Merlin Media Officially Launches FM News 101.1/Chicago
August 1, 2011

Randy Michaels was serious when he said the former WKQX/Chicago wouldn't be flipping to News on August 1...because they did it on July 29 instead. The ex-Q101, now WWWN, became "FM News 101.1" late on Friday. The station, now controlled by Merlin Media, had been stunting as Hot AC, with News segments in the mix.

Merlin sent out a formal announcement of the new format on Sunday, saying FM News 101.1 listeners "will experience credible news, jargon-free traffic reports, and accurate weather. Listeners will engage with information from leading experts on subjects such as health, family, career, money, entertainment, beauty, and more. The stationís terrific content will be accessible through many platforms including online video, social media, mobile, and tablets. Advertisers will become part of a highly effective mix that includes sponsorships, billboards, endorsements, Internet, mobile, tablets, and live reads." 

"My favorite format has always been spoken radio," said Randy Michaels, CEO of Merlin Media. "Iíve long had a nostalgic love affair with the big AM stations known for the format, and today Ė as music moves to the iPod Ė itís time for spoken word to move to FM. Iím proud to be part of Chicagoís only 24-hour all-news station." 

Walter Sabo, COO of Merlin Media added, "Busy adults have told us they need their information on FM, online, and through social media. Our team is prepared to serve them with unparalleled content on every stage." 

"Weíve put together a stellar group of Chicago information news hosts, writers and producers," said Andy Friedman, VP of Programming at Merlin Media. "They will identify precisely the stories our listeners demand."

Merlin also announced a lengthy list of new hires and staffers for FM News 101.1, which can be found on the Merlin website here.




 
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