his plans for the upcoming year, Rob said (hear audio below): “I’ll be heading back to the U.K. for the holidays, see my family and friends. And then we’re gonna start… There are two things happening. We’re gonna go into writing sessions in the early New Year, because we’re still buzzing from the ‘Firepower’ record and we’re raring to go, to see what else what we can come up with musically, through writing. So we’ve got that in planning. And then we go into the big production for the 50th anniversary [of JUDAS PRIEST], which, I believe, kicks off in Finland in June, I think it is. And then that’s it there. We’re off around the world for the rest of 2020 and some of 2021, celebrating 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST.” Continue reading
Rockers Red Sun Rising has been riding high on the strength of their recent album Thread (Razor & Tie). After performing in Boston, the band stopped by to hang out with radio host Mistress Carrie of WAAF to perform some tracks unplugged and chat about the tour. Watch the videos at the link below. Continue reading