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Country: United StatesListen to radio stations broadcasting from United States
City: Boston
FM (MHz): 106.7
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Description: WMJX (106.7 FM; "Magic 106.7") is a radio station licensed to Boston, Massachusetts. It has an Adult Contemporary format. The station's transmitter is located atop the Prudential Tower in Downtown Boston. The station is one of Boston's most successful radio stations.The 106.7 frequency in Boston was first used in 1956 as WBZ-FM, the FM complement to WBZ, under the ownership of Westinghouse Broadcasting. The station's earliest format was a classical music format, and later evolved into a combination simulcast of the AM station during the morning, with the classical music at other times.On December 31, 1971, WBZ-FM became a rock music station as "Rockin' Stereo 106.7", programming mostly top 40 with some album cuts. Although automated, it featured voice-tracked announcing from Clark Smidt (who also programmed the station) and Ken Shelton. For a time in the mid-1970s, WBZ-FM was Boston's second most popular top 40 station, trailing only WRKO. In 1975, both Smidt and Shelton left to join WCOZ, which was changing formats from beautiful-music to album-oriented rock. By 1979, WBZ-FM had drifted into an automated album-oriented rock format itself, which remained in place through 1981.During the years as a rock station, WBZ-FM also simulcast the hourly newscasts from WBZ, the commercial spots on which were the only commercials heard on the FM side.In 1981, WBZ-FM was sold to Greater Media, becoming that company's first Boston station. Under the new ownership, the station signed off for a couple of weeks at the very end of 1981. During this silent period, Greater Media installed a new transmitter and raised the height of the antenna on the WBZ-TV tower. A few years later, the transmission equipment was relocated to the Prudential Tower, improving the station's signal in Downtown Boston.The new 106.7 signed on at 6 p.m. on January 6, 1982 as WMJX, "Magic 106", using the adult contemporary format pioneered by Greater Media at WMGK in Philadelphia, and also heard on WMGQ in New Brunswick, New Jersey and WMJC in Detroit. The station's first song was "Magic" by Olivia Newton-John. By the mid-1980s, the station's name evolved to "Magic 106.7".WMJX faced several competitors, including WROR (98.5 FM, now the current WBZ-FM), WVBF (105.7 FM, now the current WROR-FM), WSSH (99.5 FM, now WCRB), and, to some extent, easy listening station WJIB (96.9 FM, now WTKK) upon debuting; however, during the 1990s, all four stations changed formats. (WROR-FM and WTKK are now also owned by Greater Media; the company at one time also operated the 99.5 frequency as WKLB-FM.)Two of the personalities on Magic 106.7, Nancy Quill and David Allan Boucher, have been on the station since its inception. Boucher hosts the very popular nighttime show Bedtime Magic, and has also been heard on several other stations around the country, including sister stations WMGC-FM in Detroit and WMGQ.WMJX has had only three program directors during its entire run. Jack Casey was the original program director from 1981 to 1986, followed by Phil Redo. Don Kelley has served as program director since October 1989.During the early 2000s, WMJX was one of the few AC stations not to broadcast wall-to-wall Christmas music during the weeks leading up to Christmas. In 2005, WMJX joined the bandwagon and broadcast an all-Christmas format from the day after Thanksgiving through December 25. It has not done so in subsequent years, although sister station WROR-FM has broadcast an all-Christmas format during the holidays since 2007.

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