Management shake-ups at Chicago Citadel, Emmis stations

– At WKQX-FM (Q101): Marc Young has been named Program Director at the Alternative station, from Associate Program and Music Director at Emmis’ KMVA-FM (Movin’ 97.5). – At WLUP-FM (The Loop): Emmis’ classic rocker also made a move by promoting Bill Klaproth from Associate Program Director to Program Director. – At WZZN-FM: The Oldies/Classic Hits outlet named Mike Fowler as […]

The Fall Arbitron books, Part II

Wondering how the recently-released Fall Arbs fared demographically? Well, here you go, courtesy of All Access (As a bonus, you get San Diego numbers in the article, too!): – Urban contemporary WGCI-FM swept the adults 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54 categories by finishing first. -Thanks to Christmas music, WLIT soared back into the top ten in key 18-49 and 25-54 demos. […]

Q101 dumps Morning Fix

After fourteen months on the air (and maybe a moral victory for Mancow), Alternative outlet WKQX (or Q101) has deep-sixed the The Morning Fix. The station is dumping comedy elements from its morning show and is keeping a skeleton staff on hand to do traffic, weather, and sports and re-foucsing its efforts on music in the daypart. The move comes […]

WLS, WGCI big losers in book

Both down a full point since last summer, while WGN blows out the competition (like the Colorado Rockies, WGN may never lose a book again!) For the complete results, click here. Update (10-16-06): No Feder today for some reason, so the daypart breakdowns will have to wait. In the meantime, here’s a Tribune story on the numbers, which contains some […]

Mancow sues Emmis and Q101

Erich “Mancow” Mueller has filed a lawsuit against Emmis Communications, his former employer who dismissed him last year as morning jock at the company’s alternative rock station, WKQX-FM, or Q101. The suit he filed was for $6 million dollars. In the lawsuit, Mueller alleges that Emmis kept him from employing him on another radio station in the market (he nearly […]

Presenting the Spring 2007 Arbitron book

For Chicago and Milwaukee. Random thoughts: -WGCI-FM, WVAZ, and WPWX all are down from last book. The Howard McGee debacle at WGCI certainly won’t help them as they might not see No.1 for a very long time. – WBBM-FM got pummeled by WKSC-FM (Kiss), falling out of the top 10 and recording their worst numbers since 1982. Time for some […]

LaSorte new boss at Emmis stations

Former WGN-AM programming head Tisa LaSorte has been promoted to the newly created position of brand manager of The Loop (WLUP) and Q101 (WKQX). She’ll oversee both stations’ programming, marketing, promotions, and new media. She’ll report directly to Marv Nyren, who is a regional vice president and marketing manager of Emmis’ radio cluster in Chicago. And believe it or not, […]

The price is wrong, so you must be fixed

To coincide with Bob Barker’s retirement from The Price Is Right next month, The Sun-Times reprinted an interview in today’s editions with Robert Feder conducting an interview with him in New York on August 6, 1985. In this article, Feder bought items from a grocery store and played a pricing game on ol’ Bob. He missed every one of them […]

Deconstructing Feder

Robert Feder’s column in the Sun-Times today: – WCIU-TV is taking advantage of WFLD-TV’s move of The Simpsons to 10:35 p.m. by taking out billboards proclaiming that “Now Bart can watch The King of Queens at 10 p.m.” Somehow, I envisioned Bart watching Futurama on Adult Swim instead… – Meet WKQX-FM’s (or Q101) spokesman: retiring Price is Right host Bob […]

Emmis fires PDs at WLUP, WKQX

Mike Stern of Q101 (WKQX-FM) and Tim Dukes of the Loop (WLUP-FM) are out, and Radio & Records is reporting on their front page that the positions are being combined into one. The alternative and classic rock formatted stations, respectively, have struggled in the ratings in the last few years – to the point that both stations have fallen out […]

Fall Arbitron books (Updated)

The Arbitron radio books are out today for Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria, Rockford, South Bend, Bloomington, and The Quad Cities. Robert Feder analyzes the Chicago book for the Sun-Times, while Tim Cuprisin does the same for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Chicago Winners: Urban Contemporary WGCI-FM Chicago’s tops the fall ratings book. WLIT ought to thank Santa for its Christmas music-fueled ratings jump. […]

Chicago, Milwaukee Arbitrends out (Part 2)

From Radio and Records, the Arbs Part 2 from Chicago and Milwaukee.Thoughts: News-talk rules in this region as WGN and WTMJ top the charts. Among CHRs, WBBM-FM (B96) is tops while WKSC (Kiss 103.5) slips a little. WZZN’s oldies format is a big winner — best ratings for that frequency in 18 years. WKQX (Q101) may be headed for a […]

Chicago Arbitrends

First Arbitrends ratings radio report for the fall season: WGN and WGCI are tied for first, WZZN’s Oldies format is starting to pay dividends (best ratings for that frequency I’ve seen in least 18 years), The “feel good music” revolution is making WILV (Love FM) and WLIT feel bad, and WLUP (The Loop) and WKQX (Q101) continue to s(t)ink. Where’s […]