Listeners Mourn Rock Station WRXP's Shift to News

By Ben Fractenberg on July 15, 2011 7:31pm 

Matt Pinfield was one of the more popular DJs on WRXP.
Matt Pinfield was one of the more popular DJs on WRXP.
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MANHATTAN — On Friday the music died for rock fans in New York City.

Alternative and indie lovers are mourning the takeover of WRXP (101.9 FM) by Merlin Media, which reportedly plans to change the station’s format from contemporary rock to news targeting women in their 30s and 40s.

“RIP WRXP NYC. Thank you Leslie Fram and Matt Pinfield for supporting the Brooklyn Music scene & playing all the 90's classics too. Sad,” tweeted Jakeott.

WRXP, based at 395 Hudson St., in the West Village, switched from jazz to rock in 2008, giving the city its only station playing modern rock music around the clock. Classic rock lovers can still tune in to Q104.3.

“Rock Music Is Officially Dead in NYC,” tweeted CraigMills1.

The station featured veteran DJs like Matt Pinfield, who helped bring alternative music to MTV with the show "120 Minutes."

In a silver — or would it be black? — lining for fans, the station’s website says they will continue to stream online.

But that may still be little consolation for people wanting to tune into a good station while driving or at work.

“Devastated that there is no more WRXP. What am I supposed to listen to now??” tweeted lee makofsky.

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