With the announcement, the entire on-air staff at both stations have been released from their contracts as of Thursday. Out at Q101 are morning personalities Brian Sherman & Steve Tingle; midday personality Christine “Electra” Pawlak; night jock Tim Pogo; afternooner Tim Virgin; and various fill-in and weekend jocks.
The move also marks the end of the Alternative/Modern Rock format at Q101 after 19 years and the end of the Q101 monkier after more than 30 years.
Meanwhile, there are no changes planned for The Loop, which for now remains Merlin Media’s sole music outlet.
With the departure of Q101 and WRXP, Alternative/Modern Rock loses two of the top three markets and the number count reporting to Mediabase drops to 68, a blow for an already struggling format.