Merlin Media To Take Over Emmis Stations This Friday
July 12, 2011

Later this week, the radio world will learn the future of the three stations Merlin Media purchased a controlling interest in from Emmis Communications. Merlin is slated to officially take over Rock WRXP/New York and Modern Rock WKQX (Q101)/Chicago as of this Friday, July 15. Rock WLUP (The Loop)/Chicago was also part of the deal, and while its fate is unknown, it is expected to keep its current format for the near future.

Merlin will handle programming and sales for all three stations as of Friday. It has been widely rumored that 'RXP will flip to a News/Talk format. Q101 is also expected to flip to News/Talk as soon as this Friday.

The entire airstaff of Q101 will be let go after Thursday. Q101 midday hostess Electra and afternoon drive host Tim Virgin have both confirmed via Twitter that their last day on Q101 will be this Thursday, July 14. And RXP's Matt Pinfield tweeted on Monday night "new ownership of the station takes over friday. RXP 2008-2011."

According to Chicagoland Radio and Media, "for the time being," the Loop's DJs will remain in place. The new format at Q101 will reportedly include a number of Chicago radio veterans from the News, Talk and Traffic world.

In other Merlin Media news, even though Randy Michaels is heading up the company, he is not the majority owner of Merlin or the stations being acquired. RBR.com links to a document submitted to the FCC, showing the organization of Merlin for the deal. Michaels only holds one percent of a stake in the deal.




 
Breaking News
Hubbard Radio Purches 30% Stake In PodcastOne
Orlando Davis Extends Contract With WiLD 94.1/Tampa
Mix 96.5/Houston Set To Launch The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show
INgrooves Names Gabriella Ianni Director/Promotion & Marketing
In Brief - August 3, 2015
July 31, 2015
Universal Music Group Extends Lucian Grainge Deal
WOGL/Philly Morning Show Host Ross Brittain Announces Retirement
In Brief - July 31, 2015
July 30, 2015
CBS Radio Extends Scott Shannon
iHeartMedia Reports Results For 2015 Second Quarter
Benztown Promotes Christopher "Jack" Johansing To Marketing Director
July 29, 2015
iHeartMedia Charlotte Names Keith Hotchkiss Market President
Pierre Bouvard: Radio's Delivers On Amazon Prime Day
In Brief - July 29, 2015
July 28, 2015
Cumulus Appoints Brian Thomas As PD For WLS-FM/Chicago
AT&T To Activate FM Chips On Android Smartphones
BroadbandTV & BMG Form Strategic Alliance To Support New Generation Of Music Artists
Chicago Radio Legend John Records Landecker To Sign Off After 40 Years On-Air
Cumulus-Buffalo Re-Signs Shredd and Ragan For Mornings At WEDG
Rare Job Ops at 98 Rock/Baltimore
In Brief - July 28, 2015
July 27, 2015
Emmis Announces Executive Promotions
iHeartRadio Joins Snapchat Discover
Pandora Listeners Receive More Uninterrupted Hours With Sponsored Listening
July 24, 2015
Music News
Dr. Dre Confirms New Album Compton Out This Week
Quick Hits: One Direction, The Voice, Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige, The Gaslight Anthem, Paul McCartney
Kanye, Sam Smith, The Who & Many More Announced For iHeartRadio Music Festival
FMQB Retro-Active: Ken Sharp Talks to Cherie Currie, and Reviews Live Releases From The Who and The Rolling Stones
Quick Hits: Dr. Dre, U2, Zayn Malik, Gary Clark Jr.
Macklemore Talks New Album, Relapse Into Drug Use
Quick Hits: Meghan Trainor, Justin Bieber, Janelle MonŠe, Keith Richards, Lollapalooza, Chance The Rapper, Neil Young
Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson Join Farm Aid 30
Quick Hits: Rise Against, Keith Richards, Puscifer, Judas Priest & Mastodon, Mat Kearney, Circa Survive
Rapper Future Hits #1 With Surprise Album
Quick Hits: U2 & Lady Gaga, Disclosure & Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Guns N' Roses, Sevendust, Joseph Jackson
Ed Sheeran TV Special To Air On NBC
The Week In Review: 7/20-7/24
Quick Hits: Five Finger Death Punch, Prince, Meg Myers, The Grateful Dead
Quick Hits: Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth, Vance Joy, Lana Del Rey
FMQB NOW

Jonathan Shuford, PD
WRVW/Nashville

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!