Merlin Media, the company that bought and canned Q101, is bringing two new radio stations to the airwaves this week.
And it’s not Q101.
Its Q 87.7 fm and they’re calling it “Chicago’s Underground Alternative.” Spinning tracks from Rage Against The Machine, The Shins, White Stripes, The Black Keyes, and Smashing Pumpkins, it sounds promising. There is a Q87.7 Facebook page already up though. Since 87.7 fm used to be a smooth jazz radio station that nobody listened to, this looks to be a good change of pace.
101.1 fm is still a talk news radio station, and has predictably tanked since the start. It’s now completely bottoming out, which is probably why we’re hearing some rock back on Chicago airwaves- “Meanwhile, as FM News 101.1 continues to languish at the bottom of the ratings and bleed red ink, the station eliminated three news anchors Friday in a restructuring of assignments. Much of its output now comes from the station’s counterpart in New York through shared anchor arrangements,” according to a Time Out Chicago article.
Q101 is supposedly set to be back on the radio as 1530 am WJJG as of this weekend. I couldn’t get it going on my radio to confirm it, but you can stream Q101 on http://q101.com/ if your radio is also a bum and can’t pick up 1530 am.
So what is up with Q101? Q101 is still around and now streaming online and now on 1530am. To find out the details of why they were taken off air check out: Q101.com/faq/.
I’m glad we got some rock back on the FM airwaves that doesn’t suck as bad as 97.9 The Loop or The Drive. But why is the new alt rock station have the ‘Q’ 87.7 fm if it’s all separate from ‘Q’ 101?
Also, just an additional disclaimer, I don’t fully support 87.7 as it’s under management of Merlin Media and Randy Michaels, both notorious for unprofessionalism and mismanagement since Michaels’ firing from the Tribune company. I’d recommend tuning into Q101 on the 1530 AM airwaves over 87.7fm.