Thank You and Goodbye
The final stories have been covered at FM News 101.9 (WEMP-FM, New York) and FM News 101.1 (WIQI-FM, Chicago). Both stations have thrown in the news towel and opted for music. It's Alternative in New York and Adult Hits in Chicago. Merlin Media CEO Randy Michaels said, "It was a difficult decision to make, but after a year of minimal audience engagement, coupled with the format’s inherent expense, I felt it was time to make a change. I’d like to thank the people who poured their heart and soul into the effort and I wish them all the best.”
Less than one year ago we featured Randy Michaels on our cover. He was very high on the new female-focused all-news format. That was followed by consistent jabs at the competition, WBBM, at the time only heard on AM. WBBM quickly picked up an FM frequency, the Michaels love-affair with Walter Sabo fizzled out early and the ratings never materialized. So there was no magic for Michaels in the newsroom so now it's back to the music.
Read our cover story with
Randy Michaels from October of 2011
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