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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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Appointment Radio: Chicago's 97.9 The Loop goes '90s this weekend, pays tribute to Q101

Appointment Radio: Chicago’s 97.9 The Loop goes ’90s this weekend, pays tribute to Q101

Starting today at 5pm central time, Chicago’s 97.9 The Loop puts their usual classic rock format on hold for a special weekend of programming dubbed “The Sons Of Classic Rock.”  Current Loop DJ, and former member of Chicago-based group Stabbing Westward, Walter Flakus made the announcement on the station’s website: As you may know, I […]

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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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Howard Stern Considers Leaving Sirius for Idol, Mancow Out to Pasture in Chicago (again). Is This Sunset for the Shock Jock?

Howard Stern Considers Leaving Sirius for Idol, Mancow Out to Pasture in Chicago (again). Is This Sunset for the Shock Jock?

There was once a time when a rare breed of radio DJ could scare up controversy and big ratings–not to mention FCC indecency fines–using just his voice, a few on-air cronies and whole lot of bravado, innuendo and hot air. Remember Howard Stern? Arguably the original “shock jock” he was one of the few American […]

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