106.9 Philadelphia

K-Love Debuts On 106.9 Philadelphia

Update 11/4: “IQ 106.9” signed off at midnight last night and soon-after the station returned to the air as Christian AC “K-Love“. EMF has moved the WKVP call letters from its 89.5 Cherry Hill, NJ to 106.9. 89.5 is now WYPA and will soon shift to EMF’s Christian CHR “Air-1” network. Update 8/13: The sale of WWIQ has been filed with the FCC. EMF will pay Merlin Media $20,250,000 for the station. Original Report 8/7: EMF Broadcasting has purchased Conservative Talk “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Camden/Philadelphia from Merlin Media. No price has been disclosed. Upon completion of the sale, EMF will flip the station to Christian AC “K-Love“. There will be no LMA prior to closing. Merlin Media acquired what was then WKDN from Family Radio in ...Read More

Limbaugh & Hannity To Return To WPHT

With the sale of “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Philadelphia closing shortly, CBS Conservative Talk 1210 WPHT will make room in what had been a mostly local lineup for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity beginning on Monday, October 28. Limbaugh will air live in his 12-3pm daypart, while Hannity will air tape delayed from 9pm to 12am. To make room on the lineup for the new additions, the existing programming on the station will be truncated. Morning host Chris Stigall will lose the 9am hour and air 530-9am. Dom Giordano will slide from 10am-2pm to 9am-12pm. Afternoon host Dick Morris will lose the 2pm hour, and Rich Zeoli drops the 10pm hour from his now 6-9pm show. The station had been featuring a loop of guest hosts in the 10pm-1am slot, which will no longer be necessary with the addition of Han...Read More

Imus Replaces Local Hosts At WWIQ Philadelphia

The revolving door of local hosts in the short history of Merlin News/Talk “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Camden/Philadelphia is over as the station brings in the syndicated Don Imus starting Monday, July 15. The station launched in May 2012 with “Philly’s Morning News” hosted by then Program Director Al Gardner and longtime Philadelphia television anchor Larry Mendte. Mendte was let go at the end of 2012 and replaced by WPIX-TV New York commentator Lionel. Gardner departed the station in March. The syndicated Imus previously had a long run in mornings on CBS’ crosstown News/Talk 1210 WPHT. His Cumulus Media Networks program will air on WWIQ from 6-9am.

Pair Of Talk Hosts Depart Philadelphia

Both of Philadelphia’s Talk stations are seeing a high profile host depart their station after a short term At Merlin Media’s “IQ 106.9” WWIQ morning co-host Larry Mendte was let go. In a Facebook post announcing his departure from the station, Mendte thanks Randy Michaels and understands that the move will resuscitate rumors of Merlin Media selling the station. As most of you know, I have not been on the air for the past week. I have been told that many of you have called the station asking where I am and I thank you for that. The truth is I am no longer working at IQ 106.9. It was not my choice and since my show was by far the highest rated local show I am certain this will fuel the industry rumors that the station is being sold. I hope that is not true as the sta...Read More

WPHT & WWIQ Philadelphia Fill Lineups

Merlin Media’s “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Philadelphia has officially confirmed that Rush Limbaugh will debut on the station on Monday, June 25. The addition of Limbaugh from noon to 3pm finalizes the daytime lineup on the station that also includes a local news block with Al Gardner and Larry Mendte from 5am to 9am and syndicated talkers Glenn Beck from 9am to 12pm and Sean Hannity from 3pm to 6pm. Dial Global’s Overnight America with Jon Grayson has been added for overnights. The evening slots are still to be filled, although a comment on the station’s Facebook page hints at the addition of Mark Levin, whose show currently airs on Salem’s 990 WNTP in the market. CBS fills the departure of Limbaugh at 1210 WPHT with the addition of a new local afternoon drive prog...Read More

IQ 106.9 Philadelphia To Debut Monday

Update 5/7: 106.9 ended the all Sean Hannity programming at 9am this morning. It went straight into an ABC Newscast and Glenn Beck with the “IQ 106.9” branding in place. Original Report 5/6: Merlin Media will debut News/Talk “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Camden/Philadelphia on Monday, May 7. In this video posted on YouTube, Larry Mendte goes after the existing Philadelphia news media and announces he will debut at 5am Monday. He takes particular aim at CBS and their KYW 1060 for being stale and having a corporate agenda. So far we know Mendte and Al Gardner will be heard from 5am to 9am. Sean Hannity will still be heard either in afternoon drive or tape delayed to evenings. The worst kept secret in radio is that Rush Limbaugh will debut on 106.9 once his 90 day’s notice end...Read More

