Mancow's Final Broadcast On Q101 Will Be July 14th
July 11, 2006 at 3:45 PM (PT)
EMMIS Alternative WKQX (Q101)/CHICAGO announced today (7/11) that the final broadcast of MANCOW'S MORNING MADHOUSE will air on the station on FRIDAY, JULY 14th. MANCOW's final live show aired TUESDAY. Q101 will run MANCOW "best of" shows the rest of the week.
On MONDAY, JULY 17th, Q101 will kick off a music-intensive "SUMMER OF SHUFFLE" to match Q101’s "ON SHUFFLE" programming the rest of the day hosted by longtime Q101 vet JAMES VAN OSDOL. Q101 is planning to launch a new morning show on SEPTEMBER 18th.
...to expand my audience without interference I need a new partner.
EMMIS/CHICAGO VP/GM MARV NYREN said, "It’s an exciting time here at Q101. ‘Q101 ON SHUFFLE’ which represents 85 percent of our weekly programming has proven to be incredibly popular with our listenership, which primarily is composed of individuals within the 18-49 demographic. In light of this, we’ve decided that the time has come for us to develop a morning show that will better serve the needs and sensibilities of this audience. These changes will provide our core listeners with a format that they can enjoy continuously, all day, every day."
EMMIS/CHICAGO VP/Programming MIKE STERN added, "MANCOW has been an enormous asset to Q101, and we’re grateful to him for his eight great years at the station. MANCOW is a tremendous talent, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. While we are sad to part ways, for Q101 to continue to grow and expand our audience, we realize that it’s important for us to provide listeners with a morning show with broader appeal that better fits the tone of the rest of the station’s programming. We believe we have that show and will be excited to bring it to CHICAGO this FALL."
Mancow Seeking New Flagship
In a statement released TUESDAY, MANCOW MULLER announced that he is seeking a new flagship station to replace Q101 after fulfilling his present contract with the station.
"I am committed to honor my current agreement with EMMIS to continue broadcasting MANCOW'S MORNING MADHOUSE from Q101 through the duration of my contract," said MULLER. "However, to expand my audience without interference I need a new partner."
"I wish EMMIS management didn’t frown on my relationship with FOX NEWS CHANNEL and my success in national syndication," added MULLER. "I’ve enjoyed working with EMMIS, but they’ve wanted me to talk only about their narrow music world and related issues despite the fact that my track record and numbers are growing consistently as I broaden the subject matter of the show."
The show will continue to be syndicated by TRN-FM, which will produce the show while MULLER transitions to a new flagship station in the CHICAGO market. Assuring affiliates that the show will continue as usual, TRN's MARK MASTERS told stations in an e-mail that "both TRN-FM and MANCOW are committed to the syndication of the Show and to ensuring that its many fans throughout the country continue to enjoy the Show on an uninterrupted basis." And in a statement distributed along with MANCOW's own statements, MASTERS said "MANCOW’s track record of success in the top ten markets combined with the fact that his show has become an attractive environment for more than 25 national brand advertisers since 2004 position him favorably to take full advantage of the ratings quagmire created by STERN’s early replacements. With more top markets on the way by year’s end, the MANCOW juggernaut is positioned for unprecedented growth."