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News Tue Jun 21 2011

Q101 to Become an All-News Station?

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News broke this morning that Emmis Communications has sold Q101 (WKQX) and the Loop (WLUP) to Merlin Media, led by former CEO of Tribune Co. Randy Michaels. While neither Q101 nor Merlin Media have officially announced the fate of the station, journalist Robert Feder tipped us off this morning that 101.1 will drop music and become an all-news station within the next 45 days. While we are still awaiting an official announcement, several Q101 DJs and employees have all but confirmed the rumors via Twitter this morning.

Q101 has been an alternative music institution in Chicago for the past two decades and their departure will undoubtedly leave a gaping hole in the heart of the Chicago music scene.

 
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Scott / June 22, 2011 9:16 AM

A gaping hole? No more Alice In Chains and Rage Against The Machine circa 1994.

that_girl / June 22, 2011 1:39 PM

I have to admit a small amount of schaudenfraude here based on personal experience with one of their DJs...

But I will miss the only station in town to ever play Our Lady Peace.

rebelution / June 22, 2011 4:12 PM

Goodbye to hearing sublime and slightly stooped on the radio. Q101 will be missed dearly.

Lisa / July 13, 2011 3:12 PM

I can't believe they are taking away the only ALternative Rock station that Chicago has. Even if they made The Loop all talk, it would be a sad day in Chicago but at least you could turn the knob to The Drive, XRT and hear similar music. The best too all the deejays who are out of a job. Dont the new media company know that if it isn't broke, don't fix it? Damn the new people taking over. I hope you fail miserably. Talk is for AM!
Friday will be the day the music died. Good Bye Godsmack, Korn, Rage, Offspring, Smoking Popes, Gravity Kills and all the other great Alternative bands!

~M. / July 14, 2011 1:01 AM

Everything Lisa said rings true.

I am losing my default station, just as I lost 94.7 before it became Oldies.
Now I am down to 2 1/3 station options...(the 1/3 being a station that changes after 9pm)

I know radio is seen as somewhat a dying medium, but to do something such as this...it's demeaning to the music scene. It's insulting to see a great pillar of Chicago radio be turned into another rather useless "news-feed."

Kelly Reaves / July 14, 2011 4:57 PM

I'm with Scott. Good riddance. If you want to hear some decent music on the radio start at 89.3 go down.

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