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Q87.7 Chicago Debuts

Q87.7 WKQX WKQX-LP Chicago 87.7 UndergroundQ Underground Q Q101Merlin Media launched Alternative “Q87.7” WKQX-LP Chicago at 7pm this evening.

The first song was Rise Against’s “Satellite”. The station is also simulcasting on 101.1 WIQI-HD3.As previously reported, Jim Richards most recently PD at “Click 98.9” KLCK Seattle will be overseeing the new launch.

Here’s a quick look at the music on Q87.7 in its second hour on air:
Foo Fighters – These Days
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul To Squeeze
Cage The Elephant – Shake Me Down
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Florence & The Machine – Shake It Out
Sublime – Doin Time
Foster The People – Helena Beat
Death Cab For Cutie – You Are A Tourist
30 Seconds To Mars – The Kill (Bury Me)
Coldplay – Paradise
Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Rise Against – Satellite
Muse – Undisclosed Desires
Black Keys – Lonely Boy

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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  1. And to make matters a bit nuttier, the Q101.com folks beat Merlin by an hour. They’re now simulcasting the webstream on WJJG 1530, a small suburban daytime AM station:

    http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/2477-two-alternative-rock-radio-stations-launch-wjjg-a-wkqx


  2. Its about time!!! how can the 3rd largest city in the county have gone with out an alternative station for this long.. what 9 months??.. well thank god we have something other than news, bubble gum pop and rap now 🙂


  3. Merlin running channel 6, almost as an format incubator of sorts, is actually a good move. Who knows how long classic rock will continue to be a viable format… perhaps in the remaining life span of channel 6’s analog life.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if, once channel 6 is forced to convert to digital in 2+ years, WKQX could ultimately replace the Loop at 97.9.

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