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.


  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:


  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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