FM Radio enters an “all-news” era in Chicago

Last week, Chicago did not have FM all-news stations. As of 8:10 a.m., we had not just one – but two as the race between the Court Jester and The Church of Tisch for all-news supremacy begins. On Friday, WWWN-FM (101.1 FM) dropped all music from its airwaves and became all-news, with Merlin Media making the announcement official on Sunday […]

The new WWWN-FM: It’s winning radio

The new WWWN-FM and Charlie Sheen… A “winning” combination! Welcome to WWWN-FM – Winning Radio – a place where someone is always winning and where you definitely won’t find the Cubs (or the White Sox.) And holding down morning drive is the one and only… Charlie Sheen! He’s always winning! Okay, so the new 101.1 isn’t nicknamed “Winning Radio”… and […]

Merlin vs. CBS in a "Fresh" smackdown

Meet Merlin Media’s new mascot. Don’t let the Florida Marlins garb fool you.  Ladies and gentlemen… grab a ringside seat because it’s time for the Chicago radio smackdown between old standby The Church Of Tisch and newcomer Merlin Media! In what promises to be the first of many clashes between CBS and Merlin, the two exchanged not-so-friendly letters to each […]

Radio 101: Taking you back to the old school

Today’s lesson on Radio 101: We’re taking you back to the old school – with an old school jock. As part of its soon-to-be launch of its news/talk format, WKQX-FM, which was known as Alternative/Modern Rock Q101, is heading back to its Adult Contemporary roots as part of its “stunting” until its new permanment format is ready to go. First […]

T Dog’s Six Pack: The winning (radio) spirit

For the first time ever, the three items in the Winner’s circle this week are all radio items – how about that? (of course its summer, and there’s very little TV news to report on. But still….)Winning Attitude. John Williams. WGN Radio’s John Williams raised more than $25,000 during his Thursday show for the Animal Welfare League to replace air […]

Q101, The Loop sold to… Randy Michaels?

The Court Jester rides again. In a move that took everyone by surprise, Emmis Communications sold controlling interest in WLUP-FM (The Loop) and WKQX-FM (Q101) and a New York City station (WRXP-FM) to a constroium headed by former Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels and Chicago-based equity group investement group GTCR, Inc.  The news was first reported yesterday as a tip […]

The Grab Bag: “Wendy Williams” renewed through 2014

Wendy Williams has gotten a new lease on life on her syndicated talk show: Debmar-Mercury announced Monday that the three-season old daytime talk show strip has been renewed by Fox O&Os currently carrying the show through 2014, including WFLD-TV, which airs the show at 10 a.m. and at midnight. Williams has been stronger in markets with large African-American audiences such […]