WKDN Gives Way To Hannity 106.9; IQ Coming

Update 5/1: Philadelphia Magazine gives some more details on the lineup of the coming “IQ 106.9“. Former WCAU-TV and KYW-TV anchor Larry Mendte, who we teased would be involved with Merlin prior to launch will co-host mornings with PD Al Gardner. Mendte has also been heard as the imaging voice on “Hannity 106.9“. The article also confirms Glenn Beck will host the 9am to noon slot preceding Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Update 4/16 2:00pm: After approximately 15 minutes of dead air at noon, 106.9 began its stunting with All Sean Hannity with the WWIQ calls now in place. Original Report 4/16 12:30am: Merlin Media has begun the process of converting its recently acquired 106.9 WKDN Camden/Philadelphia to News/Talk. The station’s carrier dropped its Family Radio...Read More

106.9 Philadelphia Truth & Rumors

Update 4/12: As we draw near to the launch of Merlin Media debuting its programming on 106.9 WKDN, information regarding its future programming is now starting to leak. We all know by now that Rush Limbaugh will be moving to the station sometime in the next 90 days following the termination of its syndication with CBS’ 1210 WPHT. Rumors persist that Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity will be joining Rush on 106.9, and Merlin did make a registration for Hannity1069.com this week. Merlin has also dropped MAJOR hints on the branding of its new station. Domain registrations have been made for IQ1069.com and IQ1069FM.com. A matching Twitter account is live @IQ1069, but most importantly Merlin made a request for the WWIQ calls on March 19. Original Report 4/2: Merlin Media closed on its purchase ...Read More

Premiere Moves Rush Limbaugh In Philadelphia

The New York Times reports that CBS’ 1210 WPHT Philadelphia will no longer serve as Rush Limbaugh’s affiliate in the market. The statement by CBS to the Times makes it clear that Premiere Radio Networks is pulling the affiliation from the station. “Premiere recently notified WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia. As a result, we are pleased to be able to now showcase Michael, who is a well-known and acclaimed broadcaster in the market, in this new time period.” Michael is Michael Smerconish, the former WPHT morning host, who’s 12-3pm syndicated program has aired on tape delay from 3 to 6pm. The program will now move to a live clearance on the station. The new home for Limbaugh in Philadelphia has not been disclosed. The likely de...Read More

WKDN Philadelphia Sold

Update 12/7: Merlin paid $22.5 Million for WKDN. Original Report 12/6: As first reported by ChicagolandRadioAndMedia.com, Merlin Media has acquired 106.9 WKDN Camden, NJ/Philadelphia from Harold Camping’s Family Radio for an undisclosed price. The purchase makes Philadelphia the third market and fourth station for Merlin joining 101.9 WEMP New York and 97.9 WLUP and 101.1 WIQI Chicago. All expectations have the station going All-News competing with CBS’ market leading 1060 KYW. Merlin acquired FMNewsPhiladelphia.com along with domains for many other markets earlier this summer. It had been known that WKDN and 107.9 WFSI Annapolis, MD (which was sold to CBS last month) were on the market since the summer when they applied to return to commercial status. WKDN is Class B operating...Read More

Did CBS Buy WKDN and WFSI From Family Radio?

Update 12/6: The Randy Michaels led Merlin Media, not CBS has acquired WKDN from Family Radio. Update 11/16: CBS has acquired 107.9 WFSI from Family Radio. No word yet on the status of WKDN. Original Report 10/26: Rumor Insight: Buried in a story about the retirement of Family Stations Inc. head Harold Camping after his two false rapture predictions and a stroke, The Christian Post is reporting that Family Radio has a tentative deal in place to sell 106.9 WKDN Camden, NJ and 107.9 WFSI Annapolis, MD to CBS. We’ve known that the two stations have been on the market since this summer when Family Stations applied to convert the two from non-commercial status back to commercial. There had been plenty of rumored suitors for the pair, but due to a history of deals between the companies dat...Read More

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