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
Beasley Broadcast Group Names New Management Team In Tampa-St. Petersburg
Beasley Promotes Chris O’Kelley To OM In Augusta, GA
Darla Thomas Named PD At WLNK-FM
November 25, 2014
Entravision Announces Extension Of Share Repurchase Program
OG 97.9 FM Debuts In Atlanta Today
Kassof Research: Country P1’s: Country Proud
In Brief - November 25, 2014
November 24, 2014
T-Mobile Doubles Down On Music Freedom, Adds 14 New Services
Shawn Barron Named VP, Urban A&R For Atlantic Records
Kassof Research: A/C P1’s: Comfort Food
In Brief - November 24, 2014
November 21, 2014
RAB Report: Radio Shows Double-Digit Growth In Digital Revenue For Q3
The Week In Review: 11/17-11/21
Jaysson Reno Named VP, Sales For KGO-AM, KSFO-AM
Kassof Research: CHR P1's: Excited & Social
In Brief - November 21, 2014
November 20, 2014
Cumulus Promotes Jeff Davis To National Director Of Stratus Music Scheduling
Mike Fredrick Named Hubbard Radio Cincinnati VP/Market Manager
Hubbard Radio Announces New Division, 2060 Digital, LLC
Kassof Research: Christian Radio P1’s: Mission Accomplished
In Brief - November 20, 2014
November 19, 2014
Musicians On Call Raises $700,000 At 15th Anniversary Celebration
iStreamMEDIA Adds Christopher Cottrill As VP/Music Content, Programming
Jordan Blaugrund Promoted To VP, Digital Marketing, RCA Records
DeVito/Verdi Retained To Drive Awareness Of NextRadio App
Music News
One Direction Celebrate 4th Straight #1 Album
Quick Hits: Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Scott Stapp
Fall Out Boy To Drop Album in January
Quick Hits: Kurt Cobain, One Direction, Bob Dylan, Baha Men
One Direction Dominates 2014 AMAs
Katy Perry Is Ready For Some Football
Quick Hits: 5 Seconds of Summer, Drake & 2 Chainz, Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert, James Blake & Kanye West
Iggy Azalea, J. Lo To Team Up on AMAs
The Week In Review: 11/17-11/21
Quick Hits: Saturday Night Live, Billboard Touring Awards, YouTube Music Awards, Arcade Fire
Quick Hits: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Young The Giant, Guns N' Roses, Jimmy Ruffin
Taylor Swift's 1989 Remains At #1
Quick Hits: U2, Katy Perry, Paramore, Lana Del Rey, The Voice
Foo Fighters Announce Major 2015 North American Tour
Ed Sheeran Launches "Thinking Out Loud"
FMQB NOW

Jon Zellner
SVPP, iHeartMedia

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!