Merlin Flips FM News In Chicago & New York

FM News 101.9 101.1 WIQI i101 Chicago WEMP New Rock 101.9 New YorkThe “FM News” era at Merlin Media ends just a couple days past the one year anniversary of Merlin taking over both stations.

A little after 10:00 eastern time (9:00 central), both stations said farewell and thanks to the listeners of their News formats before segueing into their new music formats.

WIQI Chicago shifts to a very 90s based Adult Hits format “i101“. WEMP New York returns to Alternative as “New Rock 101.9“. Both potential identities were both reported here over the past few days. You can listen to the debut of “New Rock 101.9 New York at

Merlin CEO Randy Michaels commented on the changes stating, “Effective immediately, Alternative is back on the air in New York as New Rock 101.9 and Adult Hits are on the air in Chicago as i101. 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.”

The majority of staffers at both stations have been dismissed with the format changes. “Q87.7” WKQX Chicago OM Jim Richards is serving as interim OM/PD at both WIQI and WEMP.

The first hour on i101 featured:
NSync – Bye Bye Bye
Pink – Get The Party Started
311 – All Mixed Up
TLC – Waterfalls
EMF – Unbelievable
Goo Goo Dolls – Name
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch – Good Vibration
Alanis Morrisette – You Learn
Poison – Unskinny Bop
Salt N Pepa – Whatta Man
Beck – Loser
Ace Of Base – All That She Wants
Young MC – Bust A Move
Vertical Horizon – Everything You Want

Meanwhile New Rock 101.9 launched with:
Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
Alex Clare – Too Close
Foo Fighters – Walk
Third Eye Blind – Graduate
Phoenix – 1901
Of Monsters & Men – Little Talks
Offspring – Self Esteem
Black Keys – Tighten Up
Pearl Jam – Daughter
Rage Against The Machine – Guerrilla Radio
Foster The People – Don’t Stop
Green Day – Oh Love
Marcy Playground – Sex & Candy
Paramore – Misery Business
Group Love – Tounge Tied

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