Alternative Returns To 101.1 Chicago

Q87.7 Q101 Alternative 101.1 Chicago WKQX WIQI I101 Merlin Media CumulusUpdate 1/10: Following Semisonic’s “Closing Time”, 101.1 WIQI flipped to a simulcast of “Q87.7” as the Alternative format made its return to its heritage frequency in Chicago.

Currently stunting as being still under construction, the station is branding itself currently as “A New Alternative Station Coming To 101.1”. WIQI has applied to transfer the WKQX call letters back to 101.1 as well. The call letters are currently held on a CP in Watseka, IL controlled by Randy Michaels’ Radioactive LLC.

Listen to the return of Alternative to 101.1 at

The first hour of the new 101.1 format consisted of:
Foo Fighters – Times Like These
Cage The Elephant – Come A Little Closer
Phoenix – Lisztomania
Bastille – Pompeii
Smashing Pumpkins – Today
The Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes
Linkin Park & Steve Aoki – A Light That Never Comes
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush (Acoustic Take 2)
Lorde – Royals
Rise Against – Savior
Beck – Devil’s Haircut
Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
Incubus – Drive

Update 1/8: The Alternative format of “Q87.7” will make its return to the 101.1 frequency on Friday, January 10 at 9:00am.

In a post on the station’s Facebook page, Program Director PJ Kling wrote:

GUESS WHO’S MOVING!! Many have read the press release talking about the return of Alternative to 101.1. It’s true! Being totally honest with you, we have as many questions as you do, but we do know what the first step is.

Beginning Friday, we will simulcast our station on both the 87.7 and 101.1 signals for a period of 30-45 days. That begins at 9am.

After that simulcast, we’ll be locked into 101.1 permanently.

Get your packing tape and bubble wrap, share this, tell your friends, and get the word out.

Alternative is returning to 101.1.

Original Report 1/3: Cumulus Media has announced it has leased with an option to later purchase Classic Rock “97.9 The Loop” WLUP and Rhythmic Hot AC “I101” WIQI Chicago from Merlin Media.

The deal will also include the intellectual property of Alternative “Q87.7” WKQX-LP, which will return to 101.1 replacing WIQI next week. The two signals will simulcast for a month. Cumulus will begin operating WLUP and WIQI today via the LMA.

Cumulus currently owns Classic Hits 94.7 WLS-FM and News/Talk 890 WLS in the Chicago market.

Reports of the sale of the Merlin Media properties to Cumulus was first broken by RadioInk.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

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