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Merlin Media killing smooth jazz 87.7 to bring alt rock to TV Ch. 6 in Chicago

Merlin Media killing smooth jazz 87.7 to bring alt rock to TV Ch. 6 in Chicago

Editors’ note: Since the publication of this article the smooth jazz format has returned to the Chicago airwaves. Read this December 31, 2014 update for more details. In a move whose logic I honestly don’t understand, Randy Michael’s Merlin Media has entered into a local marketing agreement with Venture Technologies Group, which owns the low-power […]

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Despite rumors, Columbus' CD101 stays put

Despite rumors, Columbus’ CD101 stays put

Keep your fingers crossed that we’ve heard the last of the CD101 rumors.  As we originally mentioned three weeks ago, discussion of the demise of the independently-owned alternative station was fueled when RadioInsight.com noted a couple of curious domain name registrations by Christian broadcaster Salem Media.  Over the past few weeks, CD101 management posted a […]

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Columbus may be losing independent alt rocker CD101 to Christian talk or music

Columbus may be losing independent alt rocker CD101 to Christian talk or music

Following on last week’s review of Boston’s stalwart independent alt rock station WFNX, we have some more unfortunate news. Columbus, Ohio’s WWCD, which has been broadcasting with a modern rock format under the CD101 moniker since August of 1990, appears to be nearing the end of the line.  RadioInsight.com reports Christian-focused Salem Media purchased two […]

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107.1 WFNX Alternative Boston

Boston’s WFNX: One of the first and last alt rock independents

Boston’s WFNX (101.7 FM) is somewhat of an oddity in the world of commercial alternative radio. Most heritage modern rock stations were either owned by a large conglomerate, positioning themselves to the listener as independent (Los Angeles’ iconic KROQ, for example, was owned by Infinity Broadcasting starting in 1986, and has been in the hands […]

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10 months after Tribune Randy Michaels is back with FM news stations in Chicago and NYC

When last we heard from Randy Michaels he was exiting the Tribune Tower in Chicago, resigning after news broke that he turned the company’s broadcast division into Animal House. While the architect of Clear Channel’s buy, consolidate and gut approach to broadcasting was busy allegedly throwing poker parties, he shuffled beloved hosts and drove down […]

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