There's a new experimental FM in town. Avis Rent-a-Car is operating, or at least sponsoring, KF2XBF 88.5 FM at Boston's Logan Airport. The station runs a HALF-HOUR long loop of tourism information and Avis ads. Yes, ads. Yes, 88.5 FM. No, I don't have an explanation. At least it doesn't get out too far...15 miles away, here in the western suburb of Waltham, I still get WFCR Amherst MA on 88.5.
The station stayed on the air for months, and other listeners elsewhere in the country heard similar airport-based operations popping up -- 105.7 at Newark Airport, among others. I heard one in Chicago at 101.5. They all vanished in February, and an article in the June 26 Radio World explains why.
It seems KF2XBF (the RW article says "KF2XFB," but that was not the call I heard on any of the stations I taped) was an experimental license issued for the purpose of experimenting with "providing live on-site radio broadcasts to attendees at sporting events." Authorized frequencies included 530-1705 kHz with 40 watts and 88.1-107.9 MHz with 10 watts.
Only problem was, the programming had nothing to do with sporting events or live on-site broadcasts...and that piqued the interest of a few New England broadcasters, including Ed Perry of WATD-FM (95.9) in Marshfield MA, and WERS-FM (88.9, not 89.1 as RW stated) at Boston's Emerson College. They complained to the FCC...and that set the ball rolling towards an FCC letter this past spring that closed down KF2XBF. (The RW article says everyone in town thought the station was an unlicensed Part 15 at first -- I guess they weren't reading New England RadioWatcher!)
So that seems to be the end of that for now. Curious ears can hear what KF2XBF sounded like by checking out the audio samples here in the Boston Radio Archives.